London: The Nonesuch Press, 1938. Item #04627
"Selborne is the secret, private parish inside each one of us" (David Elliston Allen)
NONESUCH PRESS. WHITE, Gilbert. RAVILIOUS, Eric, illustrator. The Writings of Gilbert White of Selborne. Selected and edited with an introduction by H.J. Massingham. With wood engravings by Eric Ravilious. London: The Nonesuch Press, 1938.
Limited to 850 sets (of which this is no. 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.). xxxii, 311, [1, imprint]; viii, 356 pp. 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.
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. 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 naturalist and 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).
Eric William Ravilious (1903-1942) was 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.
The Nonesuch Press was a private press founded in 1922 in London by Francis Meynell, his second wife Vera Mendel, and their mutual friend David Garnett, co-owner of Birrell & Garnett's bookshop in Soho's Gerrard Street, in the basement of which the press began.
Ransom, Nonesuch 113.