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Roberts, Mary
A Popular History of the Mollusca
First edition and a very attractive copy of this uncommon work by botanist and popular science author Mary Roberts (1788-1864). Beautifully illustrated with 18 hand-coloured plates. This copy from the library of a woman, Annie G. Bartlett, to whom it was presented by her uncle John Bartlett in 1861. Roberts was the granddaughter of Quaker botanist Thomas Lawson, the "father of Lakeland botany" and a correspondent of John Ray and John Wilson. "Although Roberts would not have known her grandfather, his reputation may have sparked her interest in botany. Her brother, Oade, contributed to a botanical work as well" (Ogilvie, Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science, p. 1108). Robert's most famous book, published in 1831, was her account of the rural Gloucestershire of her childhood, The Annals of My Village: "Each chapter describes a month of the year, providing valuable insights into both the natural history and daily rural life around the turn of the nineteenth century" (ODNB). Others included Select Female Biography (1821), "which attempted to catch 'some of the brightest rays of moral and intellectual excellence'. Two works in natural history followed shortly thereafter--The Wonders of the Vegetable Kingdom Displayed (1822) and The Conchologist's Companion (1824)" (ODNB). From the early 1830s most of her books, "lacked the freshness of Annals of my Village. They relied largely on the observations of others, or on museum specimens or menagerie exhibits. They often sought to demonstrate the attributes of God through the natural world he created" (ODNB). ...Comprising a Fa … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Alembic Rare Books [United Kingdom]

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