Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 30:1, Winter 2000. Copyright Â© by Duke University Press / 2000 / $2.00. JMEMS30.1-05-Ingram.101-124 12/21/99 4:33 PM Page 102 history, that seem to exert no inï¬uence on modern understandings of books, authorship, and readership. Margaret Cavendishâs debut in print, Poems, and Fancies (1653), is one of many such books. Although Poems, and Fancies seems to have been remarkable for Cavendishâs contemporaries (it is, after all, a folio of secular poems published by an exiled marchioness during the ï¬rst year of the Protectorate), her book is rarely analyzed in surveys of seventeenth-century books of poetry. Cavendishâs ï¬rst book nevertheless invites such analysis, for its famous prefatory material shapes the bookâs place among other books published in the midâseventeenth century. Because prefaces record emerging assumptions about the production, circulation, and proper use of texts, they have long been important archives for theorists and for historians of early modern literature, such as W. W. Greg, whose collection of âPrefaces and Suchâ to early modern plays reï¬ects a complex variety of transactions among authors, readers, regulatory agents, and stationers.4 Roger Chartier has argued more recently that prefatory material reveals authorsâ and publishersâ strategies for securing
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