The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne
and a Garden Kalendar. Edited by R. Bowdler Sharpe, LL.D., with an introduction to the Garden Kalendar by the Very Reverend S. Reynolds Hole, Dean of Rochester, and numerous illustrations by J. G. Keulemans, Herbert Railton, and Edmund J. Sullivan. In two volumes.London, S. T. Freemantle, 1900 Stock Code: 139565
NotesLarge paper edition, number 86 of 160 copies signed by the editor and artists, lavishly bound and illustrated. First published in 1789, White's Selborne is one of the great English books of the 18th century, "the first book which raised natural history into the region of literature" (Encyclopaedia Britannica). The work is arranged into three sequences of letters, those addressed to Pennant and to Barrington forming the natural history portion of the volume, the remainder forming an account of parish antiquities. "White's Natural History of Selborne 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).
2 volumes, quarto (251 x 181 mm). Bound by Birdsall in early 20th-century green crushed full morocco, titles and compartments to spines in gilt, multicoloured morocco onlay to front covers, edges and turn-ins gilt, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, original vellum spines and covers bound in at rear.
Frontispieces and 97 full-page illustrations, smaller illustrations to text.
Spines a little sunned, else in fine condition. A bright and crisp copy, handsomely bound.
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