ASU Book Traces Project

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2016 2017
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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Hazlitt, William, Ireland, Alexander, Patt, Leonard
Description: Author's gift inscription, "To W. C. Hazlitt Esq with kind regards, from Alexr Ireland," with tipped-in review of the book.

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Bates, Katharine Lee, Zarka, Emily
Description: This edition includes author Katharine Lee Bates' gift inscription, "This grave work is presented, at request, to Mildred C. Smith, president of the Wellerby Gradaute Club, with Christmas Love from K.L.B. 1916."

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Davis, John Agnell, Zarka, Emily
Description: This edition includes a gift inscription by author Rev. J.A. Davis, "To Rev. A. G. Russell with the warmest regards of the author J.A. Davis."

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Byron, George Gordon, Looser, Devoney
Description: Portovenere postcard glued on endpaper (loose from book) with marginalia on postcard, laid in "The poetical works of Lord Byron : with copious illustrative notes, and a memoir of his life."

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Chapman, John Jay, Zarka, Emily
Description: This edition has a gift inscription by author John Jay Chapman, "Miss Goodale from John Jay Chapman Merry Xmas 1914."

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Bryant, William Cullen, Zarka, Emily
Description: This edition contains four additional tipped-in poems by the book's author. Poems appear to be cut from various newspapers of the period. Signature by book's owner located on title page.

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Created Date: 2017-04-19
Contributors: Fields, James Thomas, Zarka, Emily
Description: This edition includes an author's inscription, "with the regards of J.T. Fields."

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Created Date: 2017-04-17
Contributors: Furnivall, Frederick James, Hammerschmidt, Soren
Description: Inscription of book award, "The New Shakspere Society's Prize to The University of Mississippi Awarded to Charlton Henry Alexander of Kosciuscko, Miss. June 28, 1877. John L. Johnson, Prof. Eng. Lang. & Lit."

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Created Date: 2017-03-15
Contributors: Nason, Arthur Huntington, Looser, Devoney
Description: This edition includes an author's gift inscription, "To Mr. M. B. Sanford with the sincere regards of Arthur H. Nason Nov 11, 1916".

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Created Date: 2017-04-13
Contributors: Manning, Anne, Zarka, Emily
Description: Editor Anne Manning's gift inscription to author William Stebbing (1832–1926), "To William Stebbing from his affectionate friend the editor Nov. 2, 1860".

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.)