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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 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 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