White, Gilbert

The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne

  • A very beautiful and handsomely bound copy of White's Selborne, one of the great classics of nature writing, originally published in 1789.

    White was a parson, gardner, and naturalist who, between 1751 and his death in 1793, kept a detailed journal of his horticultural activities and observations of the natural world. He was also a member of a wide circle of British naturalists and scientists, and his correspondence, together with material from his journal and his investigations into local antiquities, comprises the text of what would become his magnum opus.

    White's focus on individual observations - of birds, mammals, insects, soils, plant life cycles, weather patterns, and the effects of husbandry - has appealed to amateur naturalists for generations.

    "It was precisely White's resistance to generalization, together with his unending flow of rich particularity, that enabled him to fulfill his main aim, that of encouraging his readers to give ‘a more ready attention’ to the flora and fauna of their daily world... it is this focus of White's on the everyday, on what is accessible to the curious observer in any age, that is a principal reason" for the book's enduring popularity. White's work is "open to everyone, for everyone has observed much of what it describes. Writer and reader each share the inheritance of the natural world, and delight in what is given, so that Selborne becomes an expression of universal thanksgiving, treasured by all" (ODNB).

  •  ...in the County of Southampton. The Standard Edition by E. T. Bennett. Thoroughly revised, with additional notes, by James Edmund Harting. Stereotyped Edition. With ten letters not included in any other edition of the work. Illustrated with engravings by Thomas Bewick and others. London: Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1922. Large octavo (210 x 135 mm). Contemporary tree calf prize binding by Bickers and Son, spine elaborately gilt in compartments, red morocco label, school crest and floral roll to boards gilt, marbled endpapers and edges. Engravings throughout the text. prize bookplate. Just a few minor scuffs to the binding, superb condition.

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