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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


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 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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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
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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 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 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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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 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
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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