Gilbert White and His Records

Gilbert White and His Records : A Scientific Biography

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Gilbert White (1720-1793) is famous for his only book: "The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne" which was first published late in 1788 and has subsequently been issued in over 200 editions. This biography, based mainly on White's own records, seeks primarily to examine the scientific activities of White's life, but White the academic, White the antiquarian and White the clergyman are explored in so far as they have a bearing on his study of nature. The opening chapters examine the scientific context of the first half of the 18th century and show the beginnings of White's future interests. The work goes on to examine the developments of White's methods of working and the contributions made by these methods and their practice, both in terms of discoveries and also in terms of their influence on his own and later times. White's writings include the "Garden-Kalendar" which he began in 1751 and kept for nearly 20 years; the "Flora" of Selborne a record of one year - 1766; letters to a brother in Gibraltar from 1769 to 1772; and the "Journals" recording meteorological and other natural events which he kept almost daily from 1st January 1768 up to the final days of his life in 1793 .show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Christopher Helm Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8pp b&w plates, chronology, bibliography, index
  • 074701003X
  • 9780747010036

Table of contents

Preface. List of plates. Chronology. Introduction. The early years - 1720-1750; the years of indecision - 1751-1753; the garden; "The Garden-Kalendar"; "Lights and shades of ye prospect" - 1754-1765; the natural calendar and "Flora Selborniensis"; on equal terms - 1766-1769; "The naturalist's journal"; the Gibraltar correspondence - an approach to the study and writing of natural history; towards "Selborne" (1789), and after - 1770-1774; "The natural history of Selborne". Notes to chapters 1-12. Appendices. Bibliography. more