Ghostwriting: Historical Readers and Library Collections

Strange Markings in William Gilpin’s Essay upon Prints (1768)

William Gilpin’s An Essay upon Prints (1768) pivots between neoclassical and romantic strands in eighteenth-century aesthetics.  This work contains, as the title page announces, “Remarks upon the Principles of picturesque Beauty,” the aesthetic category that Gilpin defines in opposition to Read more…


Raising a Perfect Wife and Defining the Proper Woman in the Eighteenth Century

The story of Thomas Day (1748-1789) is a curious episode in the Age of Enlightenment. A prominent abolitionist, he and John Bicknell co-wrote the first anti-slavery poem in 1773. He was also a close friend of Richard Edgeworth, a significant Read more…


Romantic Poetry, Orientalism, and Advertising

The works of George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824), feature prominently in the literary period of British Romanticism and the cultural trend of orientalism, in which writers from Western Europe presented the people and cultures of “the East”—understood to stretch from Read more…


A Virgil set changes hands in South Carolina before finding its way into the University Libraries

The Irvin Department is home to a three volume set of Virgil, P. Virgilii Maronis Opera in tres tomos divisa… (Amstelodami, 1680), that was owned by Thomas Cooper and his owner’s inscription of 1790 appears on one of the front Read more…