This project is now finished, and contains a fairly complete transcription of forty years of the personal journals of gilbert white. Gilbert white s natural history of selborne 1789 reveals a world of wonders in nature. Gilbert white 1720 1793 was a pioneering english naturalist, ecologist and ornithologist who lived in selborne, hampshire. The natural history and antiquities of selborne wikipedia. Gilbert white of selborne from macmillans magazine 1893. The natural history of selborne by gilbert white free ebook. White s careful recording of the natural history of selborne inspired charles darwin and many others and directly influenced the growth and development of the natural sciences. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. In science it often happens that scientists say, you know thats a really good argument. The reverend gilbert white was the curate of the village of selborne, a village in hampshire, from 1784 to his death in 1793, living most of his life in the village. It is, in fact, not so much a logically arranged and systematic book as an invaluable record of the life work of a simple and refined man who succeeded in. The natural history of selborne journals of gilbert white.
He is best known for his book the natural history and antiquities of selborne, which has been continuously in print since it was published in 1789, with nearly 300 editions as of 2007. Gilbert white was born on 18 th july 1720, at his grandfathers vicarage in selborne, now a museum in his honour gilbert whites house and gardens, the wakes, high street, selborne. Gilbert white tweets journals of the pioneering c18th. The natural history of selborne by rev gilbert white. Since his the natural history and antiquities of selborne was published in 1789 it has gone through over 300 editions. After his fathers death he returned to the wakes, the family home in. We tell gilbert white s story within the walls of his family home and his unique 18th century garden. Gilbert white s book the natural history and antiquities of selborne download for free thanks to the gutenberg project hampshire pubs selborne. The original manuscript for the natural history of selborne is on display. White was a clergyman, naturalist and ornithologist, who wrote the first english classical work on natural history. Gilbert white was a pioneer in fieldwork and a significant figure in the modern scientific approach to natural history. He notes everything from the habits of an eccentric tortoise to the mysteries of bird migration. There are plenty of guides to historic walks in selborne hampshire. We are one of britains longest established conservation organisations.
A ny book that delighted both virginia woolf and charles darwin is a mustread, in my opinion, and gilbert white s the natural history of selborne. The title page probably shows white and thomas pennant, otherwise the illustrations are all carefully rooted in the text. Gilbert white was born in the village of selborne on the 18th of july, in the year 1720. If you wish to see the entries for a particular day, use the search box in the upper right corner of this page. The natural history of selborne by gilbert white book. Gilbert white was a parsonnaturalist, a pioneering english naturalist and ornithologist. The natural history and antiquities of selborne nature. Few british books are as wellloved as gilbert white s natural history of selborne. More than any other writer, gilbert white has shaped the relationship between man and nature. It has been continuously in print since then, with nearly 300 editions up to 2007. Combines minute observation of the behaviour of animals and birds with anecdote and local description, in a charmingly intimate style. Gilbert white english naturalist and clergyman britannica. The natural history of selborne gilbert white oxford. The garden is being restored to white s original designs.
Buy the natural history of selbourne facsimile edition by white, gilbert isbn. Over a period of twenty years white describes in minute detail the behaviour of animals through the changing seasons in the rural hampshire parish of selborne. The natural history of selborne by white, gilbert and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. The author of the following letters takes the liberty, with all proper deference, of laying before the public his idea of parochial history, which, he thinks, ought to consist of natural productions and occurrences as well as antiquities. Gilbert white 17201793 published his natural history and antiquities as one volume in 1789. The natural history of selborne gilbert white edited by anne secord oxford worlds classics.
Astonishingly, however, he was left out of the great naturalists 2007, a key overview from the natural history museum featuring 39 naturalists. Gilbert white, born july 18, 1720, selborne, hampshire, eng. The natural history of selborne audiobook by gilbert. I live near selborne and have visited gilbert white s house several times and that always helps to make a work more interesting. It was first published in 1789 by his brother benjamin. An attractively illustrated, critically uptodate edition of gilbert white s classic work of natural history. We were formed in 1885 and for the last century and more we have sought to honour the tradition of natural history study, a new area of study pioneered by the 18th century clergyman gilbert white, curate of the parish of selborne. The natural history of selborne by gilbert white free at. The book is in the form of a collection of letters to two friends, discussing the natural history of the areas that he knew, and natural history in general.
Gilbert white quotes science quotes dictionary of. His father was a gentleman of good means, with a house at selborne and some acres of land. The later extensions to the house host the oates collections. English writer on natural history, born on the 18th of july 1720 in the little hampshire village of selborne, which his writings have rendered so familiar to all lovers of. The natural history of selborne by gilbert white paperback book free shipping. Gilbert white 1720 1793 was one of the first naturalists, influencing both charles darwin and david attenborough. Gilbert white author of the natural history of selborne. Gilbert white s house, the wakes, now a museum, viewed from the. A hundred years before darwin, white realised the crucial role of worms in the formation of soil and understood the significance of territory and song in birds. Over 250 years ago selborne and its surrounding landscape inspired gilbert white s lifelong investigation of the natural world, culminating in his worldfamous book the natural history and antiquities of selborne. The natural history of selborne by gilbert white, 1912. The man and the village work together harmoniously.
His seminal work the natural history and antiquities of selborne also inspired generations of writers and artists, including samuel taylor coleridge, virginia woolf, eric ravilious and john nash white s natural history recounts his daily observations of the animals, birds. Selborne and its surrounding landscape inspired gilbert white s lifelong investigation of the natural world, culminating in his worldfamous book the natural history and antiquities of selborne. The gilbert white house is now a museum preserving many of his items of furniture, possessions, and family portraits. Gilbert white s natural history and antiquities of selborne 1789 holds a unique position in english literature as the solitary classic of natural history. Also this work has been quoted as an influence by several respected naturalists and scientists so i wanted to see what the fuss was. The natural history of selborne by white gilbert, first. The natural history of selborne classic, nature, penguin. The natural history of selborne by white, rev gilbert and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at.
It is not easy to give, in a few words, a reason for its remarkable success. The world famous naturalist the reverend gilbert white, fellow of oriel college oxford, made selborne his home and in doing so, made certain that this small village became a place of pilgrimage for natural history lovers all over the world. The natural history of selborne by gilbert white 2017. We tell gilbert white s story within the walls of his family home and garden. As a teacher in the mid1920s ravilious had urged his students to read it, and he was delighted by this commission. The natural history and antiquities of selborne, in the. The natural history and antiquities of selborne, or just the natural history of selborne is a book by english naturalist and ornithologist gilbert white. He is best known for his natural history and antiquities of selborne. If you enjoy them, be sure to read his book, the natural history of selborne you can download it for free from project gutenberg. Both works consist of a series of letters written by white to the barrister daines barrington 17271800 and the zoologist thomas pennant 17261798. Gilbert white 17201793 was born in his grandfathers vicarage at selborne, hampshire and was educated by the poet laureate thomas wharton before studying at oriel college, oxford.636 1022 596 1214 1115 954 352 130 1373 1173 657 235 1114 447 1359 59 1425 1372 41 421 138 1074 1354 523 949 392 823 810 970 1314 263 878 1456 1474 431 414 674 157 630 417 930 534 865 790 533 256 452 1041 1453