1877 The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, in the County of Southampton
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Fine Binding, First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding, Pleasing Copy, Signed Binding, Very Scarce
A very scarce large paper copy. The first edition thus, being the first edition edited by Thomas Bell. In a signed binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. Complete in two volumes. 'The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne' is an influential work on antiquities and the natural history of Selborne, a village in East Hampshire, England. This is a collection of letters documenting the natural history of the area around Selborne, written by Gilbert White to other prominent antiquarians and natural historians of his time. The work was well received upon its publication, and has continued to be widely read well into the twentieth century. Fans of the work include the likes of Virginia Woolf, John Ruskin, Charles Darwin, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It is generally considered to be a classic of nature writing and antiquarian writing. With a vignette half-title to each volume. Volume I with a frontispiece, one folding plate, three plates, and two in-text engravings. Volume II with a frontispiece, one folding plate, one colour plate, and two plates. Five of the plates are engraved on india paper. Gilbert White is best known for this work. He worked as a curate for his whole life, and was pioneering as a naturalist and ornithologist. Edited by Thomas Bell, a zoologist and writer from Dorset. He retired when he was seventy after a successful career, and moved to Selborne. When he moved, he became obsessed with the Gilbert White, and begun the project of editing this work. Engraved by H. Adlard, from photographs by Thomas Bell. This work is an octavo. Collated, complete. A finely bound large paper copy of Gilbert White's influential work.
In a half crushed morocco binding with cloth to the boards. Externally, in a lovely condition. A couple of light marks to the boards. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean with only a couple of spots.
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