Octavo (215 x 140 mm.), half modern brown morocco with marbled paper boards, with raised bands to the spine, blind ruled compartments, gilt red calf title and gilt date. With double page folding aquatint frontispiece and 17 engraved maps. pp. xx, 412. In good condition.
FIRST EDITION. This is a curious work focusing on the rivers of Great Britain, seventeen regional maps illustrate them with their tributaries. The accompanying text describes each one and the country through which they flow. The title page describes Henry Skrine as being the successful author of ‘three successive Tours in the North of England and Scotland in 1795, and two successive Tours in South and North Wales’. The work is published by Peter Elmsley (1736-1802) who was according to the British Book Trade Index born in Aberdeenshire and became printer to the Royal Society. Provenance: private English collection. Upcott (1968) xxviii.