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The Natural History of Selborne (1789)

di Gilbert White

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Excerpt from The Natural History of Selborne: With Observations on Various Parts of Nature; And the Naturalist's Calendar Every thing relating to the family of Gilbert White must be interesting. His father was born in 1688, and died in 1759. And of his brothers, one of them, Thomas, was a Fellow Of the Royal Society. To him, Gilbert was indebted for very many suggestions for his work, and to his influ ence the public owe whatever pleasure they may have derived from its perusal, as it was only with much per suasion that the philosopher of Selborne could be induced to pass through the ordeal of criticism, having a great dread of reviewers. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.… (altro)

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With wood engravings by Claire Oldham ( )
  AgedPeasant | Oct 26, 2020 |
"The standard edition by E. T. Bennet, thoroughly revised with additional notes by James Edmund Harting. With ten letters not included in any other edition." ( )
  AgedPeasant | Oct 26, 2020 |
What a beautiful book with the tiny white birds rendered on a soft sweet cover!

THREE Stars for the Good Writing and FIVE Stars for the illustrations by Richard Mabey!

It is hard to read how callously he shoots, kills and collects birds as "specimens."

As well, his defense of sportsmen shooting birds and animals simply as targets
and his refusal to condemn boys for cruelly killing birds in mouse traps
contrast jarringly with his sympathy and love for bird songs and for Timothy ( )
  m.belljackson | Aug 24, 2020 |
Fascinating book - not so much for the natural history as for the look at the history of science. The word "fossil", for instance, clearly didn't mean to White what it means today - he talks about determining the type of a piece of fossil wood by seeing how it burns. In another spot, he's talking about fossil shells found in various places, and mentions particularly one which seemed made of the stone of the quarry in which it was found - in other words, a fossil in modern terms. Which means all the others weren't... There are also things which point up how much we take for granted - what's known, as basic axioms familiar to any child, that White simply didn't know. He seriously considers - not accepts as fact, but considers as a real possibility - that swallows might hibernate underwater in England. He very properly deduces, from them appearing on an occasional early warm day and then disappearing again if the weather goes back to cold, that they must hibernate rather than migrate; but it's a reasonable proposition, to him, that they might do so underwater, since no one has so far found exactly where or how they hibernate. Now, to us, that sounds silly - birds can't breathe underwater - but with the knowledge of the natural world held by this intelligent, observant, perceptive, educated man it was a reasonable possibility. It's a fascinating glimpse into a world that's very difficult to envision nowadays. I'm very glad I read the book, and I want to compare it to some books I have about the history of science - not written at the time, but more modern reviews of the development of modern understanding.
The illustrations by Nash are sweet, but it's annoying that when White specifically describes a drawing he did, it's not included. I suppose the drawings have gotten lost in the intervening years. Also, I spent quite a bit of time wincing over the casual killing of wildlife, and some comments on how a bit of woodland would be far more "useful" if all the "inducements to sporting life" (like game birds and deer) were removed, so workers wouldn't be distracted by wanting to go kill them. It really was a different view of the world. The most avid of hunters, or collectors, these days would be more restrained in their take than White and the people around him. ( )
1 vota jjmcgaffey | Sep 11, 2016 |
Gilbert White's classic, best in an illustrated edition like Century (1988), can be read like the Bible, a few paragraphs a day to muse on. Or one sentence: "The language of birds is very ancient and like other ancient modes of speech, very elliptical; little is said, but much is meant and understood."
I read White's Selbourne, and mused on it so, while traveling in Dorset and writing my Birdtalk (2003). GW takes you into another world, the world where quotidian life--the appearance of migratory birds, the Tortoise Timothy in the root garden--was prized, not avoided by iphones and fast transport and vague urgencies.
White is the Thoreau of England, a solitary observer of the first rank. But unlike Thoreau the cantankerous Romantic recluse and tax-refuser, White was a sociable minister, an Eighteenth-Century man. Both Thoreau and White write with inimitable precision and joy at discovery. Both were transcendental, White in the traditionsl Christian manner. The Solomon of Canticles revived in Selbourne and at Walden ( )
1 vota AlanWPowers | Jan 30, 2014 |
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Gilbert Whiteautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Allen, GrantA cura diautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Attenborough, DavidIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Giusti, GeorgeProgetto della copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Jefferies, RichardPrefazioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Lovelock, JamesIntroduzioneautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
New, Edmund H.Illustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Ravilious, EricIllustratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Shenton, EdwardImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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Excerpt from The Natural History of Selborne: With Observations on Various Parts of Nature; And the Naturalist's Calendar Every thing relating to the family of Gilbert White must be interesting. His father was born in 1688, and died in 1759. And of his brothers, one of them, Thomas, was a Fellow Of the Royal Society. To him, Gilbert was indebted for very many suggestions for his work, and to his influ ence the public owe whatever pleasure they may have derived from its perusal, as it was only with much per suasion that the philosopher of Selborne could be induced to pass through the ordeal of criticism, having a great dread of reviewers. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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