London: Printed for John Nourse et al, 1770.
Seventh edition, revised. Engraved frontispiece and 3 folding engraved plates in rear. xxviii, 370,  pp. 1 vols. 12mo. From the Library of the Publisher of Natural History of Selborne. Contemporary brown polished calf, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Joints starting, otherwise a very attractive copy. With bookplates of BENJAMIN and JOHN WHITE, of Selborne, and two other owners' signatures (G. Gray; John Hopson, 1857) on the first blank Smith, II, p. 69-77; this edition not in Dingley (cf. 35-38); ESTCT88518. Item #221660
Written by a human surgeon, and first published in 1753, this popular work was primarily a compilation of earlier writers. It went into many editions, the first edition is extremely rare, and the early editions are scarce
This copy has a remarkable provenance, connecting it to the immediate family of GILBERT WHITE of Selborne. Benjamin White (c.1725-1794) was the younger brother of Gilbert White (1720-1793), author of the celebrated Natural History of Selborne (1789), which Benjamin White, in fact, published. Benjamin White’s shop at Fleet Street and the Strand, Horace's Head, “became a meeting place for naturalists, and, as was customary, was used as a poste restante, in 1775 by Gilbert White’s correspondent Thomas Pennant, whose books White published, and by others. White’s range of titles is indicated in his advertisement at the end of J. Ellis and D. C. Solander's Natural History of the Zoophytes (1786), which he published. They included Mark Catesby's Natural History of Carolina in two volumes, which perhaps inspired Audubon” (DNB).
White's engraved bookplate of South Lambeth is affixed to the front pastedown; along with that of his son JOHN WHITE, who assisted Gilbert in the preparation his journals for publication and contributed a Memoir of his famous uncle for the 1802 edition.
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