WHITE, Gilbert (1720-1793). The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne.London: T. Bensley, 1789.

First edition of this work by arguably the founder of popular natural history,who is admired by modern ornithologists as one of the first observers to record detailed notes of birds and their habitats. With page 292 numbered 262, and pages 441-442 omitted from the pagination. Grolier English 62.

Quarto (244 x 182mm). 2 part titles with engraved vignettes; 7 engraved plates including the large folding frontispiece and one other folding plate (spotting and toning to some plates). Contemporary speckled calf (rebacked preserving original spine). Provenance: Chalfont House (bookplate).
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