8vo., pp. 170, , with a coloured plate of ‘A hybrid Bird’ (pheasant); contemporary marbled boards with paper spine (partly defective) and printed paper label (dull but legible), boards rubbed and joints cracking but still a good, unrestored copy in original state. Leather book-label of R. B. Adam and another (recent) bookplate. Slipcase.
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First edition. Gilbert White, who died in 1793, had based his classic Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne on a series of yearly notebooks containing his daily observations on various walks of nature from 1768 to 1787. He had not used all his observations, however, and the series of notebooks continued until his death. From this unpublished material Dr. John Aikin compiled the present work, organizing the notes into a calendar and observations on birds, insects, vegetables, and the weather.
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