Isabella “Tibby” Tinkler (1701 or 1702-1794), an Eighteenth-Century Bookseller of Richmond, Yorkshire.

Fig. 1. Aquatint portrait of Isabella "Tibby" Tinkler in her bookshop in Richmond, Yorkshire. Original print in the collection of the Grolier Club Library. Members and visitors to the Grolier Club in recent months may have noticed our Librarian’s display of portraits of women authors, collectors, typographers, and booksellers in the elegant Regency breakfront on … Continue reading Isabella “Tibby” Tinkler (1701 or 1702-1794), an Eighteenth-Century Bookseller of Richmond, Yorkshire.

Bartolo of Sassoferrato’s Super prima parte Digesti novi (1478)

I am pleased to announce my guest post, written for the Early Modern Female Book Ownership blog, about an inscription documenting an early modern woman’s ownership of one of the Grolier Club Library’s incunables.

My thanks to Martine van Elk for inviting me to contribute!

Meghan Constantinou

Early Modern Female Book Ownership

By Meghan Constantinou, Librarian, The Grolier Club

At the Grolier Club Library, we were pleasantly surprised to discover an inscription documenting ownership by the English Restoration poet, Rachel Jevon (bap. 1627), on our copy of Bartolo of Sassoferrato’s Super prima parte Digesti novi, printed by Nicolas Jenson in 1478 (ISTC ib00216000). The inscription was discovered by John Lancaster while recording provenance details of the Club’s copy in CERL’s Material Evidence in Incunabula database (MEI). The database is searchable by gender, as well as many other facets. [1]

Rachel Jevon, born to a clergyman in the Diocese of Worcester in 1627…

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