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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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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

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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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