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The Life and Letters of Gilbert White of Selborne

The Life and Letters of Gilbert White of Selborne
2 Volume Set


  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108076500

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  • Published in 1901, this illustrated two-volume biography of the renowned English naturalist Gilbert White (1720–93) presents a thorough account of his life and achievements. Prepared by White's great-great-nephew Rashleigh Holt-White (1826–1920), it incorporates a selection of White's correspondence with family and friends, providing valuable insights into his beliefs and character. Included are letters sent by White's lifelong friend John Mulso (1721–91), who praised the naturalist's work, predicting it would 'immortalise' White and his Hampshire village. Still considered a classic text, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789), featuring White's careful observations of local flora and fauna, is also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection. In the present work, Holt-White sought to correct the 'erroneous statements' that had previously been made about his relative. Volume 1 covers White's life up to August 1776, while Volume 2 focuses on his relationships and intellectual pursuits in later life.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108076500
    • length: 722 pages
    • dimensions: 213 x 140 x 46 mm
    • weight: 0.92kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. The Viti
    2. John White settles at Selborne
    3. Gilbert White's early years
    4. Gilbert White ordained priest
    5. Gilbert White curate of Durley
    6. Death of Gilbert White's father
    7. An addition to the garden at Selborne
    8. A heartwhole bachelor
    9. Barrington suggests account of Selborne fauna
    10. Death of his sister
    11. Gilbert White unable to visit Blackburn
    12. Oestrus curvicauda
    13. Thomas White's inheritance. Volume 2:
    1. The influence of Mr Grimm
    2. The new parlour completed
    3. Account of Collins in The Gentleman's Magazine
    4. Haunted by passages of music
    5. A recipe for a mad dog's bite
    6. Death of Mr Yalden
    7. The Wilts method of brewing
    8. A Selborne parish return
    9. A remarkable prophecy
    10. Dr Chandler settles at Selborne
    11. Dr John White marries
    12. Funeral directions

  • Editor

    Rashleigh Holt-White

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