London: The Nonesuch Press, 1938. Royal 8vo. 2 volumes, set. Limited edition. #404 of 850 copies. Original grey buckram, with gilt devices by Ravilious. Top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Folding map at rear of second volume. Wood-engravings by Eric Ravilious. Ink presentation on the flyleaf of volume 1, 'To Rocba & Muriel on their occasion of marriage, with love & all good wishes, from Eric Linklater'. Small bookplate with initials 'R R' loosely inserted in each volume. Spines uniformly tanned with just a hint of rubbing to the ends. Near fine. Item #6173
The best 20th century edition of Gilbert White's Natural History, beautifully illustrated by Eric Ravilious. Eric Linklater (1899-1974), author of Private Angelo, The Wind on the Moon and Juan in America, gave this set as a wedding present. Lucky couple.
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