More than two centuries have passed since Gilbert While was laid to rest in his unassuming grave in Selborne churchyard but White's accurate study of the flora and fauna of his native parish, first published in 1789, still makes delightful reading today.
His regular correspondence, beginning in 1767, with two distinguished naturalists, Thomas Pennant and the Honourable Daines Barrington, forms the basis of "The Natural History of Selborne".
The fascination of the book lies in the magic of its prose and the vividness of its description, which have earned it the distinction of being the only work on natural history to have received equal acclaim as a masterpiece of English literature.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, 124 colour illustrations
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 13/04/2004
- Category: The natural world, country life & pets
- ISBN: 9780500284780