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Created Date: 2017-03-15
Contributors: Looser, Devoney
Description: This ASU-owned book has a glued-in letter & advertisement for the book. It is a patronage request from the editor, Henry Brown of Newington Butts.

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Created Date: 1877-06-28
Contributors: Hammerschmidt, Soren

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Created Date: 2016-11-21
Contributors: Linthicum, Kent
Description: This ASU-owned book contains a poem at the back that appears to be a revised or edited version of “David’s Lamentation over Saul and Jonathan” titled by the writer “David’s Funeral Elegy over Saul and Jonathan.” Also, the page where the actual lamentation occurs in the text includes a reader’s note which says “How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war famished!” These might be the work of a student who was using the book.

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Created Date: 2016-11-19
Contributors: Looser, Devoney
Description: This ASU-owned book has a previous owner's inscription from William Morris in an 1801 edition of Samuel Johnson's Lives of the English Poets

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Created Date: 2016-11-19
Contributors: Looser, Devoney
Description: This editor's gift inscription in English Poetry, 1170-1892, edited by John Matthews Manly, appears to be to Jessie Benton Evans (1866-1954), as the bookplate in the volume is from her Memorial Library

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Created Date: 2016-11-18
Contributors: Tait, Dana
Description: Possible owners inscription reads "Augustine Birrell / March 10th 1921 / Dies dolorosa - 1915." The reverse of the page includes a handwritten list of other works by the author and some annotations are included in the text. If it is the same Augustine Birrell, he was Chief Secretary for Ireland (1907-1916). The "Dies dolorosa - 1915" might refer to the troubles he experienced that year with World War I, the Irish uprisings and the death of his wife Eleanor. He resigned in 1916 after criticisms of his response to the Irish uprisings.

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Created Date: 2017-04-16
Contributors: Zarka, Emily
Description: Editor's gift inscription in Valentine Duval : an autobiography of the last century / edited by the author of "Mary Powell". William Stebbing from his affectionate friend the Editor Nov 2 1860 [Anne Manning]

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Created Date: 2017-04-16
Contributors: Looser, Devoney
Description: Author's gift inscription in Rough castings in Scotch and English metals: "To Wm Chuthie from Wm Allan"

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Created Date: 2017-04-16
Contributors: Looser, Devoney
Description: Owner's inscription in The tales of the genii, or, The delightful lessons of Horam the son of Asmar. Volume 1: Lady Bute from Lord Dart[mouth]. Volume 2: Lady Bute

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

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.)