Book submission: Scrittori Classici Italiani Vol. 1 – 48

Title: Scrittori Classici Italiani Vol. 1 – 48
Author: Various
Publication date: Milano, 1803-1805
Library: NYU Bobst Library
Call number: HB 46.S4 (t.1-t.48)
Submitted by: Connor Gaudet
Description:
This 48 volume collection of early Italian economics writings poses an interesting possible narrative and some fun speculation. Donated to New York University in 1938 by “The Society for the Libraries” as part of a larger economics collection in memory of Mrs. J. H. Schiff, Every volume also carries the inscription “Salin 1927” along with what is apparently a previous personal library call number. Many other books in the economics section have “Salin” and a date between 1924 and 1927.

These apparently came from the personal library of German economist, Edgar Salin (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Salin). Salin was the nephew of Jakob Heinrich Schiff, a New York banker and financier (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jakob_Heinrich_Schiff). Salin visited and travelled around the US with Schiff in 1910. Schiff died in 1920. The chronology of this set is somewhat confusing, as Salin’s inscription is dated 7 years later. Salin likely had either given the books to his aunt, who then bequeathed them to this Society for the Libraries upon her death, or gave the books directly to the Society in her memory. While we may never know the truth, the books offer enough information to allow us to enjoy these tantalizing possibilities.

Book submission: Ohio In The War

Title: Ohio In The War
Author: Reid, Whitelaw
Publication date: Cincinnati/New York, 1868
Library: NYU Bobst Library
Call number: E 525.R34 v.1 c.1
Submitted by: Connor Gaudet
Description:
To Hon. Horace Greeley, with the hearty regards of his obliged friend, Whitelaw Reid, Cincinnati, 14 Feb, 1868.

This was the inscription the author wrote to Greeley from the city of publication and in the year of publication. There is a similar inscription in volume II as well. There are annotations sprinkled throughout, in two hands, one in ink, the other in pencil. The two markings in ink are simple corrections, one changing a year from 1826 to 1836 and the other correcting an incorrectly capitalized “y” The penciled notes appear to be written by someone who was keeping track of the deaths of people who are written about inside the book – generals, governors, etc. This person must have owned the book after Greeley because a number of the noted deaths occurred well after his own passing. Curiously however, one of the penciled notes remarks” Oct. 30 ’62, Greeley says.” It does not appear to be Greeley’s handwriting. It’s difficult to match Greeley’s writing with just two solo characters in the other handwriting (3 and y), but it’s tempting to imagine he may have scribbled that corrected year and taken umbrage with the author’s capitalization of “Young Millikin.”

No accession information is in the book, however, it’s been in Bobst at least since 1996, based on the ILL request slip that was still tucked inside.

Book submission: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson

Title: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson
Author: Jefferson, Thomas
Publication date: Boston, 1830
Library: NYU Bobst Library
Call number: E302.J45 1830 v. 3
Submitted by: Connor Gaudet
Description:
Apparently deaccessioned from the Gansevoort-Lansing archival collection at New York Public Library, this copy is still in the stacks at NYU’s Bobst. The title page is inscribed “Cy Lansing.” I’m guessing this was Christopher Yates Lansing (1796-1872) who is mentioned throughout that collection’s finding aid.

Book submission: The Last Essays of Elia

Title: The Last Essays of Elia
Author: Lamb, Charles
Publication date: Philadelphia, 1899
Library: Alderman Library, University of Virginia
Call number: PR4861 .A1 1899
Submitted by: Christina S.
Description:
Postage stamps

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Book submission: Life of W.M. Thackeray

Title: Life of W.M. Thackeray
Author: Merivale, Herman Charles
Publication date: London, 1891
Library: Alderman Library, University of Virginia
Call number: PR5631 .M5 1891
Submitted by: Christina S.
Description:
Inside right cover:

W. Gordon McCabe / Petersburg / Virginia

Ex libris 5015

[Sent to me by Thackeray’s daughter, Mrs. Anne Thackeray Ritchie, of Kingsley Lodge, Wimbledon, March 1st, 1891].
Virginia

Book submission: Chaucer’s Prologue, Knight’s Tale, and Nun’s Priest’s Tale

Title: Chaucer’s Prologue, Knight’s Tale, and Nun’s Priest’s Tale
Author: Chaucer, Geoffrey
Publication date: New York 1922
Library: Alderman Library, University of Virginia
Call number: PR1867 .I5 1922
Submitted by: Christina S.
Description:
Inscription Front Right Cover:
“Dorothy A. Smith
St. Anne’s School
Charlottesville,
Va
Box 232”

Drawings of girl and semicircle shaped object

Book submission: The Vicar of Wakefield

Title: The Vicar of Wakefield
Author: Goldsmith, Oliver
Publication date: Boston, 1898
Library: Alderman Library, University of Virginia
Call number: PR3490 .A1 1898
Submitted by: Christina S.
Description:

Inscription Inside Right Cover:
“Eugenie Moore
Edgeworth School
122 [ ] Franklin St.
Baltimore
Maryland
Mar. 3rd, 1898″

Book submission: Samuel Johnsohn

Title: Samuel Johnsohn
Author: Stephen, Leslie
Publication date: London, 1900
Library: Alderman Library, University of Virginia
Call number: PR3533 .S7 1900b
Submitted by: Christina S.
Description:
Inside Front Cover on Right:
“Edward Wilson James
Norfolk, Virginia,
January 4th, 1904”

Book submission: Festus

Title: Festus
Author: Bailey, Philip James
Publication date: Boston, 1848
Library: Alderman Library
Call number:

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PR4052 .F4 1848a
Submitted by: Christina S.
Description:
Inscription Front Right Page:
Frederick W. Holliday
Winchester
[Jan.] 29th. 1849

Title Page:
“Fred” W.M. Holliday
Winchester Virginia
[Dec.] 1847

Book submission: Lucile

Title: Lucile
Author: Meredith, Owen (Lytton, Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Earl of, 1831-1891)
Publication date: Boston, 1875
Library: Alderman Library
Call number: PR4954 .L7 1875
Submitted by: Christina Sohn
Description:
Name inscription: “Marion I. Ijams”

Clovers inserted between pages 192-193 and 218-219

Book submission: Lucile

Title: Lucile
Author: Meredith, Owen (Lytton, Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Earl of, 1831-1891)
Publication date: New York, 1885
Library: Alderman Library
Call number: PR4954 .L7 1885
Submitted by: Christina Sohn
Description:
Inside cover:
“For John Staige Davis, With affectionate love of John M. Minor Christmas 1885.”

Book submission: Owen Meredith’s Poems

Title: Owen Meredith’s Poems
Author: Meredith, Owen (Lytton, Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, Earl of, 1831-1891)
Publication date: Boston, 1859
Library: Alderman Library
Call number: PR4950 1859
Submitted by: Christina Sohn
Description:
Left inside cover:
“He is a love-lorn Jeremiah”

“We [ ] him above any of the latest English bard for fervor of imagination, deep in-sight into human motives, strength + clearness of thought + richness of expression. Jb.”

“Owen Meredith writes for a soul steeped in Tennyson. Jb.”

Right inside cover:
W. Gordon McCabe, Virginia. 1860.

Book submission: The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson

Title: The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson
Author: Tennyson, Alfred
Publication date: Boston, 1858
Library: Alderman Library
Call number: PR5550 1858
Submitted by: Christina Sohn
Description:
Inscription “Miss Jennie P.H. Osborne” on title page

Footnote on p. 60: “Mine eyes are full of tears, my heart of grief. Part II. Henry vi-ii-3.”

Footnote on p. 79: ” ‘And to be noble, we’ll be good.’ Winifred — in Percy’s Reliques”

Footnotes on p. 125 from Percy and Southey

Book submission: The spirit messenger

Title: The spirit messenger
Author: [s.n.]
Publication date: [New York, N.Y.? : R.P. Ambler]
Library: Rare Book Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Call number: BF1283.H3 K3913 1845
Submitted by: Claudia Funke
Description:
This bibliographic item has three objects laid in: a photograph of an unnamed female, a ticket “admit bearer”, and a scrap of paper with doodles. It is one of three nineteenth-century spiritualist works bound together in a volume with the spine title “Celestial Gems.” See the catalog records:

http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?Ntt=BF1283.H3+K3913+1845&Ntk=Call%20Number&Nty=1

The volume was discussed in a post last year on the Chapel Hill Rare Book Blog:
http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/rbc/index.php/2013/11/16/ghostly-days/