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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.)


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This edition includes handwritten annotations to subscription lists. Many of the annotations are regarding numbers of copies, additional subscribers, etc.

Contributors
Baillie, Joanna, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-03-15
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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."

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

Contributors
Chapman, John Jay, Zarka, Emily
Created Date
2017-04-19
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This edition includes an author's inscription, "with the regards of J.T. Fields."

Contributors
Fields, James Thomas, Zarka, Emily
Created Date
2017-04-19
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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."

Contributors
Davis, John Agnell, Zarka, Emily
Created Date
2017-04-19
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Author's gift inscription, "To W. C. Hazlitt Esq with kind regards, from Alexr Ireland," with tipped-in review of the book.

Contributors
Hazlitt, William, Ireland, Alexander, Patt, Leonard
Created Date
2017-04-19
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This edition includes the author's gift inscription, "To Anne Dickinson With Kindest Wishes from Eliza Cook".

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

Contributors
Blind, Mathilde, Lake, Claude, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-04-19
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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."

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

Contributors
Brown, Alice, Redfield, Martin, Zarka, Emily
Created Date
2017-04-19
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This edition features an author's gift inscription, "From the writer to W. G. Tarbet with Kindest regards J. A. Hammerton 8 Sep 00".

Contributors
Hammerton, John Alexander, Sir, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-04-19
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Author's gift inscription, "To D McNaught, Esq., With best wishes of W. Stewart Ross 7th May, 1903."

Contributors
Ross, William Stewart, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-04-16
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This edition includes an author's gift inscription, "To Mr. M. B. Sanford with the sincere regards of Arthur H. Nason Nov 11, 1916".

Contributors
Nason, Arthur Huntington, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-03-15
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This edition includes the author's inscription, "With the Authoress's best regards." A second hand writes "S. Huband."

Contributors
Vane, Frances Anne, Marchioness of Londonderry, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-04-16
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Author's gift inscription, "To Wm Chuthie from Wm Allan".

Contributors
Allan, William, Sir, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-04-16
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Edition includes author's gift inscription, "From Fannie".

Contributors
Burnett, Frances Hodgson, Fredericks, Alfred, Zarka, Emily
Created Date
2017-04-19
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This edition includes an author's inscription written in two different pen colors, "J. W. Crawford aft Jack to Rev. W. O. Cornman."

Contributors
Crawford, Jack, Zarka, Emily
Created Date
2017-04-19
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This edition features the author's gift inscription, "To Thomas Sharrock from A C Benson [Magd Dol Lam?] May 10 1915 With all best wishes".

Contributors
Benson, Arthur Christopher, Devoney, Looser
Created Date
2017-04-19
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Author Prof. Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen's obituary from the St. Louis Daily is tipped in to this edition.

Contributors
Boyesen, Hjalmar Hjorth, Zarka, Emily
Created Date
2017-04-19

Author-signed copy of Collected verses Violet Fane (1880), gift copy inscribed to Lady Harrington

Contributors
Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2018-07-20
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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
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Possible owners inscription, "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.

Contributors
Dobson, Austin, Tait, Dana
Created Date
2016-11-18
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Probable editor's gift inscription, "Jacobo Hiltonio Amico Suo Amicissimo D. D. D Libri hujus Editor et Interpres. W. B. A.D. CMMII".

Contributors
Gott, Samuel, Milton, John, Begley, Walter, et al.
Created Date
2017-03-15
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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.

Contributors
Ballantyne, Robert Michael, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2016-11-15
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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."

Contributors
Furnivall, Frederick James, Hammerschmidt, Soren
Created Date
2017-04-17
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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."

Contributors
Bailey, Philip James, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-03-15
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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.

Contributors
Ward, Edward A.M., Linthicum, Kent
Created Date
2016-11-21
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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."

Contributors
Byron, George Gordon, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-04-19
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This edition includes a gift inscription by the author's (Sara Coleridge) descendant Lord Coleridge, "William Thomas Furse from his Godfather, Lord Coleridge June 22 77"

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

Contributors
Lowndes, William Thomas, Bohn, Henry George, Zarka, Emily
Created Date
2017-04-19
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This edition includes an owner's inscription, "For Selig Heller From Alfred J Goldsmith" and a portrait drawing; and the flat signature of "Henry Davidoff PAK".

Contributors
Blunt, Wilifrid Scawen, Soren, Hammerschmidt
Created Date
2017-04-19
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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

Contributors
Morell, Charles, Sir, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-04-16
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This edition includes an owner's inscription, "Helen Runyan, October 1905, Vassar College".

Contributors
Bagehot, Walter, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-03-15
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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".

Contributors
Brown, Henry, Looser, Devoney
Created Date
2017-03-15
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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.

Contributors
Bryant, William Cullen, Zarka, Emily
Created Date
2017-04-19