Collective Biographies of WomenAn Annotated Bibliography
1803. Eccentric Biography; or, Memoirs of Remarkable Female Characters, Ancient and Modern. Including Actresses, Adventurers, Authoresses, Fortune-Tellers, Gipsies, Dwarfs, Swindlers and Vagrants: Also Many Others who Have Distinguished Themselves by Their Chastity, Dissipation, Intrepidity, Learning, Abstinence, Credulity, &c., &c.: Alphabetically Arranged: Forming a Pleasing Mirror of Reflection to the Female Mind. Ornamented with Portraits of the Most Singular Characters in the Work. London: Printed by J. Cundee, sold by T. Hurst. Worcester, [MA]: Printed by Isaiah Thomas, 1804. With title variant: Eccentric Biography: Or . . . Modern. Including Princesses, Duchesses . . . Illustrated. 2d American ed., Worcester: I. Thomas, for Homans, Boston, 1805.
British Library. 1803 edition: 96 subjects, including Corday [shortened version of Hays], Astell, Behn, Centlivre, Roland, Mrs. Wollstonecraft Godwin, Joan of Arc, “Alice, an American slave who lived to be 116 (with portrait)” (Stuart Bennett, An Eighth Mill Valley Miscellany, Catalogue XXXVIII, item 197). Frontispiece of Joan; 7 other illus. “First published as part of Eccentric Biography; or, sketches of remarkable characters, ancient and modern. Here the articles relating to women have been separated and added to,” James Burmeister, English Books 1675-1900 : Catalogue 48 (4 Dec 2000), 8.
TOC: Vol. 1: Lady Jane Grey; Queen Catharine Parr; Jane, Queen of Navarre; Lady Mary Vere; Countess of Suffolk; Lady Mary Armyne; Lady Elizabeth Langham; Countess of Warwick; Lady Elizabeth Brooke; Mrs. Margaret Andrews; Lady Alice Lucy; Lady Margaret Houghton; Mrs. Ann Baynard; Lady Frances Hobart; The Right Hon. Lady Cutts; The Right Hon. Lady Elizabeth Hastings; Mrs. Jane Ratcliffe; Lady Rachel Russell; Mrs. Elizabeth Burnet; Mrs. Elizabeth Bury; Mrs. Elizabeth Rowe.
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