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The Natural History of Selborne

With Illustrations by Claire Oldham
One of the true classics of nature writing, Gilbert White’s The Natural History of Selborne has charmed readers and inspired naturalists for more than two centuries. In a series of letters to two friends—Thomas Pennant, a zoologist, and Daines Barrington, a prominent barrister—White shares his close observations of the nature he sees around his family home. Through White’s attentive eyes, we see the movement and changes of the seasons and the weather, and the activity of the area’s many animals. White pays particular attention to birds, their nesting and migration, but he also offers detailed observations of many other animals, including sheep, horses, cats, rabbits, squirrels, and even worms and insects. White’s descriptions are lyrical, yet scientifically grounded, and the result is a portrait of his beloved Selborne that is rich and unforgettable. As his brother put it in a review for Gentleman’s Magazine, “Sagacity of observation runs through the work.”

This book, part of Unicorn Press’s In Arcadia series, pairs White’s text with beautiful woodcuts, newly commissioned for this volume, and will be the perfect gift for any lover of the outdoors and the bounteous life that’s found there.

172 pages | 45 line drawings | 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 | © 2015

Biological Sciences: Natural History


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Table of Contents

Letters to Thomas Pennant, Esq
Letters to the Honourable Daines Barrington

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