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2016 2017
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Created Date: 2017-03-15
Contributors: Bagehot, Walter, Looser, Devoney
Description: This edition includes an owner's inscription, "Helen Runyan, October 1905, Vassar College".

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Created Date: 2016-11-21
Contributors: Ward, Edward A.M., Linthicum, Kent
Description: This edition contains a handwritten poem near the back 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: Johnson, Samuel, Looser, Devoney
Description: This edition includes two flat signatures of William Morris, one is dated "8th of June 1802".

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Created Date: 2016-11-19
Contributors: Manly, John Matthews, Looser, Devoney
Description: 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.

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Created Date: 2016-11-15
Contributors: Ballantyne, Robert Michael, Looser, Devoney
Description: This volume contains an ownership inscription, "M. Dumas Faucher, 4 Place Bouquerie, Nimes". An M. Dumas Faucher is traceable in other sources as a delegate from the Young Friends of Peace at Nimes. It is possible that this book once belonged to Jacques Dumas-Faucher, a lawyer in Nimes, France who was associated with the peace and education movement.

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Created Date: 2017-04-16
Contributors: Morell, Charles, Sir, 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: Vane, Frances Anne, Marchioness of Londonderry, Looser, Devoney
Description: This edition includes the author's inscription, "With the Authoress's best regards." A second hand writes "S. Huband."

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Created Date: 2017-03-15
Contributors: Bailey, Philip James, Looser, Devoney
Description: This edition has a gift dedication from the author's nephew to Edmund Gosse, suggesting he once owned the book. Dedicatation, "Mr. Edmund Gosse in remembrance of my Uncle Philip James Bailey Sep: 1902 F. CC."

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Created Date: 2017-03-15
Contributors: Brown, Henry, Looser, Devoney
Description: This edition has a tipped-in letter and an advertisement for the book. The letter is a patronage request from the editor, Henry Brown of Newington Butts, "31 Albert Street Newington Butts London Jan 4th 1870 Sir I am the author of the new work upon the Sonnets of Shakespeare, and am seeking a little aid from a few of my Subscribers, to enable me to cover the expenses of my work. being a poor working man now unfortunately out of work, any slight assistance would be most thankfully received, Yours Obediently Henry Brown. C. Walton Esqr".

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Created Date: 2017-03-15
Contributors: Gott, Samuel, Milton, John, Begley, Walter, et al.
Description: Probable editor's gift inscription, "Jacobo Hiltonio Amico Suo Amicissimo D. D. D Libri hujus Editor et Interpres. W. B. A.D. CMMII".

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.)