The following is from Kate Kemball, a production editor in scholarly journals at the University of Illinois Press. She attended the lecture introducing Women in Print and shares her thoughts below:
Women in Print is a new peer-reviewed e-book series from the University of Illinois Press that provides high-quality facsimiles of rare books that can be read online or downloaded to e-readers for free. The series focuses on compelling literature that is not yet widely used in order to broaden understanding of women authors and their place in intellectual history, as well as the history of books and printing. The Women in Print series editor is Andrew S. G. Turyn, Endowed Professor and Director of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library Professor Valerie Hotchkiss, who welcomes proposals for primary source e-editions to the series.
A UIUC Emeritus Professor of English, John Dussinger, introduced the first book, Some Reflections upon Marriage, Mary Astell’s essay on the horrors of marriage which was published in London in 1700 and now resides in the vault of the University of Illinois’ Rare Book and Manuscript Library. He provided an introduction to the book for students, as well as notes and a bibliography for further reading. In a video “virtual visit” to the rare book vault, rare print librarian Caroline Szylowicz described the provenance of the book, one of only ten known copies, and showed off its antique pages and handcrafted calfskin binding.
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