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 and chafed; a few minor stains in the text; very good copy.
Book ID: 27986
DescriptionFolio, 19th century panelled calf period style, skillfully rebacked, dark brown morocco label, 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. Ink deletions on pages 9 and 26, as usual, and a manuscript correction to the name "Banaum" on page 60, which is 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. Bookplate of Robert Crewe-Milnes on the front paste-down and gilt ornament on the upper board.