Book submission: A Handbook of Practical Astronomy for University Students and Engineers

Title: A Handbook of Practical Astronomy for University Students and Engineers
Author: Campbell, W. W.
Publication date: Ann Arbor, 1891
Library: Williston Memorial Library, Mount Holyoke College
Call number: LX C15
Submitted by: Rachael Smith
Description:
Book plate indicates original location in campus observatory library.

Notes in pencil throughout book.

Book submission: The Emerson Birthday Book

Title: The Emerson Birthday Book
Author: Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Publication date: Boston, 1881
Library: Williston Memorial Library, Mount Holyoke College
Call number: 83YE Em34em
Submitted by: Rachael Smith
Description:
Gift book plate indicates donation to Williston Memorial Library by Dorothy Foster.

Gift inscription in pencil reads: “Genevieve S. Foster from Carrie.”

Over a dozen birth and death dates entered into book by owner(s).

Book submission: The Winning Lady and Others

Title: The Winning Lady and Others
Author: Freeman, Mary E. Wilkins
Publication date: New York, 1909
Library: Williston Memorial Library, Mount Holyoke College
Call number: 83YE W656w
Submitted by: Rachael Smith
Description:
Handwritten call number tag in Cutter Expansive Classification.

Notes in pencil at the back of the book read: “Intense desire to preserve innocence. One woman against community. Nurturance & protection. Male world & what it holds.”

Illustration titled ” ‘Men is different,’ said Sally Jinks” has come loose from binding and is inserted at back of book. There is a second copy of this book in the collection; the same image is loose and has been reinserted out of page # order.

Book submission: Religio Grammatici: The Religion Of A Man Of Letters

Title: Religio Grammatici: The Religion Of A Man Of Letters
Author: Murray, Gilbert
Publication date: Cambridge, 1918
Library: Grove City College Henry Buhl Library
Call number: PA3004.M81918
Submitted by: Zachary McClelland
Description:
The book is in excellent condition considering its age. There are hardly any markings within the pages of the work. On the cover there is a simple, gold-toned reflector, reminiscent of a looking glass, upon which is written the Latin title. There are two small illustrations within the text: the first is the “tout bien ou rien” emblem of Riverside Press, which translates to “everything well done, or nothing attempted,” the second, found at the start of the text, is an arrangement of a simple, classical stage with the sliver of a moon, and one cloud in the background. Interestingly, it was published at the end of World War I, during which the publishing company faced many production conflicts. It regards the man of letters during a time when everyone was much more familiar with the man of war.

Book submission: Songs of Kabir

Title: Songs of Kabir
Author: Rabindranath, Tagore
Publication date: New York, 1915
Library: Henry Buhl Library of Grove City College
Call number: PK 1968.K23 1915
Submitted by: Amy Warshaw
Description:
Songs of Kabir is a translation by Rabindranath Tagore of the poems of the Indian mysticist Kabir. On the inside cover, the book bears the inscription of its original owner, Alexander T. Orsmond. The inscription is dated April 17th, 1915.

Interestingly enough, the book appears to have been in Buhl Library for quite some time. In the back cover, there is a card detailing the library rules that is brown with age, and which has left an imprint on the other side of the page. The card states seemingly outdated rules, such as limiting amount of books taken by each visitor to one. It also mentions a fine of “two cents a day” if the book is kept overtime–a seemingly insiginant number within the context of today.

Book submission: Ceremonies Attending the Unveiling of the Statue of Benjamin Franklin, June 14 1899

Title: Ceremonies Attending the Unveiling of the Statue of Benjamin Franklin, June 14 1899
Author: Strawbridge, Justus C.
Publication date: Philadelphia, 1899
Library: Henry Buhl Library
Call number: E 302.6 C4 1899
Submitted by: Tyler Brown
Description:
Cover is Brown, faded. Gold imprint of the Statue on front cover, title imprinted on spine in same gold. Date stamped: g. of Grove City College 11.11. 01, Some writing, staring, and underlining by unknown readers. First two pages loose, one apparently used as scrap paper for a math problem.

Book submission: The American Conflict

Title: The American Conflict
Author: Greeley, Horace
Publication date: Hartford, 1864
Library: Henry Buhl Library of Grove City College
Call number: E 468 .G78 1864 v.1
Submitted by: Charity A. Manwaring
Description:
Written at the end of the conflict itself, this history book records the causes, incidents, and results of the American Civil War. The pages are foxed and some have minimal mark up in the margins. Few pages have notes and numbers, which seem to be for categorizing purposes. Miscellaneous stains can also be found throughout the book resembling slight mold, rips, dirt, and food. The dirt stain on page 433 seems to indicate traces of a finger print. There is also a map of the southeastern part of the United States in the inside of the back cover.

Book submission: Corneille’s Le Cid

Title: Corneille’s Le Cid
Author: Corneille
Publication date: Boston, 1895
Library: Henry Buhl Library of Grove City College
Call number: PQ 1749 .A2 W3 1895
Submitted by: M.G. Leone
Description:
Edited with Notes and Vocabulary by F.M. Warren. The text of Le Cid is written as a play in acts, completely in French. There is underlining throughout the text, as well as notes. “College Library, Grove City College, Grove City, PA.” is embossed on several pages. There is damage on the outside of the book, on the spine and top front, perhaps from too much exposure to the sun.

Book submission: My Reminiscences

Title: My Reminiscences
Author: Tagore, Rabindranath
Publication date: London, 1921
Library: Henry Buhl Library, Grove City College, Grove City, PA
Call number: PK 1725.A8
Submitted by: Julia Connors
Description:
This memoir details the life of the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore, the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. The work is translated to English by an unnamed personal friend.

This particular copy is inscribed by the owner: Josephine B. Stiefel, Paris, 1922

The plate in the front cover records that the same owner donated the book to the college library in memory of Ralph C. and Mary Bowen Stiefel, likely her parents. This page also includes a price and a few numbers written in pencil.

Throughout the book, there are a few pencil markings; a few sentences are underlined, and a few paragraphs are marked down the side.

About half-way through the book, there is a bookmark from a British insurance company, possibly picked on the same trip during which the book was bought.

Book submission: Sketches in Crude-Oil: Some Accidents and Incidents of the Petroleum Development in all Parts of the Globe

Title: Sketches in Crude-Oil: Some Accidents and Incidents of the Petroleum Development in all Parts of the Globe
Author: McLaurin, John J.
Publication date: Harrisburg, 1898
Library: Henry Buhl Library
Call number: TN870 .M18 1898
Submitted by: Alicia Pollard
Description:
(1) This book bears the mark of at least three different kinds of ink: perhaps they memorialize three readers with different pens, or a single reader in a house full of ink spills. The first pen writes with green ink; accidentally on page viii, then intentionally captioning the illustration on pg. 26. This green ink reader obviously had some knowledge of the area to know where the previously uncaptioned picture was taken, and when: Oil City, 1867 (31 years before the book was published – was this note written by a town native?).
(2) The second kind of ink is bright pink, stamped on pages 333 and 335 (seemingly accidentally) with the smudged prints of a right thumb. This reader may have been using a library copy, since this pen made no personal notes or underlining – just stains.
(3) The third kind of ink marking the book looks intentional, but cryptic: a dark blue pen which puts a mark in the margins of page 263. This mark looks like a sideways L or a right angle and is duplicated beside the second paragraph of the page. The markings suggest both these paragraphs (which deal with the same story) were important – but not important enough for a full note.
(4) Sketches in Crude-Oil has survived the century since its publication fairly well, with some splotches as well as water stains permeating the edges and the last pages. It seems to have served mostly right-handed readers: most markings occur on the right-hand pages, and faint right thumbprints occur on pages 163, 179, and 235 (with natural oil, not pink ink this time, though they may be from the same reader).
(5) This copy also bears the marks of some mild “reader accidents” – some sticky substance which tore away some text on pages 264-65, stains like the one on page 331, and markings such as those on 231.
(6) Another reader accident on pg. 423 is a smear of black ink: my imagination at least attributes this one to a typewriter, since the streaks don’t look like those of a stray pen.

Book submission: The Story of Perugia

Title: The Story of Perugia
Author: Symods, Margaret and Lina Duff Gordon
Publication date: London, 1908
Library: Henry Buhl Library
Call number: DG 975.P4S9 1908
Submitted by: Karen Greennagel
Description:
Written as a guidebook for travelers, this book tells the story of Perugia, a small town in central Italy.

The front cover, spine, and top edge are gilded with gold. Upon opening the book, there is a note that states:

“Carnegie Library
of
Grove City College
Grove City, Pa.
Gift of
J.C. Downs
Class 937.4 Book S98
Accession 46254”

On the facing page is the name “Mrs. F. A. Roath” written in pencil. In the margin of first page of the preface, a note reads “Gift. June 1948” and at the bottom of the same page, the number “46254,” which is the accession number from the note on the back of the front cover. Several pages throughout the book are stamped (by impression, not with ink):

“Carnegie Library
Grove City College
Grove City, PA.”

A folded map of Perugia, seemingly included with the purchase of the book, was tucked between the last pages.

Book submission: Songs of Kabir

Title: Songs of Kabir
Author: Tagore, Rabindranath
Publication date: New York, 1915
Library: Henry Buhl Library
Call number: PK1968.K23 1915
Submitted by: Danny Wendland
Description:
On the cover is a strange image that looks like a blend of flowery vegetation and striated muscle.

The first page bears the following inscription:
“Alexander T. Osmond
April 17th 1915”
The lines and curves of the writing vary between fine and bold, suggesting they were written in fountain pen.

A couple pages are stamped (impressed, not inked) with “Carnegie Free Public Library Grove City, PA”

Book submission: American Men of Letters: Margaret Ossoli Fuller

Title: American Men of Letters: Margaret Ossoli Fuller
Author: Higginson, Thomas Wentworth
Publication date: Cambridge, 1893
Library: Henry Buhl Library, Grove City College
Call number: PS2506.H51893
Submitted by: Molly Wicker
Description:
The book, entitled American Men of Letters: Margaret Fuller Ossoli, appeared at first glance to be a volume in a series, based on the subtitle, “edited by Charles Dudley Warner.” Upon further research, my original suspicion was confirmed when I found out that the book is just one in a series of twenty-two critical biographies “illustrating the social, political, and moral influences” upon the writers they profile. Published between 1881 and 1904, the series was edited by Charles Dudley Warner, who contributed the first volume, Washington Irving. Other authors and subjects included Ralph Waldo Emerson, written by Oliver Wendell Holmes and James Fenimore Cooper by Thomas Lounsbury.

Book submission: The Soul of Pierre

Title: The Soul of Pierre
Author: Georges Ohnet
Publication date: Rahway, 1890
Library: Henry Buhl Library
Call number: PQ2378.O3A731890
Submitted by: Margaret F. Baker
Description:
The Soul of Pierre is a novel translated from French into English by Mary J. Serrano. There are 62 interesting illustrations in the work. The binding is sewn and there is gold on the tops of the page-edges. The paper appears to be of good quality as it is un-yellowed still. The cover and the illustrations are perhaps the most attractive part of the book, but there is also an interesting inscription. It reads: “Henry and Nell / from / George X Wittmar (?) / Christmas / 1890.” “85-2878g” also appears twice throughout the book. There is a pasted-in dedication of the book that reads “Henry Buhl Library / Grove City College / Grove City, PA / In Memory of / Alexander R. Burnett, ’74 / Presented by / Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Burnett.”

Book submission: William Earnest Henley

Title: William Earnest Henley
Author: Cornford, Cope
Publication date: Boston and New York, 1913
Library: Henry Buhl Library
Call number: PR4784.C6
Submitted by: Maddie Lytle
Description:
This little book about poet and critic, William Ernest Henley, was in my college library at Grove City College. The book is filled with the underlining of certain words and sentences as well as the names of multiple poets, writers, and places in the bottom marginalia of a few pages. There is also an address located somewhere in Grove City, Pa written in what seems to be black crayon when you first open the book.

Book submission: Penrod & Sam

Title: Penrod & Sam
Author: Tarkington, Booth
Publication date: New York City, 1916
Library: Sojourner Truth Library, New Paltz, NY
Call number:
Submitted by: Johanna Turano
Description:
The notes written in the book aren’t actually related to the story at all, instead it looks as if someone was doing last minute math homework on the beginning page of the book. I hope they got the right answer.