Book submission: A Collection of Welsh Travels and Memoirs of Wales

Title: A Collection of Welsh Travels and Memoirs of Wales
Author: Torbuck, John (compiler)
Publication date: London: Printed for J. Torbuck, and sold by R. Baldwin, jun., [1749]
Library: Columbia University (Butler Library)
Call number: 942.1W14 T63
Submitted by: Tara Key
This book’s inscriptions and annotations tell a tale of a group of bibliophiles of note.

The inscription of presentation, first, IDs William A(ndrew) Chatto’s gift of the book to Robert Balmanno on January 20, 1844. This is presumably in Balmanno’s handwriting. There is, second, a note bound in that details how the book may be more suitable for a “Mr. Milner”in that he is a lover of things Welsh (as opposed, perhaps to Scotsman Balmanno) and is signed by “C” – presumably Chatto. Note that Balmanno IDs Chatto as “Esq.” in his annotation.

Third, in what I think is Chatto’s handwriting, there is an odd assortment throughout the book of phrases and words being underlined and check-marked in the margins. In the front of the book, there is a corresponding list of terms and page numbers that line up with the check-marks found – not for every item check-marked, but some.

Robert Balmanno (1780-1861) was an author and collector of books and autographs who lived in New York. He came from London on the ship Orbit on April 8, 1830, immigrating as a “Gentleman.” He was the editor of the London Literary Gazette before his move and founded the New York Shakespeare Society. In fact, he was such a Shakespeare fan, he conducted a lengthy correspondence with Mary Cowden Clarke after she published her “Complete Concordance to Shakespeare” and the letters between the two became a book titled, “Letters To an Enthusiast” later in the century. He is buried in Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery and his collected papers are at NYPL.

William A. Chatto was William Andrew Chatto (1799-1864). He was the editor of the British periodical Puck in 1844. He wrote books on a variety of topics, including, Treatise on Wood Engraving, Historical and Practical (1844), Facts and Speculations on the Origin and History of Playing Cards (1848). A Paper;—of Tobacco. Treating of the Rise, Progress, Pleasures, and Advantages of Smoking. With Anecdotes of Distinguished Smokers, Mems. on Pipes and Tobacco-Boxes, and a Critical Essay on Snuff (1839) appeared under the inspired pseudonym Joseph Fume! One of his sons, Andrew, became a member of the publishing firm Chatto and Windus.

An autographed letter found recently for sale online from Chatto to Balmanno, sent from London on July 29, 1844, divulges the association of these two men with “Milner” the description of the contents reading that he had received with great pleasure Balmanno’s ‘parcels and letters’, and asks him to thank ‘your friends Chisholm, Tracey, and Milner’.” This is the only trace I can find of Mr. Milner, but it locates him as a New York friend of both men.

This book, according to the inscription, was received by Balmanno from Chatto on January 20, 1844 – the same year!

This letter refers to their interchanges of sending and receiving books from each other, and comments, “I had the trouble of correcting the proof sheets and making a brief glossary of Yankee phrases …” about a reprinting of Jonathan Slick’s High Life In New York by the publisher of Puck, now gone belly up. (Chatto says of Puck, “I neither liked the title nor the plan of Puck, and yet, I think, I did nore than any other man to keep it alive so long. My reward I have yet to receive.” )

Chatto goes on to say (regarding a book Balmanno had sent to him), “Why did you stick “Esq” after my name in , in the “New World”? In such places I always take it to mean “Hack Writer” – a character which I am not ambitious of, and, in truth, do not deserve. ” You will recall, Balmanno wrote, “Esq.” after Chatto’s name in his note about receiving the book in that very six-month period between getting the book from Chatto and this letter from Chatto!

This talk of making a glossary of Yankee phrases seems to explain the documenting of interesting phrases in this work made by Chatto before he sent it to New York, as it is in his handwriting if he penned the bound-in note.

On page 74, a longer note refers to a Walter Scott review of a John Home (Hume) work in the Quarterly Review in 1827.

Book submission: The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore

Title: The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore
Author: Moore, Thomas
Publication date: Buffalo, 1852
Library: Butler, Columbia
Call number: 825M78L3
Submitted by: Andrew Stauffer
Juliana Sheilds Haskell’s copy, inscribed to “Miss Juliana, It gives me great pleasure to subscribe myself,/ Your sincere friend,/ R.E.L. Barnum/ Savannah, GA/ Mrch 25, 1893.”

Book submission: The Revival of Irish Literature

Title: The Revival of Irish Literature
Author: Sigerson, George; Duffy; Hyde
Publication date: London, 1894
Library: Butler, Columbia
Call number: 825.9 D874
Submitted by: Andrew Stauffer

With gift inscription from the author, George Sigerson (1836-1925), renowned Irish Literary Revival author, to American poet Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920), “with sincerest regards” on “St. Patrick’s Day, 1894”

With a complimentary verse, quoting Goldsmiths’ “Deserted Village,” and making a pun on “plain” vs. “fair,” and in reference to Auburn, Massachusetts:

“Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the plain” —
Its New World namesake needs a new refrain;
Henceforth we’ll say, since you are ruler there,
“Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the Fair!”

Book submission: Works of the Rt Honorable Lord Byron, volume VI

Title: Works of the Rt Honorable Lord Byron, volume VI
Author: Lord Byron
Publication date: Philadelphia, 1825
Library: Butler, Columbia
Call number: 825B99J1
Submitted by: Andrew Stauffer

Stamped by the Peithologian Society, a Columbia University undergraduate literary society. With Byron quotations and excerpts written in pencil on the half-title, and a doodle of a human face on the fly-leaf.



Book submission: The Essays of Robert Southey

Title: The Essays of Robert Southey
Author: Southey, Robert
Publication date: Tunbridge Wells, 1853
Library: Butler Library, Columbia University
Call number: 825So8 M 32
Submitted by: Karla Nielsen

We found two of three volumes of essays by Robert Southey compiled by J.M.B. who identifies him/herself on the title page and appears to have title pages printed up in 1853. J.M.B. pulled these essays of Southey from periodicals in the 1820s, sometimes cutting pages in half so that only text by Southey appears throughout. The book maker added blank paper in a similar stock to fill out those pages, one of many efforts to give the compilation the appearance of an integral printed book.

Each volume starts of with a hand-written table of contents for that volume in a very neat hand that instead of listing page numbers indicates the original publication date of each essay. The same hand supplies additional quotes at the end of many essays. Each volume ends with an index or appendix of supplementary information (often about the people under discussion in Southey’s essays) also cut from elsewhere. The third volume  in this series (1 of 3) was uploaded to Google Books (which took the title page at face value)and has not found its way back to the Butler stacks.

Book submission: L’Italie (Les Guides Bleus)

Title: L’Italie (Les Guides Bleus)
Author: Bertarelli, L. V.
Publication date: Paris, 1932
Library: Butler, Columbia
Call number: 945.01 B4641
Submitted by: Andrew Stauffer

Annotated travel guide to Italy, with personal itinerary, dates, and expenses during a trip in 1933. Formerly owned by Henry S. and Juliana Haskell, both of whom had strong ties to Columbia.

Book submission: Lalla Rookh

Title: Lalla Rookh
Author: Moore, Thomas
Publication date: New York, 1851
Library: Butler, Columbia
Call number: 825M78 Q51
Submitted by: Andrew Stauffer

Inscription in ink on the front free endpaper, dated April 17, 1854:

“Love: what a volume in a word, an ocean in a tear,
A seventh heaven in a glass, a whirlwind in a sigh,
The lightning in a touch, a millennium in a moment.

(the quotation is from Martin F. Tupper’s Proverbial Philosophy)

With a follow-up inscription in pencil:

Tempest in a teapot!
Feb. 6th, 1858

Attributed to a name I can’t quite make out (perhaps “Fanny”?), possibly the former owner of the book, who is reflecting ruefully on his or her former inscription.

Book submission: The Life, History, and Travels of Kah-Ge-Ga-Gah-Bowh

Title: The Life, History, and Travels of Kah-Ge-Ga-Gah-Bowh
Author: Copway, George
Publication date: Philadelphia: James Harmstead, 1847 (Sixth Edition)
Library: Columbia University (Butler Library)
Call number: 302.83 C796
Submitted by: Tara Key
The Reverend Isaac Aylsworth Savage, recipient of this presentation copy, was a Methodist minister who was stationed in Lowell in 1849. He died young, at age 40, in 1854 shortly after this book was gifted to him.

George Copway, the author and presumed presenter, was an Ojibwa Indian who converted to Christianity and had been an ordained Methodist minister. In 1842, prior to writing this book, he was charged with embezzlement by the Indian Department, who he served as vice-president of the Ojibewe General Council, which resulted in being convicted by the Indians and being defrocked by the Methodists.

After this event, he and his wife and children moved to New York City, were he wrote “The Life, History and Travels..” Copway toured the Atlantic seaboard in 1847-1848, speaking on temperance and Indian themes. The book was quite popular and went through seven editions by 1848, after being published in 1847.

He befriended historian Francis Parkman, James Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who he also gifted with a book in 1849. Longfellow wrote The Song of Hiawatha six years later, and Copway was the only Ojibwe he met prior to writing the poem based on the Lake Superior Ojibwe.

Copway was a complex man ultimately caught between two worlds. Indians did not fully trust him and he faced racism in settler society. He joined the Know-Nothings in an act of intolerance in 1851. In 1865, he abandoned his family and was actually baptized a Catholic on January 17, 1869 just days before he died.

This copy belonged to historian Frederic Bancroft.

Book submission: Good-Better-Best: or, the Three Ways of Making a Happy World

Title: Good-Better-Best: or, the Three Ways of Making a Happy World
Author: American Sunday-School Union
Publication date: Philadelphia, American Sunday School Union, [1844]
Library: Columbia University (Butler Library)
Call number: 812Am35 R
Submitted by: Tara Key
Signed by H. M. Beare to W and W. B. Woolley – I can’t find any info on the Wooleys, but Reverend Henry Marvin Beare was at the heart of scandal in 1844.

Bishop Onderdonk (who attended Columbia University) was visiting he and his wife, Charlotte, in Queens. Beare’s parish, Zion Church, was in Douglaston, Long Island, so a carriage ride was required to and from the Beare’s home in Bayside, Queens. Apparently Onderdonk, who was eventually slapped on the wrist, was a serial sexual predator. Mrs. Beare, a new bride of two years, was accosted by him four times in one day!

She was riding several times next to him in the “backseat” of the carriage; after telling Beare of the first assault, he said, “If you can avoid it, do not let it alter your manner towards him while he is in our house.” Onderdonk continued to exhibit this behavior over the course of the day, culminating in this account : “On this ride, the bishop put his arm around my waist; then raised it, and put it across the back of my neck; he thrust his hand into the neck of my dress, down into my bosom.” In each case, her husband was sitting in the front seat. She was told to keep quiet again by her husband on arrival at home. She told no one for eighteen months and then told three aunts.

Ultimately, nine women came forth. Despite attempts to discredit the women, the bishops voted 11 to 6 that he was guilty, but he was not removed from the bishop’s office- only removed from duty. It was written about in newspapers and hotly discussed, with surprising sympathy for the bishop in many cases. One writer called Charlotte Beare “ardent and impulsive.”

As if this was not enough, in the “happy world,” the Zion Church website reports, “ An incident of embarrassment during his tenure was his discovery that the coachman, after driving the rector on his parish visits, had returned at night to these homes and robbed them of their silver and other valuables. The coachman hid the stolen goods in the belfry of the church, where the Reverend Beare discovered them quite by accident. The shock to him was very great, though naturally no one held the rector or the church responsible for the thefts.”

Book submission: Capturing a Locomotive: A History of Secret Service in the Late War

Title: Capturing a Locomotive: A History of Secret Service in the Late War
Author: Pittenger, William (Rev.)
Publication date: Washington: The National Tribune, 1905
Library: Columbia University (Butler Library)
Call number: 973.7 P683
Submitted by: Tara Key
Mrs. W. D. Adams (Leona N. ) was the librarian of the Shelby Village Library in Shelby, Michigan from 1907-1945. She was active in TB relief and prevention work locally, serving as Secretary of the Shelby Anti-Tuberculosis Society in 1908.

Her pay as head librarian was $12.50 a quarter.

Her uncle, Marion Mallison, was a Michigan volunteer Union soldier in the Eleventh Infantry who drank from a poisoned well while serving in Nashvile, TN at age 18. Her father, Joseph Mallison, also was in TN in the Eleventh Infantry. . This must be where she hears the story of the locomotive from.

The General was the locomotive. It was the subject of the Great Loomotive Chase and possibly the first train hijacked in America. The participants in the caper were among the first recipients of the Medal Of Honor. it now resides in the Southern Museum in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Book submission: Progress of the pilgrim Good-Intent in Jacobinical times

Title: Progress of the pilgrim Good-Intent in Jacobinical times
Author: Burges, Mary Anne
Publication date: Burges, Mary Anne
Library: Columbia University (Butler Library)
Call number: 824B911 T
Submitted by: Tara Key
Mary Wadleigh and Abigale Clough owned this book. Inscription dated “Henniker Jun 1830. ”

Abigail Wadleigh Clough died of typhoid January 15, 1848 near Henniker, NH. Mary was her sister.

Note the unique attempt at repairing the book using a hand-sewn technique!

Book submission: A collection of the Parliamentary debates in England : from the year M,DC,LXVIII to the present time.

Title: A collection of the Parliamentary debates in England : from the year M,DC,LXVIII to the present time.
Author: Great Britain. Parliament.
Publication date: Dublin : Printed ; London : Reprinted, with additions, and sold by John Torbuck, 1739-1742
Library: Columbia University (Butler Library)
Call number: 328.422 G796
Submitted by: Tara Key
John Watts, Jr. was the son of John Watts, a wealthy early New York Merchant. Watts, Sr. held positions in the Colonial government and had to flee to England in 1775, as he was a Loyalist receiving threats from patriots. His son, John Watts, Jr. remained and was able to buy back his father’s holdings after the war. Watts, Jr. was a lawyer and held state political positions, as well as serving in Washington’s fifth and sixth years of presidency as a member of Congress. Those holdings included his father’s house at No. 3 Broadway.

Archibald Kennedy was the brother-in-law of John Watts, Jr., having married his sister Anne Watts. He had a mansion built at No. 1 Broadway and the house was joined to the Watts residence at No. 3 by a staircase and a bridge, allowing for entertaining on the second floor in grand style. He was the 11th Earl of Cassilis, and returned to Scotland eventually to assume the Earldom. He played both sides of the fence during the Revolution, and his house at No. 1 was eventually confiscated and Kennedy fled to NJ, It was from this house that Washington left to address the troops at Fraunces Tavern.

It would appear Watts, Jr. and Kennedy had either joint ownership of the 20 volume set or it was gifted from one to the other. Although Kennedy had a son named Archibald, he spent most, if not all, of his life in Scotland. Watts could have gifted the set to him…Kennedy’s name appears throughout the pages of the book, but oddly, in one case the handwriting of “Arch. Kennedy” seems closer to that of Watts.

Book submission: Amphora: A Collection of Prose and Verse Chosen by the Editor of The Bibelot

Title: Amphora: A Collection of Prose and Verse Chosen by the Editor of The Bibelot
Author: Mosher, Thomas Bird
Publication date: Portland, ME, 1912
Library: B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, LIU Post
Call number: PR1109 .M65
Submitted by: Kathleen Burlingame
This book contains a library bookplate indicating that it was donated by Dr. Harry Kurz as well as a gift dedication on the front flyleaf: “To Grace, in the simplicity of heart to heart and soul to soul, on the birthday of naissant passion, this book is given by Harry. Aug. 13, 1913”

According to the 1920 census, Harry Kurz was born in New York in 1889 to Polish immigrants. He graduated from Columbia University, publishing his thesis in 1916 as European Characters in French Drama of the Eighteenth Century. Harry Kurz married Grace L. Cook (b.1870 or 1875), taught at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois as well as the University of Nebraska and Queens College. He died in New York in 1973.

Book submission: Doc Horne

Title: Doc Horne
Author: Ade, George
Publication date: Chicago and New York: Herbert Stone and Company, 1899
Library: Columbia University (Butler Library)
Call number: 812Ad31 P5
Submitted by: Tara Key
Inscription reads, “From Uncle Paul Edmund Wilson Jr. For Going to Europe May 2d 1908.”
This is a gift from Paul Kimball, Wilson’s mother’s brother. Kimball was a surgeon. Two years after this, Kimball was stricken by a heart attack after a night out with friends.
Wilson kept a diary of this trip to Europe in 1908, and it later appeared as a preamble to his book A Prelude. It was his first trip to Europe.

His unique bookplate is visible as well.

Book submission: P. Ovidi Nasonis Heroides

Title: P. Ovidi Nasonis Heroides
Author: Ovid
Publication date: Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1898
Library: Columbia University (Butler Library)
Call number: 87OR IE98
Submitted by: Tara Key
Signed by H. Darnley Naylor. Inscription reads, ” Ormond College Feb. 1905 (Saved from the wreck of the Orizaba).”

Henry Darnley Naylor was a classicist, mentored by Gilbert Murray. From 1895-1906 he was a lecturer at Ormond College in the University of Melbourne. The ship S. S. Orizaba, a mail carrier, did, indeed, wreck on Five Fathom Bank on approach to Freemantle in February, 1905, striking a reef. All 160 passengers were brought to safety, and the ship broke up and disappeared two years later. It is one of the largest ships to have wrecked in Australian waters.

Seventy-five percent of the pages have painstaking notes and annotations.

There is a secondary stamp on the title page that reads, “R. J. G. Kershaw.” His identity is not known.

Book submission: Poems

Title: Poems
Author: Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Publication date: Boston/New York, 1895
Library: B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library, LIU Post
Call number: PS1624 .A1 1895x
Submitted by: Kathleen Burlingame
This small volume of poetry contains a library bookplate indicating that this was donated by Dr. Harry Kurz as well as an ownership inscription on the front flyleaf: “Grace L. Cook. February 24, 1896. Boston.” It contains marginalia throughout. A 1922 passport application found online indicates that Grace L. Cook was born on August 18, 1870 in Waterloo, Iowa. The form says that she was a housewife married to Harry Kurz, living in Galesburg, Illinois. However, a 1920 census claims that she was born in 1875. Internet searches indicate that she graduated from Wellesley College in 1899, suggesting that she possibly used this poetry volume for her studies there. Her husband was 14-19 years her junior and was a Professor of Romance Languages at Knox College.

Book submission: There Are Crimes and Crimes

Title: There Are Crimes and Crimes
Author: Strindberg, August
Publication date: New Yok, 1912
Library: Boston Public Library
Call number:
Submitted by: griffinfa
There are not a lot of clues about the previous owners of this book, however there is a name penciled in at the beginning and some numbers written in the back. Also, I found an odd looking imprint of something that was once in between the cover and first page of this book.; possibly a string or maybe a twig of some sort?

Book submission: The Blue Bird

Title: The Blue Bird
Author: Maeterlinck, Maurice
Publication date: U.S.A., 1911
Library: Boston Public Library–Main Branch
Call number:
Submitted by: Becca Govoni
The list of characters in the play has been marked up in ink. Many of the character names are marked with an x, possibly

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signifying its absence from a particular production of the play. The printed brackets surrounding small groups of names are also joined by ink brackets that may reference a director’s notes on the ensemble. There seems to be a word written next to “The Bull” that may read “Xeus”. The initials “AR” are written next to “Bread”, possibly referencing a designated actor for the character.

Book submission: Letters of Susan Hale

Title: Letters of Susan Hale
Author: Atkinson, Caroline P.
Publication date: Boston, 1919
Library: Boston Public Library–Main Branch
Call number:
Submitted by: Becca Govoni
The inscription written inside the front page of the book seems to read:
“To Ms(?) M. D.,
With the love of her friend
Ms(?) L.C.
June 13, 1919.”
Next to the ink inscription above is written a small “2007” in pencil.
The book was likely bought as a gift soon after its second printing in 1919. Given that Susan Hale was a popular Boston based author and artist, I suspect that the book was a gift from a Boston based woman to her close friend.

Book submission: Varied Types

Title: Varied Types
Author: G.K. Chesterton
Publication date: New York, 1905
Library: Boston Public Library
Call number:
Submitted by: Gaciru
The books seems to have been a part of someone’s private collection as there is writing in the margins of one of the pages. There is also a significant amount of writing following the end of a chapter. From what is legible, it seems that the reader was developing or mulling on certain themes or ideas.

There is also a notation on the first page: “December 10, 1943: Anonymous” This could be evidence that the book was anonymously donated and integrated into the library’s collection on that day.