White, Gilbert - The Natural History of Selborne. Folio Society 1st, 1962.
In 1789, while an angry Parisian mob stormed the Bastille, the curate of a Hampshire village wrote up his diary: a page on the nesting habits of the nightjar. Nothing could have been more typical of Gilbert White. Untouched by the world outside, his Natural History of Selborne tells the story of the flora and fauna of the idyllic English parish where he spent his life. Selbome was, and still is, a typical southern village, with sandy heaths, water meadows, and woods of oak and beech. In this quiet pastoral scene, White found ample scope to exercise his talents as a naturalist. His letters to two eminent scientists, Daines Barrington and Thomas Pennant, form the backbone of this book, and in them he makes many original contributions to science. Above all, however, it is White's personal involvement which has made this book so enduringly popular. In an age where classification ruled, he talks about animals and birds as if they lived real, valuable lives, packing his letters with stories about them. The seasons come and go in an infinitely renewable progression, marked by the last leaves of Autumn or the first swallow of Summer, in the tranquil world of Selborne. (Folio Society).
10" x 6", 216pp plus 12 plates, white cloth printed overall in black with an illustration, dark brown title-panel with gold lettering, hardback. Illustrated with monochrome drawings by John Piper reproduced by collotype, map endpaper.
Spine sunned (appears dulled due to cloth colour/type); good; no slip-case.
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