“”One can guess about the sort of access that a woman in the English countryside in the early 18th century might have to erotic poetry by Latin poets,” he says. “But we have a copy of Art of Love, inscribed by a woman who lived in the north of England. And from this, we can name an English woman, Mary Vipond, who was reading this erotic poetry, and date her. This is a real person, not a generality. So these books bear witness to human lives in ways that a lot of our books now don’t and won’t.””
Early morning book history reading. Because why not.