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Collection: Fifty Women
French and Latin Book of Hours printed with engraved plates to reproduce the rich ornamentation of illuminated manuscript prayer books. This work was created by Elizabeth Senault, trained as a calligrapher and engraver by her father, Louis Senault.
In the exhibited 1688 biography of the Blessed Zita of Lucca, who in 1696 would be canonized as a saint, the artist signed the frontispiece engraving (in translation) "Sister Isabella Piccini, Franciscan nun of Santa Croce in Venice, engraved this."
This edition of the Canon of the Mass for the use of bishops includes fourteen plates by Suor Isabella Piccini.
Suor Isabella Piccini engraved this portrayal of St. Teresa of Ávila in 1720, when the plate was used as the frontispiece for the first edition of the saint’s “Spiritual Advice.”
A self-vindicating account Elizabeth Cellier's trial for treason which she was framed for by Thomas Dangerfield. Her account included the claim that Catholics were being tortured at Newgate; this brought charges of libel from the state.
An account of her trials for publishing libelous pamphlets for which Cellier was found guilty.
Soeur (Sister) Marie Julie de Saint Paul de Thomassin's commonplace book provides an intimate view of an eighteenth-century nun's values, interests, and activities. It includes general rules for monastic living, short histories of various religious…
This brief devotional text in Spanish, intended to focus meditation on the sufferings of Christ and the sorrows of the Virgin Mary, was approved by Mexico City's Franciscan Order for publication at the Hogal press. Although the text had appeared in…
Jane Aitkin was the first American woman to print a Bible. This four-volume edition was not the traditional King James Bible, but a new English version translated from the Greek Septuagint by Charles Thomson (1729–1824).
Second volume of published works by Sor Juana including the Primero Sueño, or "First Dream."
The first blank leaf of this 1686 Boston imprint bears an inscription that reads, "Mary Robinson's book. Given her by the Reverend Mr. Increase Mather, June 22, 1698." Although nothing more about this Mary Robinson is known, she clearly had a direct…
This history of La Enseñanza, which includes a biography of the founder and first prioress, Sor (Sister) María Ignacia, was written by its nuns forty years after the convent's foundation.
Born in West Africa, the author of these poems was brought to America aboard the slave ship Phillis at the age of seven or eight. She was taught the rudiments of English by the Wheatley children and eventually began to compose poetry. This was the…
One of Haywood's most influential publications was The Female Spectator (1744–1746), the first periodical for women that was written by a woman. In this work she adopted the identities of four "contributors". The essays cover a wide variety of…
These eight essays offered advice on virtuous behavior, proper conversation, true and false meekness, envy, sentimentality, education, and religion.
One of More's "Cheap Repository Tracts," the facetious title momentarily conceals More's effort to discourage London's poor from risking their money in games of chance. The moralizing text tells the story of one John Brown, who after playing the…
Memoir about Mary Barritt Taft, an outstanding woman evangelist and joined her brother's preaching circuit, Dover, when she was seventeen. This work is bound with ten other Methodist tracts.
Drawn to radical intellectual circles in Coventry, Marian Evans, known as "George Eliot" became interested in the theological work of professor David Friedrich Strauss, whose book Das Leben Jesu kritisch bearbeitet (Tübingen, 1835-1836). Despite not…
The first edition of Middlemarch, originally published serially in eight parts and here bound into two massive volumes. This epic novel centers on the lives of the unhappily married Dorothea Brookes, an idealistic and charitable young woman, and…
Te Deum laudamus, published by Emily Faithfull with twenty-one chromolithographic plates designed by Esther Faithfull Fleet, catered to the Victorian taste for beautifully decorated books. Each plate in this devotional book features one verse of the…
Bound by Sarah Treverbian Prideaux, an independent binder whose style was inspired by Art Nouveau designs. This two volume set of Romanian folk songs features gilt-leather bindings.
Bound by Constance Karslake, an outstanding member of the Guild of Women-Binders. The binding bears the gold-tooled phrase "Guild of Women-Binders" inside the front cover, was also signed in ink on the front endpaper, "Constance Karslake, binder."
Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood in French, with wood-engraved illustrations by Esther and Lucien Pissarro. Printed in sequence, distinct blocks for different colors provided the black outlines, the gray-green shading, and the decorative…
The frontispiece on this book created in collaboration with Diana White was "designed by Diana White & engraved on the wood by Esther Pissarro. The double border and initial letters were designed by Lucien Pissarro and engraved by Esther…
In 1901, Charles H. St. John Hornsby hired Florence Kingsford to illuminate 44 copies of the Ashendene Press edition of the Song of Songs, each with a different design. Bridwell Library's copy of the Ashendene Song of Songs, illuminated by Florence…