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ASU Book Traces Project


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.)


Date Range
2016 2018


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This edition features an author's gift inscription, "From the writer to W. G. Tarbet with Kindest regards J. A. Hammerton 8 Sep 00".

Contributors
Hammerton, John Alexander, Sir, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-04-19
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Author's gift inscription, "To D McNaught, Esq., With best wishes of W. Stewart Ross 7th May, 1903."

Contributors
Ross, William Stewart, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-04-16
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This edition includes an author's gift inscription, "To Mr. M. B. Sanford with the sincere regards of Arthur H. Nason Nov 11, 1916".

Contributors
Nason, Arthur Huntington, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-03-15
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This edition includes the author's inscription, "With the Authoress's best regards." A second hand writes "S. Huband."

Contributors
Vane, Frances Anne, Marchioness of Londonderry, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-04-16
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Author's gift inscription, "To Wm Chuthie from Wm Allan".

Contributors
Allan, William, Sir, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-04-16
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Edition includes author's gift inscription, "From Fannie".

Contributors
Burnett, Frances Hodgson, Fredericks, Alfred, Zarka, Emily
Created Date
2017-04-19
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This edition includes an author's inscription written in two different pen colors, "J. W. Crawford aft Jack to Rev. W. O. Cornman."

Contributors
Crawford, Jack, Zarka, Emily
Created Date
2017-04-19
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This edition features the author's gift inscription, "To Thomas Sharrock from A C Benson [Magd Dol Lam?] May 10 1915 With all best wishes".

Contributors
Benson, Arthur Christopher, Devoney, Looser
Created Date
2017-04-19
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Author Prof. Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen's obituary from the St. Louis Daily is tipped in to this edition.

Contributors
Boyesen, Hjalmar Hjorth, Zarka, Emily
Created Date
2017-04-19

Author-signed copy of Collected verses Violet Fane (1880), gift copy inscribed to Lady Harrington

Contributors
Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2018-07-20