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Published: 12 September 2013

352 Pages | c. 18 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780199591961

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The Natural History of Selborne

Gilbert White
Edited by Anne Secord

  • An attractive illustrated edition of Gilbert White's classic work of natural history that has delighted readers for more than 200 years
  • Combining minute observation of the behaviour of animals and birds with anecdote and local description, White's appealing style has charmed and inspired readers from Charles Darwin to Virginia Woolf
  • Includes c. 18 contemporary illustrations from the work of Thomas Pennant, one of White's chief correspondents
  • The Introduction by Anne Secord sets the work in its eighteenth-century context, showing how its epistolary form is intrinsic to its appeal
  • Features an Appendix of responses to The Natural History of Selborne from scientists, naturalists, poets, novelists, and writers over two centuries
  • Useful Explanatory Notes add historical context and identification, and the edition also includes a Chronology and Biographical Index