London: Bensley, 1789.
First edition. vii, 468p, [xii] index, errata sheet. 4to. Illustrated with nine engraved plates and vignettes, including folding frontispiece and title pages. Bound by Zaehnsdorf in full British tan morocco with marbled endpapers, the spine with gilt tiles and floral panel ornaments, covers with triple fillet borders. Contents quite clean and complete, binding sound with some edge rubbing, the top edge gilt dull. Altogether quite a decent copy. Item #21386
It may be said that The Natural History of Selborne divides with the Complete Angler the honor of being considered the first and foremost of English nature book classics. Grolier 100, no. 62; Martin Sale no. 3587; Rothschild Library no. 2550.
With the bookplates of W. K. Bixby (1857-1931) and Ganson Goodyear Depew (1895-1924).
"It was in 1918 that Bixby consented to let Huntington have a part of his library and the portion selected was manuscripts relating to American and English literature and history plus outstanding books... and many of the volumes that came to Bixby from the Locker-Lampson sales." (Cannon. American Book Collectors, p. 311).