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The Works in Natural History.

WHITE (Rev. Gilbert).

WHITE (Rev. Gilbert).

The Works in Natural History .... Comprising The Natural History of Selborne; The Naturalist's Calendar; and Miscellaneous Observations, Extracted from his Papers. to which are added, A Calendar and Observations, by W. Marwick Esq. FLS.

Engraved frontispiece and folding plate in vol.1, hand-coloured folding frontispiece and hand-coloured plate in vol.2.

First Collected Edition. Two volumes. 8vo. [211 x 133 x 45 mm]. [iii]-viii, 392 pp; [1]f, 300pp. Bound in 1899 by Zaehnsdorf (signed and dated with a gilt pallet on the front turn-ins and with gilt stamp on rear pastedowns) in light brown pigskin, the covers with a border of three blind fillets. The spines divided into six panels with double bands flanked with three blind fillets, lettered in gilt in the second and fourth panels and dated at the foot, the edges of the boards and turn-ins tooled with blind fillets, marbled endleaves, gilt edges. (The leather slightly darkened in spots and patches, the turn-ins offset onto the endleaves).
London: by T. Bensley for J. White, 1802

Missing the half titles. A little light spotting but a very good copy in a handsome binding.

"On White's death [1793] his literary papers were passed by his relatives to John Aikin MD (1747-1822), whose first response was to extract previously unpublished material from the journals and issue it as A Naturalist's Calendar, with Observations in Various Branches of Natural History (1795). He then advised publication of White's collected writings in natural history, and this was accomplished in Selborne (1802). This volume, comprising first the republication of Selborne (1789) without the letters on the antiquities, and A Naturalist's Calendar (1795), and a second calendar of natural occurences and memoranda, parallel to Aikin's 1795 publication, but prepared by W. Marwick of Catisfield, Sussex, was prefaced by a brief memoir of White written by John White, son of Benjamin White, the bookseller" - New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Bookplate of Alfred Acland (1858-1937) of Feniton Court, near Honiton in Devon. In 1885 Acland married the Hon. Beatrice Danvers Smith, the daughter of W. H. Smith. They later had a number of their books bound by the W. H. Smith Bindery, but in 1899 Zaehnsdorf was the favoured firm.

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