This digital edition was co-edited by Zoe Braccia and Whitney Trettien. Transcription and initial editorial work began in Summer 2018; after a project hiatus, the website was completed between July and December 2020, for a January 2021 release.
It is built on an instance of Digital Mappa hosted by the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The editors are grateful to Martin Foys, Dot Porter, and Jamie Folsom for technical support, as well as to Philip Palmer and the Morgan Library & Museum for granting permission to use the digital images of this manuscript (shelfmark PML 128838).
The content within the digital edition is available for reuse under the Creative Commons license Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). Portions of the introductory materials come from Chapter 1 of Whitney Trettien’s Cut/Copy/Paste: Fragments from the History of Bookwork, published in 2021 by University of Minnesota Press. The entire chapter will be available to be read for free online after the book’s publication.
The following resources and readings informed the editors throughout this project:
- The Perdita Project
- The Orlando Project
- Margaret Ezell’s foundational work on early modern women's literary production, especially “Invisible Books,” in Producing the Eighteenth-Century Book: Writers and Publishers in England (University of Delaware Press, 2009); “Women and Early Seventeenth-Century Manuscript Culture: Four Miscellanies,” The Seventeenth Century 12:2: 135-150.
- Victoria Burke’s extensive body of work on early modern women’s miscellanies and commonplace books; see, as a starting point, “Contexts for Women’s Manuscript Miscellanies: The Case of Elizabeth Lyttelton and Sir Thomas Browne,” Yearbook of English Studies 33 (2003): 316-28; “Ann Bowyer’s Commonplace Book (Bodleian Library Ashmole MS 51): Reading and Writing Among the ‘Middling Sort’,” Early Modern Literary Studies 6.3 (January, 2001); “Materiality and Form in the Seventeenth-Century Miscellanies of Anne Southwell, Elizabeth Hastings, and Jane Truesdale,” English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700 16 (2011): 219-241.
- Gillian Wright’s scholarship and editorial labor on early modern women's manuscripts; e.g. “The Resources of Manuscript: Anne Southwell, Readership and Literary Property,” in Producing Women's Poetry, 1600–1730: Text and Paratext, Manuscript and Print (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
- Siobhan Keenan, “Embracing Submission”? Motherhood, Marriage and Mourning in Katherine Thomas’s Seventeenth-Century Commonplace Book,” Women's Writing 15:1: 69-85.
For a more detailed list of citations, see the published chapter in Cut/Copy/Paste.