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Collection: Fifty Women
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…
A heroic poem on the theme of the biblical King David. Dedicated to Maria Maddalena de' Medici, the Archduchess of Austria and Grand Duchess of Tuscany, the poem also included flattering allusions to contemporary Florentine nobles.
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…
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.”
The exhibited volume comes from Guillard's edition of the ten-volume complete works of St. Augustine. Guillard's woodcut device on the title page of volume one features her initials and the trademark of her successful printing shop at the sign of the…
This portable 1551 edition of the Latin Bible was one of Yolande Bonhomme's later publications. Again she utilized her husband's "unicorn" trademark to signal the continuity of his press.
Although Yolande Bonhomme soon began to sign her editions with her own name, she continued to utilize her husband's trademark. The final page of this French devotional volume features the large metalcut that Thielmann Kerver had used to identify his…
This 1523 Book of Hours, printed on vellum, was one of Yolande Bonhomme's earliest independent productions.
St Bridget's account of her experiences of "celestial revelations" of Christ's life, the Last Judgment, her own "mystical marriage" to Christ, and divine instructions to found the Brigittine Order. This is a reprint from the 1492 Lübeck edition.
This Venetian edition, the first complete collection of St. Catherine's Letters to be published, features a striking woodcut portrayal of the saint with symbols of her purity, faith, and love.
An account of her trials for publishing libelous pamphlets for which Cellier was found guilty.
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.
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.
A collection of poetry by Fanny Crosby, many of which became hymns. Many of these are still sung today.
PS 3114 .V43 Z5
A memoir of Fanny J. Crosby's life and history of her songs and hymns.
Among the first women known to have been directly involved in the production of printed books were the Dominican nuns at the Convent of San Jacopo di Ripoli in Florence. The exhibited book, the first vernacular edition of this early Latin biography…
First printed in 1569 for Elizabeth I, and known as "Queen Elizabeth's Prayer Book," this compilation of daily devotions was reissued for general use in 1578. Its striking woodcut frontispiece depicts the kneeling Queen as she looks steadfastly…
COR E22c 1893
This illustrated Christmas keepsake was published by Mary Baker Eddy in 1893, with lithographs by J. F. Gilman after designs by the author.
COR E22s 1875
Mary Baker Eddy founded the Church of Christ, Scientist, a religious movement based on faith in spiritual healing and the rejection of traditional medical treatments. She formulated the tenets of Christian Science, which she published in her most…
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…
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."
Foresti da Bergamo's biography of "Famous Women," the first book printed with authentic portraits of living women. This biography included fifty-six portraits.
During Anne Askew's imprisonment and torture at the Tower of London for distributing banned Protestant literature she wrote letters and a detailed account of her interrogration. The texts of Askew's legal examination and letters appeared in this 1563…
One of the few laypersons to publish polemical works during the early years of the Protestant Reformation, Argula von Grumbach went on to publish eight pamphlets, including this letter in which she admonished all believers to fulfill their duty as…
One of 25 pamphlets bound together in this Sammelband. This letter was written by the first published female Protestant author in protest of the arrest of a Lutheran student at the University of Ingolstadt.