The Whole Duty of (Wo)men: Female Printers in the Goold Collection

Two Virtues Holding a Compass, printed by Denise de Heuqueville, 1680

One of the fascinating discoveries to emerge from James Goold’s library was the collection of works produced by early female printers.

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries women were generally excluded from trade guilds. The printing trade was no exception.  But some of the wives of printers were just as skilled at the printing trade as their husbands and when widowed could sometimes manage to seize the opportunity. Some of the products of their work are now collectors’ items.

Join Huw Sandaver at this free lecture to find out more about these early women and how they shaped the development of the early modern book.

For further information, visit the Old Treasury Building's webpage about this event.



March 01, 2020 at 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Old Treasury Building
20 Spring St
East Melbourne, VIC 3002
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