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Articles - June - 2013 Issue

Lo! An English Duchess in Sundance, Utah (Margaret Cavendish Society Conference)

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Frontispiece of Margaret Cavendish's The Worlds Olio.

Serious students of early-modern women writers surely know Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (Essex, 1623 – Welbeck Abbey, Nottingham, 1673). A prolific producer in almost all 17th century literary genres, Duchess Margaret was an unusual, flamboyant, and fearless personality. Ever courting fame, she boldly asserted rank and access directly on the title-page of her many published works: “Written by the thrice noble, illustrious and excellent princesse the Duchess of Newcastle”. But this was also a forward-looking writer whose work thoughtfully engaged with the New Science, university-level education for women, and visionary worlds (science-fiction).

This summer, the Margaret Cavendish Society shall continue to honor the accomplishments of this remarkable woman in its Tenth Biennial International Cavendish Conference, this year at the Sundance Resort in Utah, July 12-14. With a conference theme of “The Art of Nature and the Nature of Art,” this gathering offers a rich selection of scholarly papers, awards & prizes, museum tours, displays, a keynote speaker, a festive banquet, and such special events as a costume presentation. The event is sponsored by the Cavendish Society, Brigham Young University, and the Renaissance Studies Group at Brigham Young. The event’s Organizing Committee includes such Cavendish stalwarts as Professors Brandie R. Siegfried, James Fitzmaurice, Sara H. Mendelson (current Society president), and Lisa T. Sarasohn. Launched at the June 1997 Cavendish Conference at Oxford (UK), the Society was established as a present-day steward of Margaret Cavendish studies. As the Society’s web site shows, this dedicated group, through its members’ publications, scholarly meetings, awards, online resources, and newsletters, fosters continuing conversation and research on Cavendish and her legacy.

Maureen E. Mulvihill (Princeton Research Forum, Princeton NJ) will be the Keynote Speaker of the 2013 Cavendish Conference in Sundance. A respected scholar and rare book collector (as well as a subscriber to Americana Exchange), Dr Mulvihill will speak on: “What Do You See? Frontispieces of Margaret Cavendish - Invention, Authority, Book Arts.” Her presentation will include a table display of rare books from her collection, each with its own frontis, and a distributed bibliography: “Literature & The Visual Arts.”

Selected links:

internationalmargaretcavendishsociety.org

www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/4940?docPos=1

www.floridabibliophilesociety.org/mulvihill.html

mysentimentallibrary.blogspot.com/2011/03/maureen-e-mulvihill-list-of-online-work.html

www.finebooksmagazine.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=4&tag=maureen%20mulvihill&limit=20

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Adam Smith, <i>Wealth of Nations,</i> first edition, descended from William Alexander, London, 1776. $70,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> George Gershwin, photograph signed & inscribed with autograph musical quotation, <i>An American in Paris,</i> 1928. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Friedrich Engels, <i>The Condition of the Working Class in England,</i> first edition, NY, 1887. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> <i>Bury St. Edmunds Witch Trials,</i> first edition, London, 1682. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Robert Rey, <i>Estampes,</i> complete portfolio of 12 wood engravings, Paris, 1950. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Archive of 47 letters by Enrico Caruso to a lady friend, 1906-20. $7,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Books of Hours in Flemish, Netherlands, 15th century. $8,000 to $10,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Jack Kerouac, <i>Doctor Sax,</i> deluxe limited edition, signed, NY, 1959. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries, July 30:</b> Walt Disney, signature on title-page of Ward Greene’s <i>Lady and the Tramp,</i> first edition, first printing. $3,000 to $4,000.

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