Books were central to Gilbert White’s interests in natural history. In this talk, I examine several books annotated by White himself and discuss how these were used when collecting information on the natural world. White’s books encapsulate his fieldwork in and around Selborne and arrange this alongside the information he received from a global network of correspondents. Much of the information White added to his annotated books was later incorporated into the letters he sent to Thomas Pennant and Daines Barrington that formed the basis for The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne (1789).
Edwin Rose is currently Munby Fellow in Bibliography at Cambridge University and a research fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge.
The GW300 Online Talk Series is a programme of talks held digitally throughout Autumn. To join simply purchase a ticket below and a zoom link will be sent to you before the talk begins. There will be a Q&A session after the talk.
Other talks in the series…
Heritage Apples: Chris Bird, Curator of Sparsholt College’s National Plant Collection 22nd October
The Gilbert White of Bognor Regis: Christine Taylor Curator of Natural History 29th October
Gilbert White: An Eighteenth-Century ‘Parson Naturalist’: Prof. Brycchan Carey, University of Northumberland 12th November