Book submission: Anticipations of the Future, to Serve as Lessons for the Present Time

Title: Anticipations of the Future, to Serve as Lessons for the Present Time
Author: Ruffin, Edmund
Publication date: Richmond, VA: J.W. Randolph, 1860
Library: Linderman Library, Lehigh University
Call number: 973.68 R92a
Submitted by: Annie Johnson
Description:
Edmund Ruffin was a slaveholder and secessionist from Virginia. Ruffin’s racist novel predicts the coming Civil War, but in Ruffin’s vision, the South wins. One anonymous reader of this book registered his or her distaste with Ruffin’s ideas by writing responses to the text in pencil throughout. On the title page, the reader wrote, “the text book of instruction for secessionists.” On the contents page the reader continues, “This book looks as if written by Beverly Tucker, author of the Partisan Leader—published years ago to instruct and prepare the Southern heart for its desolations truly merited, richly deserved.” (Nathaniel Beverley Tucker published the The Partisan Leader in 1836. Like Ruffin’s work, it also predicted a war between the North and South). When Ruffin refers to slavery, the reader writes, “good thing it is abolished.” In yet another section the reader comments, “We thought you were chivalrous—your chivalry showed itself at Andersonville.”

Book submission: The Comedies of William Congreve

Title: The Comedies of William Congreve
Author: Congreve, William
Publication date: London: Methuen, 1895
Library: Linderman Library, Lehigh University
Call number: 828.3 C749 v.1
Submitted by: Annie Johnson

Description:
Bookplate of William Tolerton.

Book submission: Quentin Durward

Title: Quentin Durward
Author: Scott, Walter, Sir
Publication date: New York: E.P. Dutton, 1911
Library: Linderman Library, Lehigh University
Call number: 828.4 S431Q 1911
Submitted by: Annie Johnson
Description:
The original owner of this book, former Lehigh University Professor of English S. Blaine Ewing, notes that he read this book on a Canadian auto trip with his cousin Frank in 1927.

Book submission: Trees and Other Poems

Title: Trees and Other Poems
Author: Kilmer, Joyce
Publication date: New York: George H. Doran, 1914
Library: Linderman Library, Lehigh University
Call number: 818.5 K48t
Submitted by: Annie Johnson
Description:
This book includes clippings about Kilmer. It was donated by Kilmer’s mother, Annie Kilburn Kilmer.

Book submission: O Pioneers!

Title: O Pioneers!
Author: Cather, Willa
Publication date: Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1913
Library: Linderman Library, Lehigh University
Call number: 818.5 c363o 1913
Submitted by: Annie Johnson
Description:
This book features a bookplate from the War Service Library, which means that some of its first readers were soldiers and sailors.

Book submission: The Works of Oscar Wilde: A Critic in Pall Mall

Title: The Works of Oscar Wilde: A Critic in Pall Mall
Author: Wilde, Oscar
Publication date: New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1900
Library: Linderman Library, Lehigh University
Call number: 828.4 W672c 1900
Submitted by: Annie Johnson
Description:
“To Carl Strauch who knows as well as I what in this book is true and what is Wilde.” Strauch was a Professor of English at Lehigh. He was born in 1908, which means this book was likely given to him many decades after it was published.

Book submission: The Waif: A Collection of Poems

Title: The Waif: A Collection of Poems
Author: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Publication date: Cambridge: John Owen, 1845
Library: Linderman Library, Lehigh University
Call number: 821.08 L853w
Submitted by: Annie Johnson
Description:
Inscribed from A.J.H. Duganne (Augustine Joseph Hickey), a novelist, poet, and Civil War Veteran, to T.B. Read. T.B. Read was probably Thomas Buchanan Read, a poet and painter. Interestingly enough, Read painted a portrait of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1859.

Book submission: At the Sign of the Dollar

Title: At the Sign of the Dollar
Author: Irwin, Wallace
Publication date: New York: Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor, 1873
Library: Linderman Library, Lehigh University
Call number: 448 L269p
Submitted

by: Annie Johnson
Description:

Book submission: Fighting Quakers: The True Story of the War for Our Union

Title: Fighting Quakers: The True Story of the War for Our Union
Author: Duganne, A.J.H.
Publication date: New York: J.P. Robens, 1866
Library: Linderman Library, Lehigh University
Call number: 973.78 D866f
Submitted by: Annie Johnson
Description:
Includes inscription of John R. Bartlett, perhaps John Russell Bartlett, the famous bookseller and librarian. Also includes an insert from the publisher, which tells us that this was a subscription book sold by Civil War veterans.