Publisher: London: Printed by A. Maxwell, 1667.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Wing N-853; Wither to Prior 151; NCBEL I, 2252.
Condition: Binding a little rubbed; hinges starting, but sound; a few minor stains and tiny flaws; a very good, large copy.
Book ID: 26619
DescriptionFolio, contemporary blind-ruled sheep, rebacked with later endpapers, gilt rules and lettering.
CommentsThe famous biography of William Cavendish (1616-1684), the Earl of Newcastle, by his famous literary wife, Margaret Lucas Cavendish (1623-1673), the first English woman to publish extensively. Cavendish’s biography was widely read and admired when first published, and its details and descriptions of the English Civil War and the Cavendishs’ life in exile in Europe have held up to historical scrutiny. Literary opinion of Cavendish's Life have always been high, with praise coming from Charles Lamb, Coleridge and Virginia Woolf, among others. Deletions in ink on two pages, but text legible; a neat manuscript correction to the name "Banaum" on page 60, which is also present in other copies and has been attributed to the author herself. Cavendish’s biography is occasionally accompanied by a portrait, but the portrait was engraved after this book was published and is not called for.