ASU Book Traces Project

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Looser, Devoney
Description: This ASU-owned book includes the author's gift inscription in Eliza Cook's Poems (1846): "To Anne Dickinson With Kindest Wishes from Eliza Cook"

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Devoney, Looser
Description: This ASU-owned book features an author's gift inscription in A. C. Benson's Thy rod and Thy staff (1912): "To Thomas Sharrock from A C Benson [Magd Dol Lam?] May 10 1915 With all best wishes"

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Looser, Devoney
Description: This ASU-owned book includes a gift inscription by Coleridge descendant Lord Coleridge in Sara Coleridge's Phantasmion, a fairy tale: "William Thomas Furse from his Godfather, Lord Coleridge June 22 77"

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Devoney, Looser
Description: This ASU-owned book has an autographed letter with signature from Derwent Coleridge (dated 13 November 1865) pasted-in on a front endpaper

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Devoney, Looser
Description: This ASU-owned book includes a gift inscription and book plate. The inscription reads "Hilda Bragg from C. A. E. R.," and the bookplate is Hilda Bragg's.

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Created Date: 2017-03-15
Contributors: Looser, Devoney
Description: Probable author's gift inscription, W. B. (Walter Begley).

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Created Date: 2017-03-15
Contributors: Looser, Devoney
Description: This ASU-owned book has an author's nephew's gift dedication to Edmund Gosse, suggesting he once owned the book.

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Created Date: 2017-03-15
Contributors: Looser, Devoney
Description: This ASU-owned book has an author's gift inscription from Arthur Nason.

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Created Date: 2017-03-15
Contributors: Looser, Devoney
Description: This ASU-owned book has an owner's inscription: Helen Runyan, Vassar College

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Created Date: 2017-03-15
Contributors: Looser, Devoney
Description: This ASU-owned book has subscription list additions. Many of them are regarding numbers of copies, additional subscribers, etc.

Our project seeks to identify, record, and photograph significant, unique features of C19 and early C20 readership found in out-of-copyright ASU-owned books. To begin, we're examining pre-1923 titles in the PRs and the PSs in Hayden Library. (There are 13,673 pre-1923 books on the shelves in the PR and PS--British and American literature--sections.) This ASU Digital Repository space will collect digital images of the most interesting of these examples. We will also be sharing some of them with the University of Virginia-based crowd-sourced project founded and led by Prof. Andrew Stauffer, from which we take our project name and our inspiration: http://booktraces.org. We hope to locate objects for a potential future ASU special exhibit in 2019, when Hayden Library re-opens after its major renovation. (The books are leaving the tower in summer 2017.)