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20 November 1750
Priscilla Bell (later PW) was born at Tottenham
, then just outside London. She was the eldest in a family of six.
PW, in her early forties, published her first work to reach completion, the historical Leisure Hours; or, Entertaining Dialogues between Persons Eminent for Virtue and Magnanimity
, through Darton and Harvey
, in two volumes.
By August 1796
PW published what became her most famous work, An Introduction to Botany, in a series of Familiar Letters with illustrative engravings
: the first comprehensive survey of botany to be written by a woman.
PW published An Introduction to the Natural History and Classification of Insects
12 September 1832
PW died at Ipswich
, aged ninety-one.