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The Natural History of Selborne

Gilbert White
Edited by Anne Secord

February 2016

ISBN: 9780198737759

352 pages
Paperback
196x129mm

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Oxford World's Classics

Price: £8.99

The Natural History of Selborne (1789)is written as a series of letters, which describe with wit and precision the flora and fauna White observes in his Hampshire parish. A classic of nature writing, this edition includes contemporary illustrations, a contextualizing introduction, and an appendix of readers' responses over 200 years.

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The Natural History of Selborne (1789)is written as a series of letters, which describe with wit and precision the flora and fauna White observes in his Hampshire parish. A classic of nature writing, this edition includes contemporary illustrations, a contextualizing introduction, and an appendix of readers' responses over 200 years.

  • An attractively illustrated, critically up-to-date edition of Gilbert White's classic work of natural history
  • Combines minute observation of the behaviour of animals and birds with anecdote and local description, in a charmingly intimate style
  • Includes 17 contemporary illustrations by Thomas Pennant, one of White's chief correspondents
  • Includes a contextualizing introduction and an appendix of responses to the book from scientists, naturalists, poets, novelists, and writers over two centuries
  • Useful explanatory notes add historical context, and a select bibliography, chronology of White, biographical index and general index make this the most comprehensive edition available

About the Author(s)

Gilbert White

Edited by Anne Secord, University of Cambridge

Gilbert White was born in 1720 in Selborne in Hampshire and went to Oriel College, Oxford, where he became a Fellow in 1743. He took ordination and held a number of curacies in the vicinity of Selborne before finally becoming permanent curate of his birthplace in 1784, a position he held until his death in 1793. In 1751 he started keeping his 'Garden Kalendar', and later the 'Naturalist's Journal' he kept for 25 years. The Natural History of Selborne is based on his correspondence with two distinguished naturalists, Thomas Pennant and Daines Barrington.

Anne Secord is an Affiliated Research Scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. The focus of her research and writing is on popular natural history in nineteenth-century Britain, and on horticulture, medicine, and consumption in the eighteenth century. She is completing a book that explores social class, observation, and skill in nineteenth-century natural history for the University of Chicago Press.

Reviews

"As fresh and conversational in style as correspondence between friends, but elegantly and skilfully executed, it is easy to see why it has inspired writers from Darwin to Virginia Woolf" - Juanita Coulston, The Lady

"I don't usually read the Introduction before the book when I read fiction but, in this case, I would definitely recommend it as Secord's Introduction puts White & The Natural History into context." - I Prefer Reading

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