The Natural History And Antiquities Of Selborne, In The County Of Southampton..
Bound in original dark blue boards, gilt. Pages uncut. A little spotting of fly leaves, but otherwise a very good copy. 1904 gift inscription on half title of Volume I.
BELL EDITION OF THE GREAT NATURAL HISTORY CLASSIC
John Van Voorst, 1 Paternoster Row.,
By the late rev. gilbert white. edited by thomas bell, f.r.s., f.l.s., f.g.s., etc.
volume i, natural history, antiquities, naturalist's calendar, observations on various parts of nature, and poems. lix + [i] + 507 + [i] pp. +  pp. publisher's advertisements;
volume ii, correspondence, sermons, account-book, garden kalendar, animals and plants, geology, roman-british antiquities, etc.
TWO VOLUMES. 8vo. 6 x 9 inches. Volume I, lix +  + 507 +  pp. +  pp. publisher's advertisements; Volume II, [iv] + 410 pp. pp. Separate section title for The Antiquities of Selborne and the other parts.
Illustrated by 5 engraved plates, including one in colour and two frontispieces, by 2 facsimiles, including one double page, by three half title and section title vignettes and by 2 figures in text. Decorated by publisher's devices on verso of title pages.
A nice late nineteenth edition of this classic work of literature and natural history which has never been out of print since this its first appearance. The Natural History section is in the form of letters addressed to Thomas Pennant and Daines Barrington. The Antiquities section, describing the history of the parish of Selborne, is also in epistle format but not addressed to known correspondents. This edition, also includes White's additional writings and even his correspondence and account books. The plates feature engravings of The Wakes, village views and facsimiles of documents. Thomas Bell (1792-1880), zoologist and dental surgeon, was Professor of Zoology in King's College, London from 1836 and described some of Darwin's specimens, brought back from the Beagle expedition. Bell later lived at The Wakes, White's Selborne home.
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