The Natural History of Selborne by Gilbert White
“Everything from the solar and lunar eclipses enthralled Gilbert White just as much as the appearance of that rare and strangely colourful bird the hoopoe.” James Lovelock
A century before Darwin and decades before the French Revolution, Gilbert White began his lifelong habit of measuring and observing the world around his Hampshire home. The resulting book was the famous and seminal text of the natural life around his Hampshire home.
Read the new introduction by James Lovelock
Paperback with flaps | 216 x 156mm | 264 pages
Illustrations throughout by Eric Ravilious
Gilbert White (1720-1793) was born in his grandfather’s vicarage at Selborne, Hampshire and was educated by the Poet Laureate Thomas Wharton before studying at Oriel College, Oxford. he was awarded his deacon’s orders in 1746, became fully ordained in 1749 and held several curacies in Hampshire and Wiltshire. After his father’s death he returned to ‘The Wakes’, the family home in Selborne, where he began his habit of recording the natural world, keeping journals, publishing articles for the Royal Society and writing letters to leading botanists and commentators. The Natural History of Selborne was published in 1789 and has been in print ever since.