The Writings of Gilbert White of Selborne



London: the Nonesuch Press, 1938.

Selected and Edited with an Introduction by H. J. Massingham. Number 248 of 850 sets (2 vols.) designed by Francis Meynell. Set in Monotype Times New Roman and printed by Robert Maclehose, University Press, Glasgow, on Dickinson’s cylinder wove paper. 10 1/8th X 6 3/8th ins. Vol I: xxx (2) 311 (1) pp. + inserted map from Milne’s “Survey of Hampshire”, 1791. Vol II: viii 356 (4) pp. + fold-out map copied from a Selborne tithe map of 1842. Full bound in grey buckram with gilt blocked design by the artist on upper cover of both volumes. Gilt blocked spine titling with six panels decorated in gilt with devices by the artist (birds, leaves, reptiles, insects, etc.). T.E.G., others untrimmed. Headbands. Title pages and 23 large head- and tail-pieces and 10 smaller wood engravings by Eric Ravilious. While cutting the blocks Ravilious wrote to a friend, “It is quite the best book I’ve ever been given to do and I love doing it”. A comprehensive edition of Gilbert White including the “Natural History” in full, the “Antiquities of Selborne”, six years of the “Naturalist’s Journal” and a selection of White’s private letters. Uncut. Tissue guards still in place over title pages. A fine set in fine marbled paper covered slipcase.

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