• Margaret Cavendish's Plays, Never before Printed (1668): The Tale of Two Texts

    Author(s):
    Shawn Moore (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Group(s):
    Margaret Cavendish Study Group
    Subject(s):
    Early Modern, Early modern studies
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Margaret Cavendish
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6219H
    Abstract:
    Currently, the Chawton House Library holds two copies of Margaret Cavendish's Plays, Never before Printed (1668). One is what James Fitzmaurice, Jeffrey Masten, and others, refer to as a presentation copy, a printed text that the Duchess of Newcastle presented to libraries, and to contemporary friends and intellectuals. These texts almost always bear an engraved frontispiece, handwritten corrections, paper ‘slip cancels’ that indicate passages ‘Written by my Lord Duke’ (William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle), and occasionally special bindings. The presentation copy at Chawton contains all of these features except for the special binding. A signature of Sir Francis Bernard (1627-1698) is found within, a contemporary of Margaret Cavendish, and could indicate that this copy was presented to him.
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    4 months ago
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    Attribution-NonCommercial

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