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“Of a Little River in Oxfordshire Neare Kiddington,” Mary Sidney 2010

This previously unpublished sonnet is from a 17th-century manuscript of English poems, a verse miscellany, created circa 1641. It is one of five poems in the miscellany attributed to Mary Sidney Herbert, Countess of Pembroke (1561-1621), by scholars June & Paul Schlueter. The poems were brought to light in 2010 by the Schlueters while researching in the Landesbibliothek und Murhardsche Bibliothek der Stadt in Kassel, Germany. The poems are the only extant examples of the later work of Elizabethan England’s most prolific & highly regarded female poet. (A portrait of Mary Sidney follows the photograph of the broadside.)

Printed in Libra in four colors with additional gold pigment applied by hand. The paper is dampened handmade Velke Losiny, a vintage sheet from the former Czechoslovakia. The mill began making paper in 1596. Mary Sidney was 35 years old.

The broadside was printed in honor of the 2010 Paul & June Schlueter Lectureship given by Carolee Campbell and coincides with the 25th anniversary retrospective exhibition of the work of Ninja Press presented at Lafayette College’s Skillman Library in Easton, Pennsylvania, November 8 to January 7, 2011. There are 85 copies in the edition. 16 x 11 inches. $75

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