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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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 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