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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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Author association copy (inscribed by the author) of this ASU-owned book.

Contributors
Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2018-07-20
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This edition has an autographed letter with signature from Derwent Coleridge (dated 13 November 1865) tipped-in on a front endpaper. The letter is from Derwent Coleridge, third son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, describing Coleridge-associated publications of the mid-nineteenth century.

Contributors
Coleridge, Sara, Devoney, Looser
Created Date
2017-04-19
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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.

Contributors
Jones, Henry Festing, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-04-19
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This edition includes a gift inscription and book plate. The inscription reads, "Hilda Bragg from C. A. E. R.". The bookplate is Hilda Bragg's.

Contributors
Battersby, Caryl James, Devoney, Looser
Created Date
2017-04-19
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This editor's gift inscription appears to be to Jessie Benton Evans (1866-1954), "To Mrs. Evans from the Editor 1907". The bookplate in the volume is from Benton's Memorial Library.

Contributors
Manly, John Matthews, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2016-11-19
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Editor Anne Manning's gift inscription to author William Stebbing (1832–1926), "To William Stebbing from his affectionate friend the editor Nov. 2, 1860".

Contributors
Manning, Anne, Zarka, Emily
Created Date
2017-04-13
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This edition includes two flat signatures of William Morris, one is dated "8th of June 1802".

Contributors
Johnson, Samuel, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2016-11-19
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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).

Contributors
Cawein, Madison Julius, Zarka, Emily
Created Date
2017-04-19
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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.

Contributors
Davis, Richard Harding, Gibson, Charles Davis, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-04-19
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This edition includes an author-associated bookplate and inscription, "To G--n W---s. April 24 1871." Bookseller has penciled in "To Golden Winnings." 1st Ed. Austin, Poet Laureate of Eng. Austin's Copy with the book plate of his wife on front cover" (obscured by glued on card slip).

Contributors
Austin, Alfred, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-04-19