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First Published:  March 2004
Revised (substantive):  2 January 2016

Composite illustration casting Virginia Ferrar as A YOUNG LADY DISCOVERER. Robert Hooke's drawings of a silkworm's egg and of Virginian silk (both as viewed through his microscope in 1663) are juxtaposed with a woodcut illustration of silkworms from _Virginia’s Discovery of Silke-Wormes, with Their Benefit ..._, by Edward Williams (London, 1650), and a quote from Samuel Hartlib’s _A Rare and New Discovery of a Speedy Way and Easie Means, Found Out by a Young Lady in England, ... For the Feeding of Silk-Worms ..._ (London, 1652), describing Virginia Ferrar’s improvement of Anglo-American sericulture.


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