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By Mary Roberts

Printed: 1839

Publisher: John W Parker. London

Dimensions 10 × 16 × 2 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 10 x 16 x 2

Condition: Very good  (See explanation of ratings)

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Green cloth binding with gilt title and design on the spine. Gilt buffalo on the front board. All edges gilt.

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First Edition. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good.  A  good copy, edges a bit rubbed upper cover a bit cracked at the head but holding firm. Woodcut illustrations throughout.

Mary Roberts (1788–1864) was an English author who predominantly wrote about natural history and the countryside around her.

Roberts, born at Homerton, London, on 18 March 1788, was the daughter of Daniel Roberts, a merchant of London, and Ann, his wife. Ann Roberts was the daughter of Josiah Thompson, of Nether Compton, Dorset; her grandfather was the quaker botanist, Thomas Lawson, and her paternal great-great-grandfather was Daniel Roberts.

Little is known about her early life, although it is known that in 1790 Mary Roberts moved with her parents to Painswick in Gloucestershire where she began writing her works on natural history.

Although born and brought up a quaker, Mary Roberts left the society after the death of her father, when she moved with her mother to Brompton Square, London. Mary Roberts died there on 13 January 1864, and was buried in Brompton cemetery.

Some confusion has arisen between Miss Roberts and a cousin of the same name, Mary Roberts, daughter of Samuel Roberts (1763–1848) of Sheffield, author of Royal Exile, 1822.

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