George Sandys, Ovid’s Metamorphosis Englished (1626)

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This is not only a famous first edition of George Sandys’s translation of Ovid, but also a printed book that is particularly rich in signatures, mostly on the empty back pages, with a number of signatures by Elizabeth Staples in different handwriting and with different flourishes (perhaps by different women with the same name even), one of which is dated 1684 and another 1683. There is also a signature by a woman named Anna Hickman.

Source: Book sold on eBay by Wisdom Pedlars. Twitter post @wisdompedlars, 11/14/18. Reproduced with permission.

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