London: The Nonesuch Press, 1938. Limited to 850 sets (of which this is 190) printed in Monotype Times Roman on special rag paper. Two octavo volumes (10 1/8 x 6 1/4 inches ; 257 x 159 mm.). Publishers full gray buckram by Leighton-Straker with gilt devices by Ravilious on the front covers and in panels on the spine. Top edges gilt, others uncut. Collating xxxii, 311, [1, imprint]; viii, 356. Wood engravings and title-page designs by Eric Ravilious. Thirty-six wood engravings, a map of the country round Selborne and a folding line map of Selborne in 1842. A Fine set housed in the original marbled slipcase (slipcase extremities very slightly rubbed).
Gilbert White (1720–1793), was a "parson naturalist", a pioneering English ornithologist. White retained a growing pleasure in the outdoor life and during his schooldays he began the exploration of southern and central England that in later life was to earn him the sobriquet the Hussar Parson. During his routine of ‘field- diversions’ White experienced an event that was to shape his future and eventually lead to the single work for which he is so well known, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789). The present collection of his work is illustrated by Eric William Ravilious (1903-1942), an English painter, designer, book illustrator and wood-engraver. Ravilious engraved more than 400 illustrations and drew over 40 lithographic designs for books and publications during his lifetime including the Nonesuch Press, The Golden Cockerell Press, The Curwen Press and The Cresset Press. (Item #3683)