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5.0 out of 5 stars The Origins of Natural History
This is a classic work, never out of print since its first publication over 200 years ago.Naturalists, those who observed nature, especially the living things, corresponded with each other and told each other of their findings. From these collected writings books were composed. There were no university departments dealing with natural history in those days...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy transcription
This free e-book offers a useful introduction to White's Natural History of Selbourne. However the edition is littered with transcription errors that seriously detract from the enjoyment to be had from reading it. The edition is fine to gain a flavour of the letters, but inadequate for a satisfying read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy transcription, 17 May 2011
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This free e-book offers a useful introduction to White's Natural History of Selbourne. However the edition is littered with transcription errors that seriously detract from the enjoyment to be had from reading it. The edition is fine to gain a flavour of the letters, but inadequate for a satisfying read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Origins of Natural History, 18 April 2013
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This is a classic work, never out of print since its first publication over 200 years ago.Naturalists, those who observed nature, especially the living things, corresponded with each other and told each other of their findings. From these collected writings books were composed. There were no university departments dealing with natural history in those days.

Gilbert White was a clergyman in a parish in the south of England, and the book consists of two series of letters he wrote to two fellow naturalists. These kept his letters, but their replies to him are lost. He was a man of some wealth and his parish duties were not onerous, so he had considerable leisure to devote to the study of nature in his parish.Most of his observations were made in his parish

Though long since overtaken by modern science this book should be read at least once by everyone interested in the study of nature as it tells of a time when the chief scientific instruments were a sharp eye and a sharp ear.

It is now available in Kindle Books. The e-book does not give pagination, so it is not possible to quote page numbers if one wants to quote from the book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reasons, 30 Dec 2012
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Please be advised that I am quite willing to rate products with stars like this, but I am too busy, and am not prepared to write out any innermost thoughts that I may, or may not have, about the product.
I would be grateful if you would stop sending this sort of e-mail, although if you would like to discuss this, please call me on 01403 254901.
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