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THE NATURAL HISTORY AND ANTIQUITIES OF SELBORNE - (White, Gilbert) - 1788. 
1st Ed. 4to. [ii] + v + [i] blank + 468pp. + [xii] + Errata leaf. Manuscript half title, 2 vignette fly titles (1 bound as half title) folding copper plate frontis. and 6 copper plates (including 1 folding) all after Samuel Hieronymus Grimm. Ex.-libris Matthew Wilson, light offseting, minor marking to front e.ps., contemporary marbled boards with calf corners (reinforced), rebacked in C20th gilt ruled calf with original gilt lettered title labels to spine (1 sl. chipped), minor signs of wear.A nice clean first edition of this classic of English Natural History which has earned its place in world literature.Martin (Bibliography ...) pp.90-97; Nissen IVB 985; Rothschild 2550; ESTC T39642. 'Advertisement signed and dated: Gil. White. January 1st, 1788. With an index and list of errata. Sig. Ppp 2 misnumbered Pp2. The appendices are in Latin. "The natural history" and "The antiquities" each have their own half-title. P.292 misnumbered 262. Pp. 441-2 are lacking in numbering only; the text is continuous.'With the signature of (John) Neville White (1782-1845). Elder brother of Henry Kirke White. Southey greatly admired him and the two men became regular correspondents.
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