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Judith Drake is a shadowy figure, but seems to have been responsible, or partly responsible, for two remarkable works of different kinds: a feminist essay, 1696, and editing her husband's major scientific text, 1707.
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JD's date of birth is not known. It may have been close to that of her husband, who was born in 1666. Bibliographic Citation link.
1696 JD published her anonymous An Essay in Defence of the Female Sex . . . in a Letter to a Lady; it was said to be written by another 'Lady'. Bibliographic Citation link.
After March 1707 JD completed, edited, and published Anthropologia Nova; or, A New System of Anatomy, which her husband left unfinished on his death this year.
JD's date of death is not known: she sounds healthy and feisty in late 1723.
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