Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen (Extra-Illustrated in 4 vols.)

(Item #5155) Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen (Extra-Illustrated in 4 vols.). Louisa Stuart Costello.
Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen (Extra-Illustrated in 4 vols.)
Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen (Extra-Illustrated in 4 vols.)
Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen (Extra-Illustrated in 4 vols.)
Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen (Extra-Illustrated in 4 vols.)
Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen (Extra-Illustrated in 4 vols.)
Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen (Extra-Illustrated in 4 vols.)
Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen (Extra-Illustrated in 4 vols.)
Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen (Extra-Illustrated in 4 vols.)
Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen (Extra-Illustrated in 4 vols.)
Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen (Extra-Illustrated in 4 vols.)
Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen (Extra-Illustrated in 4 vols.)
A visually beautiful primer on the important historical women of England
Memoirs of Eminent Englishwomen (Extra-Illustrated in 4 vols.)

London: Richard Bentley, 1844. First edition. Finely bound by Bayntun in full crushed morocco ornately stamped in gilt to spines and boards. All edges brightly gilt. Marbled endpapers. Measuring 212 x 132mm and extra-illustrated with 48 plates. Just a touch of rubbing to front joint of volume IV and small marginal paper repair to title of the same. A very nearly Fine copy.

Celebrating the lives and histories of Englishwomen from the Renaissance onward, Costello intended to fill a noticeable gap in the accessible histories of the period; and she acknowledges that while she would have liked to have begun her history earlier, a dearth in historical records made it difficult for her to locate sufficient information on women before the sixteenth century. Women's history certainly did not start with the reign of Elizabeth I, however, "it appears to have been thought worth while to bestow some attention on women, after the glory of her avatar had given them dignity and importance henceforth in the scale of society; and the long duty of paying deference to a female at length grew into habit." To this end, Costello highlights accomplished women with the hope that more and more of them will become household names, and that their presence in history texts may encourage similar habits and expand the canon. Among those names she includes, in addition to well known rulers, are authors and dramatists, philosophers and political thinkers: Mary Sidney, Anne Clifford, Elizabeth Cromwell, Anne Countess of Winchilsea, Katharine Phillips, Susanna Centlivre, and Sarah Duchess of Marlborogh, for example.

A lovely set, and a visually beautiful primer on the important women in English history.
(Item #5155)

Price: $1,500