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115179
[WHITE, Gilbert.]

The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne...

in the County of Southampton: with Engravings, and an Appendix.

Availability: In stock

Published: London by T. Bensley; for B. White and Son, 1789

Stock Code: 115179

£2,000
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition of one the great English books of the eighteenth century, "the first book which raised natural history into the region of literature" (Ency. Brit.) White's Selborne 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).

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Description

Quarto (258 x 190 mm). Early 20th-century olive-green crushed morocco by Riviere & Son, spine richly gilt in compartments with urn tools and floral sprays, French fillet border to sides gilt, all edges gilt, turn-ins richly gilt with a succession of decorative rolls, marbled endpapers.

Illustrations

Engraved vignette title to each section (Natural History & Antiquities), 7 engraved plates of which 2 folding, one these a panoramic view of Selborne as frontispiece. Complete with the terminal errata leaf. With the usual misprints: p. 292 misnumbered 262

Condition

Spine sunned, partial fading along joint and top edge of front board, frequent uniform browning from variations in the paper stock, sympathetically repaired tears to frontispiece and to margins of sigs. A2 and 2L3, folding plate facing p. 259 expertly tipped in, still a very good copy, in a handsome binding.

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