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Gilbert White THE NATURAL HISTORY OF SELBORNE Revised Edition Signed by Edward Jesse

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Revised edition hardback with Observations on Various Parts of Nature and The Naturalist's Calendar, edited by Edward Jesse. Published by Henry G. Bohn in 1851. Inscribed by Jesse to a friend on the front endpaper. With forty engravings.
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Revised edition hardback of THE NATURAL HISTORY OF SELBORNE (with Observations on Various Parts of Nature and The Naturalist's Calendar) by Gilbert White and edited by Edward Jesse. Published by Henry G. Bohn in 1851. Inscribed by Jesse to a friend on the front endpaper. With forty engravings.

The book is in very good condition (black pattern-embossed boards with gilt lettering to spine) with age related wear including bumping and rubbing here and there and staining to the page edges, hinges slightly loose but intact; still very presentable. A previous owner's name is inscribed on the front endpaper. No dust jacket. Internally the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears or other inscriptions.

Gilbert White was a pioneering naturalist and ornithologist. This book is a compilation of 44 of his letters to Thomas Pennant, the leading British zoologist of the day, and 66 letters to the Hon. Daines Barrington, an English barrister and another Fellow of the Royal Society. In these letters, White detailed the natural history of the area around his family home at the vicarage of Selborne in Hampshire. These letters contained White's discoveries about local birds, animals and plants. He believed in distinguishing birds by observation rather than by collecting specimens, and was thus one of the first people to separate the similar-looking Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Wood Warbler by means of their song.

416 pages including Illustrations, Notes and Index.

ISBN: N/A

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    11176
  • Weight:
    0.7kg