ASU Book Traces Project

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Created Date: 2017-04-16
Contributors: Allan, William, Sir, Looser, Devoney
Description: Author's gift inscription, "To Wm Chuthie from Wm Allan".

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Created Date: 2017-04-16
Contributors: Ross, William Stewart, Looser, Devoney
Description: Author's gift inscription, "To D McNaught, Esq., With best wishes of W. Stewart Ross 7th May, 1903."

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Lowndes, William Thomas, Bohn, Henry George, Zarka, Emily
Description: Contains hundred of handwritten slips of paper laid-in by a previous owner that serve as additions to all six volumes in this 1865 series, authored by William Thomas Lowndes and revised by Henry G. Bohn.

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Davis, Richard Harding, Gibson, Charles Davis, Looser, Devoney
Description: This edition includes the flat signature of Illustrator Charles Dana Gibson on the frontispiece in "Gallegher, and other stories"; and a second signature in "Soldiers of Fortune". This is a limited-edition, 256-copy run of "The novels and stories of Richard Harding Davis" [v. 4]. Richard Harding Davis, author, 1864-1916.

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Boyesen, Hjalmar Hjorth, Zarka, Emily
Description: Author Prof. Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen's obituary from the St. Louis Daily is tipped in to this edition.

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Jones, Henry Festing, Looser, Devoney
Description: This edition includes a bookmark titled, "'The All-in Policy' for House-owners"; an advertisement for The British Dominions General Insurance Company, c. 1916-1924.

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Cawein, Madison Julius, Zarka, Emily
Description: This edition includes a gift inscription possibly penned by the author, Madison Julius Cawein, "Frank on Valentines Day, 1914. M.J." Madison Julius Cawein (1865-1914).

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Carr, Clark Ezra, Zarka, Emily
Description: Edition includes a gift inscription from author Clark E. Carr, "Presented to my friend Hon. WB. Brinton with my sincere regards. Clark Elarr. Christmas 1905."

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Blind, Mathilde, Lake, Claude, Looser, Devoney
Description: This edition includes an author's gift inscription, "To Mrs John Dillon with sincere esteem Mathilde Blind".

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Brown, Alice, Redfield, Martin, Zarka, Emily
Description: This edition includes an author's inscription, "Very true and faithful Alice Brown. June 25, 1916."

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.)