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“Lettere scritte da donna”, a book for women published in 1737. CCD.17.15.

The display cases outside the Map Department are hosting a new exhibition entitled Conduct literature for and about women in Italy: prescribing and describing life. The display marks the conclusion of an 18-month Leverhulme Trust–Isaac Newton Trust co-funded project on the production of printed conduct literature for and about women in Italy, between 1470 and 1900. Undertaken by Principal Investigator Dr Helena Sanson and Research Associate Dr Francesco Lucioli, and providing a systematic study of women’s conduct books over a broad chronological span, the project is the first of its kind in the field of Italian studies. A conference on the subject is being held in Cambridge on 20 and 21st March, and more information can be found here.

Read more about the exhibition on the Special Collections blog.