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Gilbert White of Selborne

‘I have been very busy of late; and have at length put my last hand to my Nat[ural] Hist[ory] and Antiquities of this parish. However, I am still employed in making an Index; an occupation full as entertaining as that … Continue reading

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Every Man His Own Taxidermist

I was tempted to give this piece the title ‘Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit’ but the author is emphatic that no one should expect to profit by his instructions, and the reader is unlikely to get much pleasure out of … Continue reading

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The Late Thomas Pennant

… had a sense of humour, as shown on many occasions in his writings, and not least in the title of his ‘sort-of’ autobiography, The Literary Life of the Late Thomas Pennant, Esq., which he published in 1793, five years … Continue reading

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The Non-Descript Mouse

‘The parish of Selborne lies in the extreme eastern corner of the county of Hampshire . . .’ Thus begins possibly the most famous book on natural history in the English language, and one of the enduring influences on our … Continue reading

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