Marital marginalia: the books of Thomas and Isabella Hervey (ca 1675–1694)

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Emma Smith
Monday, 6 March, 2017 - 17:15
Weston Library, Lecture Theatre

Oxford Bibliographical Society

Emma Smith

Marital marginalia: the books of Thomas and Isabella Hervey (ca 1675–1694)

Thomas and Isabella Hervey of Bury St Edmunds owned an unusual library. Their memorial in Ickworth church described them as exemplars of ‘conjugal aƒection’, and their library shows that books owned by each of them before marriage were re-inscribed with their joint mark ‘Tho:& Isabella’. More extensive marginalia reveals glimpses of joint and separate reading. By reconstructing this now-scattered late seventeenth-century library and its annotations, I hope to draw out the intimate interconnectedness of marriage and marginalia in the Hervey household.

Monday 6 March 2017

Weston Library Lecture Theatre at 5.15 p.m. (please enter via the Parks Road entrance)

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