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The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1   By: (1720-1793)

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The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1 by Gilbert White offers readers an enchanting journey into the flora, fauna, and rich natural landscapes of Selborne, a village nestled in the English countryside. Published in 1789, this classic work stands as a testament to Gilbert White's love for the world around him and his meticulous observations of the local ecosystem.

The book is structured as a collection of letters written by White to his fellow naturalists and friends, showcasing his deep understanding of the intricacies of nature and his keen eye for detail. Through his vivid descriptions, White paints a vivid picture of the lush landscapes, varied wildlife, and changing seasons that characterize Selborne. Whether it's the soaring flight of swallows, the delicate beauty of wildflowers, or the hidden habitats of various insects, White's prose brings each element of nature to life.

What truly sets The Natural History of Selborne apart is White's ability to make scientific observations accessible and engaging to readers of all backgrounds. His passion shines through in every letter, making even the most seemingly mundane details intriguing. White's sharp intellect is evident as he categorizes various species, describes their habits, and delves into their ecological significance. Yet, he never loses sight of the wonder and awe that nature inspires, reminding readers of the beauty that surrounds us everyday.

While some readers may find the style of writing dated, The Natural History of Selborne remains a timeless work for those who appreciate the wonders of the natural world. White's attention to detail, unmatched enthusiasm, and insightful observations make this book a treasured resource for both naturalists and those simply looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature.

Furthermore, the book goes beyond the mere cataloguing of flora and fauna, delving into the relationship between humans and nature. Through his letters, White highlights the impact of human activity on the environment and the need for responsible stewardship. This ecological consciousness, nearly two centuries ahead of its time, underscores the relevance of his work in our modern age of environmental awareness.

In conclusion, The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1 is a captivating journey through the natural wonders of Selborne. Gilbert White's deeply felt love for nature, keen scientific observations, and profound insights make this book a delight to read. Whether you are a seasoned naturalist or simply someone who appreciates the beauty around you, White's work will transport you to the enchanting world of Selborne and leave you with an even greater appreciation for the wonders of the natural world.

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VOL. 1

This eBook was transcribed by Les Bowler.

CASSELL'S NATIONAL LIBRARY.

THE NATURAL HISTORY OF SELBORNE

BY THE REV. GILBERT WHITE A.M.

VOL. I.

CASSELL & COMPANY, Limited: LONDON , PARIS , NEW YORK & MELBOURNE . 1887

INTRODUCTION.

Gilbert White was born in the village of Selborne on the 18th of July, in the year 1720. His father was a gentleman of good means, with a house at Selborne and some acres of land. Gilbert had his school training at Basingstoke, from Thomas Warton, the father of the poet of that name, who was born at Basingstoke in 1728, six years younger than his brother Joseph, who had been born at Dunsford, in Surrey. Thomas Warton, their father, was the youngest of three sons of a rector of Breamore, in the New Forest, and the only son of the three who was not deaf and dumb. This Thomas, the elder, was an able man, who obtained a fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford, became vicar of Basingstoke, in Hampshire, and was there headmaster of the school to which young Gilbert White was sent... Continue reading book >>




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