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The Selborne pioneer : Gilbert White as naturalist and scientist, a re-examination

Author: Ted Dadswell
Publisher: Aldershot, Hants, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Gilbert White's name is known universally but, as Ted Dadswell insists in this book, important aspects of his work have frequently been overlooked even by scholarly editors. The Selborne naturalist (1720-93) has been described as 'a prince of personal observers'; but a shrewd analytical questioning and comparing was also typical of his 'natural knowledge'." "Exceptional even in his general aims, White studied the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: Gilbert White; Gilbert White
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ted Dadswell
ISBN: 0754607496 9780754607496
OCLC Number: 48834975
Notes: Maps on lining papers.
Description: xviii, 238 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Contents: Preface; The heroic gardener; Nature as an 'economy'; The 'outdoor' method; The disappearing 'swallows'; Behaviour; birds and other animals; Instinct and initiative; Behaviour; plants and insects; The useful naturalist; Science, meteorology and geology; The problem of adaptation; 'Living manners'; The perennial naturalist; Appendixes: Dissection of a live dog; Bird migration as a fact; Reports of 'torpid' swallows; The sin of cruelty; Design in shell-bearing animals; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: Ted Dadswell.
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