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The Life and Letters of Gilbert White of Selborne (2-Volume Set)

Biography / Memoir

Series: The Life and Letters of Gilbert White of Selborne

By: Gilbert White(Author), Rashleigh Holt-White(Editor)

722 pages, 23 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jan 2015 | #218824 | ISBN-13: 9781108076500
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About this book

A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

Published in 1901, this illustrated two-volume biography of the renowned English naturalist Gilbert White (1720–93) presents a thorough account of his life and achievements. Prepared by White's great-great-nephew Rashleigh Holt-White (1826–1920), it incorporates a selection of White's correspondence with family and friends, providing valuable insights into his beliefs and character. Included are letters sent by White's lifelong friend John Mulso (1721–91), who praised the naturalist's work, predicting it would 'immortalise' White and his Hampshire village. Still considered a classic text, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789), featuring White's careful observations of local flora and fauna, is also reissued in the Cambridge Library Collection. In the present work, Holt-White sought to correct the 'erroneous statements' that had previously been made about his relative.

Volume 1 covers White's life up to August 1776, while Volume 2 focuses on his relationships and intellectual pursuits in later life.


Volume 1
1. The Viti
2. John White settles at Selborne
3. Gilbert White's early years
4. Gilbert White ordained priest
5. Gilbert White curate of Durley
6. Death of Gilbert White's father
7. An addition to the garden at Selborne
8. A heartwhole bachelor
9. Barrington suggests account of Selborne fauna
10. Death of his sister
11. Gilbert White unable to visit Blackburn
12. Oestrus curvicauda
13. Thomas White's inheritance

Volume 2
1. The influence of Mr Grimm
2. The new parlour completed
3. Account of Collins in The Gentleman's Magazine
4. Haunted by passages of music
5. A recipe for a mad dog's bite
6. Death of Mr Yalden
7. The Wilts method of brewing
8. A Selborne parish return
9. A remarkable prophecy
10. Dr Chandler settles at Selborne
11. Dr John White marries
12. Funeral directions

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