Early Modern Female Book Ownership

Psst! Have you already seen this amazing initiative on Early Modern Female Book Ownership? It features very short blog posts on books owned by women between 1500 and 1750. These books are important as they give us information on what books women owned and read, on women’s handwriting and signatures, and on how women presented themselves textually. The blog serves as a record of such books, especially since some of them are sold to private owners and may not be accessible to academics otherwise. The field of book ownership by women and women and book history more generally is a flourishing one, and this website aims to contribute to it in a small way.

Last week a wrote a small contribution on the female ownership notations in copy of one of my favorite eighteenth-century poetry collections, the Gedichten (poems) of miss Sara Maria van der Wilp. You can find the post here.



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