Book submission: Novels and Tales Volume 3

Title: Novels and Tales Volume 3
Author: Maria Edgeworth
Publication date: New York, 1847
Library: Sojourner Truth Library, SUNY New Paltz
Call number: PR 4640.E46 v.3
Submitted by: Zach Pollock
This collection of stories (this example is volume 3) appears to have been given as a gift to an “M.R. Fisher” (no records can be found) for Christmas in 1849. It’s possible that this person was a fan of Edgeworth’s writing and was given the set in honor of Edgeworth who passed in May of that year. The book is in very rough shape, the pages are barely held together, the pages contain many coffee stains and a smear from a substance of some sort.

Book submission: Standard English Poems: Spenser to Tennyson

Title: Standard English Poems: Spenser to Tennyson
Author: Pancoast, Henry S.
Publication date: New York, 1899
Library: Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz
Call number: PR1175 .P35
Submitted by: Christina Daube
– Pasted into the inside cover are an introduction to a poem by Miss Anna Bartlett Warner and the poem itself, which begins, “It seems so strange to think of days when I shall not be here…” Both excerpts appear to be typewritten.

– On the opposite page, the name Amy L. Abel is written in ink, along with a small “’10.”

– Two quotes from James R. Lowell’s “The Present Crisis” are written on the next page:

“Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide
In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil

Some great cause, God’s new Messiah, offering each the bloom or blight,
Parts the goats upon the left hand, and the sheep upon the right
And the choice goes on forever, ‘twixt that darkness and that light.”

“Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown,
Standeth God within that shadow, keeping watch above his own.”

– A quote from Rudyard Kipling’s “When Earth’s Last Picture is Painted” is written on the third to last page:

“When Earth’s last picture is painted and the tubes are twisted and dried
When the oldest colors have faded and the youngest critic has died
We shall rest, and faith, we shall need it – lie down for an aeon or two
Till the Master of all good workmen shall put us to work anew
And only the Master shall praise us, and only the Master shall blame:
And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame
But each for the joy of the working and each, in his separate star,
Shall draw the thing as he sees it for the God of things as they are!”

– A quote by Samuel Johnson is written on the back of the previous page:

“A book should either help us to enjoy life or endure it.”

– The Johnson quote is followed by one by Agnes Repplier:

“Character, not intellect, ensures victory in the long, hard battle of life and is the open sesame to our tired hearts.”

– The war poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae is inscribed on the opposite page, and continues onto the next:

“In Flanders fields, the poppies blow,
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scare heard amidst the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe!
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch. Be yours to lift it high!
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, tho poppies blow
In Flanders fields.”

– Beneath the poem is a description of the author:

“Lieut. Col. John McCrea, a physician in Canada before the war. While serving in the second battle of Ypres an inspiration to write came.”

Book submission: Novels and Tales Vol. 10

Title: Novels and Tales Vol. 10
Author: Edgeworth, Maria
Publication date: Harper & Brothers at 82 Cliff Street, New York / 1846
Library: Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz
Call number: PR4640.E46
Submitted by: Kristen Warfield
This novel has the message “M.R. Fisher Christmas 1849” written in pen on the first page behind the front cover. The ink bleeds through the page and is visible on the backhand side of it. No other marginalia was found within the book. I can assume that this was either given as a gift to this person, or they were giving it away to someone else. The book has a horribly musty smell and it appears that the pages are quite damaged.

Book submission: The Spoilers

Title: The Spoilers
Author: Beach, Rex
Publication date: New York, 1906
Library: Sojourner Truth Library, New Paltz, NY
Call number: PS 3503 .E1135 S6 1905
Submitted by: Maria Hutman
In the book The Spoilers by Rex E. Beach, I discovered a clipping from a newspaper or magazine that was pasted to the first page of the book. The clipping consisted of an advertisement for the play adaptation of the book The Spoilers. Unfortunately, the clipping does not provide a year, just the fact that it was going to start on a Monday night on November 5th and would be shown for two weeks. There was also a picture of the what seems to be the author, Rex E. Beach. In the second instance of marginalia that I found in this particular book, I discovered a little piece of paper that was cut and pasted to the first page of the first chapter. It stated, “Very truly yours, Rex E. Beach”. It seems that it was maybe from a letter written from him to someone and the receiver cut out his signature and put it in the book.

Book submission: The Plays of Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Title: The Plays of Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Author: Sheridan, Richard Brinsley
Publication date: New York, 1908
Library: Sojourner Truth Library, SUNY New Paltz
Call number: PR3680 .A2 1908
Submitted by: Brian Howley
There is marginalia found in several locations throughout this book, although underlining with pencil is the most common form. In addition, there are comments about passages in the margins, also in pencil, and evidence of some type of spill (coffee or other liquid).

Book submission: A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith

Title: A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith
Author: Holland, Saba
Publication date: London, 1855
Library: Sojourner Truth Library
Call number: PR 5458 .A3
Submitted by: Christine Wohltjen
In a copy of A Memoir of The Reverend Sydney Smith, I found the signature of what looks like the name “Olive B. Sarry” (spelling may be incorrect) written in fountain pen. This was probably the original owner of the book, but after doing some research I could not find any significant information about this person. There are also several inserts scattered through the book. These are probably from a more recent owner of this book, and they are all newspaper articles pertaining to Sydney Smith. One of these is from The Times Literary Supplement, a weekly literary review published in London, that is from February 24, 1945.

Book submission: Merry Tales

Title: Merry Tales
Author: Twain, Mark
Publication date: New York, 1892
Library: State University of New York at New Paltz
Call number: PS 1322 .M4 1892
Submitted by: Emily DeFranco
This book seems to have been given from one person to another as a going away of farewell present. There is a note in the blank pages in the beginning of the book that says “For Ada B. Richardiore from her friend Annie M. Amred. ‘Bon Voyage’–April 30. 1892”

Book submission: The Ancient Classical Drama

Title: The Ancient Classical Drama
Author: MOULTON, Richard G.
Publication date: London, Edinburgh, New York, 1898
Library: Sojourner Trith Library – SUNY New Paltz
Call number: PA3024.M6
Submitted by: Raisa Lassance Chiarelli
(1) . Song of Solomon 2.11-13 (page 7)

(2). ___aigh says [th]ere no [e]vidence for [su]ch recitations? (page 14)

(3). Aesch. Ag. (page 87) (It means: The reader thought that the fragment of Alcestis sounded like a play from Agamemnon, a play from Aeschylus. Indeed, on the next page the author compares the two plays.)

(4). ____ I took from this page PLUS page 97! (pages 96, 97)

1(1). ll.36 + 37 (pages 150, 151) (It means: line number 36 + 37 / the reader relates the fragment to another on page 82)

Book submission: The Philosophy of Carlyle

Title: The Philosophy of Carlyle
Author: Edwin D. Mead
Publication date: Boston, 1881
Library: Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz
Call number: PR4434 .M4
Submitted by: Lauren Gao
Found on pages 31, 32, 33, 38, and 44.
Various book notes about the text itself and traits of the people the text mentions. Handwriting closest to Palmer style cursive.

pg31: “Lowell attributes his cynicism to the dominance of the sense of humor over all others”
pg32: unable to read
pg33: “Carlyle’s cynicism due to his ____ ailment”
pg38: “Carlyle was not a pessimist”
pg44: unable to read

Book submission: Representative English Literature: From Chaucer to Tennyson

Title: Representative English Literature: From Chaucer to Tennyson
Author: Pancoast, Henry S.
Publication date: New York, 1895
Library: Sojourner Truth Library SUNY New Paltz
Call number: PR 85.P35
Submitted by: Hannah Phillips
This book belonged to Adèle Duryée, who signed her name in it. Based on the nature of the book, and given the Henry Holt and Company publishing, it is fair to assume that Duryée used the book in a scholarly manner. Some pages include notes on the text, underlines, arrows, and in at least two instances, written week dates (presumably used to track reading assignments). Her writing is in pencil. The book was rebound at some point in Buffalo, NY. It has been in the SUNY New Paltz collection for as far back as when the institution was called a “Teachers College.”

Book submission: Edgar Allan Poe: His Life, Letters, and Opinions

Title: Edgar Allan Poe: His Life, Letters, and Opinions
Author: Ingram, John H.
Publication date: London, 1880
Library: Alderman Library, University of Virginia
Call number: PS2631 .I6 1880 V.1
Submitted by: Andrew Stauffer
In the first volume of this late-nineteenth century biography of Poe, William Gordon McCabe has written the following marginal note:

“My father — Revd. Jno. Collins McCabe — who was then a young man, a contributor to the /Messenger/ & an intimate of Poe’s, once told me that he said one day to Poe — ‘Poe, Mr. White is greatly hurt at you having spoken unkindly of him.’ ‘McCabe,’ said Poe warmly, ‘I never said a word against Mr. White in my life.’ ‘Did you never say he was a fool?’ ‘Oh!,’ said Poe with a relieved air, ‘I did say that he was a d—-d fool, but Mr. White can’t object to that — every body knows it.’ W. Gordon McCabe. March 26th. 1882.”

Book submission: Treasure Island

Title: Treasure Island
Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis
Publication date: New York : Longmans’ Green, 1921.
Library: Alderman Library, University of Virginia
Call number: PZ7 .S848T 1921
Submitted by: Jeff Hill
Writing in front endpapers.

Appears to read:

This book belongs to
L.A. Macon Jr.
10 Wall St
The Forest School
you know what you are if you swipe this book

(and then, in a different hand):

you are a dam good man if you swipe this
E. H. Frye

(Horses???) is the dumbell
of Orange. But he
is adamgoodboy.

“The Forest School” is almost certainly Woodberry Forest, a boarding school in Orange, Virginia.