Your Waterstones card is changing, introducing...
TELL ME MORE
Letters from Alabama: Chiefly Relating to Natural History (Hardback)
  • Letters from Alabama: Chiefly Relating to Natural History (Hardback)
zoom

Letters from Alabama: Chiefly Relating to Natural History (Hardback)

(editor), (editor), (author)
£36.50
Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 28/02/2013
  • We can order this

Usually despatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
This new and improved edition of Letters from Alabama offers a valuable window into pioneer Alabama and the landscape and life-forms encountered by early settlers of the state. Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888), a British naturalist, left home at age seventeen and made his way to Alabama in 1838. He was employed by Judge Reuben Saffold and other planters near Pleasant Hill in Dallas County as a teacher for about a dozen of their children, but his principal interest was natural history. Letters from Alabama is a personalized record of Gosse's perceptive observations during his eight-month residence in this small antebellum community. The work addresses a Victorian readership, including entomologists, who Gosse believed were relatively uninformed about the novelty and beauty of this 'hilly region of the State of Alabama.' Written in an engaging literary style and organized as a series of epistolary discussions, the book is unparalleled in its detailed evocations of the natural history and cultural conditions of frontier Alabama. By the time Letters from Alabama appeared in 1859, Gosse's scientific publications and fine illustrations had led to his being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. Edited by Gary R. Mullen and Taylor D. Littleton, this authoritative edition features thirty grayscale lithographs shot directly from the 1859 edition, reset type for easier reading, a new introduction and index by the two foremost scholars of Gosse in Alabama, a new appendix that provides modern scientific and common names for the plant and animal species described by Gosse, and a four-color cover featuring one of the plates from Gosse's Entomologia Alabamensis.

Publisher: The University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 9780817317898
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Seabird's Cry
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
i-SPY At the seaside
Added to basket
£2.99
Paperback
Adventures of a Young Naturalist
Added to basket
The Lost Words
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
My Family and Other Animals
Added to basket
£6.99   £5.99
Paperback
The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
No. More. Plastic.
Added to basket
£6.99
Paperback
The Hidden Life of Trees
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.49
Paperback
Buzz
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
The Pebbles on the Beach
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
An Elephant in My Kitchen
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
The Last Wilderness
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Around the World in 80 Trees
Added to basket
The Shepherd's Life
Added to basket
Wilding
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings
Added to basket
£14.99   £12.99
Hardback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.