The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, in the county of Southampton: with engravings, and an appendix
Price: 1,500.00 GBP
London: Printed by T. Bensley, 1789. First edition, 4to, (vi), 468, (12) pp, bound without the final errata leaf. Folding frontispiece, trimmed to the top edge, two engraved fly titles and 6 plates, armorial bookplate of Edward [Harbord], Lord Suffield, radical politician and anti-slavery campaigner, to paste down. Contemporary tree calf, subtle repairs to joints, gilt decorated spine with an armorial tool, green morocco labels. One of the landmarks of British natural history. "...nobody has managed to rival the grace and ease of White's writing. In a measure this success must be attributed to his style and personality. Central to this last is a modest acceptance that some aspects of the natural scene are beyond understanding. Such 'fear before God' has delighted readers for more than two centuries, and unites the cabinet (of specimens), the laboratory, and the study..." (ODNB).