London: J. and C. Mozley, 1864. First edition. Binding extremities rubbed. Spine lightly faded. Slight intermittent foxing. A near fine copy. Rebound in half modern burgundy morocco over marbled boards. Gilt lettered spine. Edges sprinkled red. Octavo. 224 pp. Item #16109
Margaret Roberts (1833-1919) was a linguist, novelist, and children's writer who was born in Wales. For the majority of her life, she lived in different countries including Italy and France. She wrote over thirty works, most of them thoroughly researched historical novels, some of which were for children. Published anonymously, her first novel for adults was Mademoiselle Mori (1860); Roberts researched it at the Vatican library and wrote it in Italian, though it was eventually translated to English. Some of her more popular books include Denise (1863) and On the Edge of the Storm (1868). Later in her career, Roberts focused on composing works for younger readers, such as Stephanie's Children (1896), about a young lady in Revolutionary France.
OCLC lists four copies of this edition, none in North America. Wolff, 5903, noting the 1872 edition.