The Early Modern Commons

Early Modern Female Book Ownership

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The Holy Bible (1682)

22 November 2023

Today we feature a 1682 Bible printed in Oxford and jointly owned by husband and wife Thomas and Mary Buswell in the 18th century. The reversed calf binding is intricately blind-tooled,...

William Lily, Short Introduction of Grammar (1696)

7 November 2023

Cheaply printed and often read to pieces by their young users, early modern schoolbooks are scarce survivals. Early modern schoolbooks with evidence of female provenance are even more...

Bacon and Rawley, Sylva Sylvarum, or, A Naturall Historie (1631)

24 October 2023

One of the most popular works of the seventeenth century is Francis Bacon’s Sylva Sylvarum, or, a Natural Historie, first published the year after he died in 1627 and compiled by...

Katherine Blount (née Butler)’s copy of sermons by John Donne and Joseph Hall in manuscript, plus her own miscellany (compiled from 1696 on)

10 October 2023

by Victoria E. Burke This post adds another physical book owned by Katherine Blount to her ever-expanding library list and also reveals a manuscript that demonstrates her reading...