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The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne.

WHITE (Rev. Gilbert).

WHITE (Rev. Gilbert).

The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. With the Naturalist's Calendar; and Miscellaneous Observations, Extracted from his Papers. A New Edition; with Notes, by Edward Turner Bennett, Esq, and others.

Title-page with engraved vignette and 45 engravings in the text.

8vo. [227 x 145 x 45 mm]. xxiii, [i], 640 pp. Bound c.1920 by Kelly and Sons (signed with a gilt stamp on the rear doublure "Kelliegram Binding") in dark brown goatskin, the covers with a wide gilt border of a solid and two broken fillets, 22 swallows, and flowerheads and leaves onlaid in light and dark green, blue and red goatskin. The spine divided into six panels with gilt compartments, lettered in the second and fourth and dated at the foot, the others with onlaid flowerheads and leaves and gilt stems and dots and roundels, the edges of the boards tooled with a gilt fillet, the turn-ins and matching inside joints with gilt fillets and gouges, swallows and onlaid flowerheads and leaves, doublures of light brown goatskin, tooled in blind and with onlays of greens, browns and grey goatskin forming a pictorial scene of the rectory at front and church at rear, top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. (Spine faded).
London: [by C. Whittingham, Chiswick Press], for J. and A. Arch, Longman and Co [and 14 others], 1837.

Apart from the fading to the spine the book is in fine condition, inside and out.

The Kelly family had one of the longest connections in the history of the binding trade in London, having been founded in 1770 by John Kellie. The firm was carried on by successive members of the family (calling themselves Kelly and Sons) until the 1930s. They are today best known for the "Kelliegram Bindings", in which the covers or doublures bear pictorial scenes or figures composed of multi-coloured onlays, tooled in blind and gilt.

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