Katherine Philips, Poems (1667)

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This is an example of a female-authored book owned by a woman. Hannah Flatman inscribed the book with her name in 1674. Who she was is uncertain. A 1921 thesis by Frederic Antony Child describes her as the wife to Thomas Flatman, an English poet and painter of miniatures, in 1672. Child says that her maiden name was Hannah Carpenter, and that she is listed as Flatman’s widow in 1689 probate courts. John Murdoch writes in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, however, that Flatman was married to a woman named Suzanna, in which case Hannah may have been a relative. Flatman himself had written a poem for the edition of Philips so this book must have been especially important to the family. He died in 1688; I have not found dates for Hannah or more information about her.

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Self-Portrait by Thomas Flatman, circa 1660
NPG 1051. Copyright National Portrait Gallery.

Source: Title page from EEBO, Wing P2033, Duke University Library (Folger doesn’t include title page for Luna 134104). Signature page Folger Shakespeare Library Luna 134104. https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/7ljy74.

“Flatman, Thomas (1635-1688),” by John Murdoch, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2010, https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/9675.

 

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