Book submission: La Gerusalemme liberata (vols. 1 & 2)

Title: La Gerusalemme liberata (vols. 1 & 2)
Author: Tasso, Torquato
Publication date: Parigi, F. Didot, 1819
Library: Williston Memorial Library, Mount Holyoke College
Call number: 36Y T18g 2
Submitted by: S. Mulligan
Description:
Vol. 1, Title page: “Mark all _ you consider beautiful either for sentiment or language.”
Vol. 1, p. 74: (trans. Ital.-Eng.) “The shivers fly up.”
Vol. 1, last Fly Sheet: drawing, Greek symbols, initials (?)
Vols. 1 & 2: intact deckle edges (Vol. 2, p. 69 below)
Vols. 1 & 2: reader notes where stopped/started by date (Vol. 2, p. 94 below, “April 15th: Did not read for a _ for tonight in be-ginning of April.”)
Vols. 1 & 2: beautiful hand marbled End Sheets

Book submission: The Uncollected Poetry and Prose of Walt Whitman

Title: The Uncollected Poetry and Prose of Walt Whitman
Author: Walt Whitman
Publication date: New York, 1921
Library: Butler Library at Columbia University
Call number: PS 3200.F21
Submitted by: Joseph Campo
Description:
2 Volume book of poetry by Walt Whitman which was collected and edited by Emory Holloway. Originally in the library of a W. R. Shepherd, donated in May 1945. Various passages are underlined and annotated. One page has a math problem done in the margins, others have small notes about the footnotes. The index has checks on items.

Book submission: An Autobiography: A Record of Fifty Years of the Professional Life of the Late William Creswick

Title: An Autobiography: A Record of Fifty Years of the Professional Life of the Late William Creswick
Author: Creswick, William
Publication date: London, est. 1889
Library: Butler Stacks (Columbia)
Call number: 825.1289 C865
Submitted by: Jessica Li
Description:
Short inscription on the flyleaf that appears to read “To [. . ,] In rememberance of an old and faithful friend with the kindest regards of [. . .] Creswick”. Title page annotated with “1813 – 1888”, the lifespan of William Creswick. Presumably given as a gift by a relative of the author.

Book submission: Memorials of Hon. Ion Keith-Falconer, M.A.

Title: Memorials of Hon. Ion Keith-Falconer, M.A.
Author: Sinker, Robert (Rev.)
Publication date: London, 1890
Library: Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts
Call number: DS 33F 18S (Cutter Classification)
Submitted by: Jane Chlastawa
Description:
Upon examination of the signature, we could tell it was not printed but signed by the subject, as you could feel the impression on the page, left by the writing instrument.

Book submission: Valérie

Title: Valérie
Author: Krüdener, Barbara von
Publication date: Paris, 1878
Library: Butler Library
Call number: PQ 2320.K8 V3 1878
Submitted by: Cameron Molis
Description:
From the library of Marguerite Mespoulet

The first image is of writing found on the first recto after the cover (which is a soft paper cover).
The notes provide the birth and death year of the author Barbara von Krüdener and includes some quick bibliographic facts such as, “m. at 18”, the date of publication of the book, “1803”, and a note that, “[Barbara] is herself the heroine (somewhat veiled).”

Under this main block of text, she also mentions that Barbara was great friends of Czar Alex I.

The second image is found on the last recto before the back cover.

Here, the writer of the notes lists three of the characters from the book, and then provides a few page numbers with basic descriptions of what is on those pages. For example, the notes make mention of page 164 and first simply say, “The portrait by Angelica”, but then elaborates by making reference to the portrait she is talking about which is called “Baroness von Krudener and her Son Paul” and resides at Le Louvre.

The third image is an ownership inscription on the seventh verso.

The fourth image shows a part of the cover which bears the mark of a bookbinder from Philadelphia, Henry N. Yerger, and includes the line, “Patented April 2D, 1912”.

Book submission: Poems by Hartley Coleridge With a Memoir of his Life by his Brother in Two Volumes: Volume I

Title: Poems by Hartley Coleridge With a Memoir of his Life by his Brother in Two Volumes: Volume I
Author: Coleridge, Hartley
Publication date: London, 1851
Library: Butler Library, Columbia University in the City of New York
Call number: 825C673 L
Submitted by: Nathan Levine
Description:
Contains various marginalia, including the diagram of the rhyme scheme of several sonnets.

Book submission: Refranes o proverbios en castellano … Revistos y enmendados por Luis de Leon.

Title: Refranes o proverbios en castellano … Revistos y enmendados por Luis de Leon.
Author: Núñez, Hernán
Publication date: Madrid, M. Repullés, 1804
Library: Butler Library, Columbia University
Call number: 809.846 N922
Submitted by: Simon Fox
Description:
Note dated 1876 facing title page in first volume. Script difficult to read, assumed to be gift inscription.

Owner inscription on top right of title page of each volume, I-III. Date 1878 under owner’s name only in first volume.
Inscription: “S. A. Binion, M.D. 1878.”

Book submission: The Civil Engineer’s Pocket-book

Title: The Civil Engineer’s Pocket-book
Author: Trautwine, John
Publication date: Philadelphia, 1876
Library: University of Virginia
Call number: TA151 .T77 1876
Submitted by: Maggie Whalen
Description:
If you open the front cover of this 19th-century mechanical engineering handbook, you find a flyleaf inscription hinting at the book’s history and its meaning to the donor. The two inscriptions show that the book originally belonged to one R. B. S. Nicolson of Savannah, Georgia, who studied at the University of Virginia during the 1878-79 school term. It was later donated to the University of Virginia Library by the original owner’s brother, John Nicolson, himself a U.Va. graduate.
But if you look deeper in the book, you find the full story. The book was published with a quire of lined paper in the back, apparently meant for engineers to take notes or do calculations. The original owner left the lined paper blank, but his brother filled a page of it with this memorial annotation (transcribed below for easier reading):

New York City April 13th 1912.
It seems a desecration almost for me to write in this book so exclusively associated with my brother–but I am led to look into it for the first time in many, many years this Saturday night, the anniversary of his birth. He was born that memorable day, fifty one years ago, on which the Civil War between the North and the South began–fifty one years ago!! How life is slipping by!
This book is a relic of my brothers first ambitions–viz, to be a civil engineer–and of his course at the University of Virginia to this end. Instead of continuing to this goal, he went into our father’s business in Savannah in 1880, coming however to an early end. He was drowned at Tybee Island Ga. July 10th 1881.
John Nicolson

Intrigued, the Book Traces @ U.Va. team started digging.
Robert Beauregard S. Nicolson (1861-1881), the book’s original owner, was born on April 13, 1861 at White Bluff, near Savannah, GA. He was the eldest son of John Nicolson Sr. (1828-1903), a successful plumber in the Savannah region, and Matilda Hall Nicolson (1832-1893). The day of Robert’s birth marked the first military engagement of the American Civil War, as Union forces surrendered Fort Sumter to the Rebel army just up the Georgia coast.
It is not entirely clear whether John Nicolson Sr., then 34 years of age, subsequently joined the Rebel cause. However, Confederate records reveal that a “John Nicholson” (perhaps a misspelling of the family’s surname) enlisted in the 47th Volunteer Infantry, which recruited from Chatham County, where the Nicolson family resided, in 1861.
On February 14, 1866, the war had come to a close and John Nicolson Jr., author of the book’s memorial annotation, was born in Brooklyn, NY.
Robert attended the University of Virginia between 1877 and 1879, where he studied civil engineering. The 1877-1878 and 1878-1879 Catalogues of Students reveal that Robert took classes in chemistry, mathematics, mineralogy, geology, natural philosophy, and applied mathematics during his time at U.Va.. This text, Trautwine’s Pocket Book, was among the “Books of Reference” required of students in the Civil Engineering program during the 1878-1879 academic year. Robert’s time in Charlottesville was, however, cut short. In 1880, he returned to Savannah to work at his father’s recently expanded plumbing company.
On July 10, 1881, just one year after returning home, Robert drowned at Tybee Island, a popular resort destination near Savannah. A July 13 article in The Macon Telegraph and Messenger details the incident:
The particulars of the sad calamity are as follows: There was a fine surf on, and a large number of persons were in bathing, young Nicolson being out a considerable distance from the others. The tide was running out at the time, and, having ventured beyond the life line, he was rapidly carried off. Realizing his danger, he struggled manfully to regain the life post, but was unsuccessful in consequence of the undertow, and was compelled to cry for help. A young man…heard his cry and gallantly responded.
The story continues, revealing that the young man’s heroic efforts were ultimately fruitless. Robert’s body was swept out to sea and discovered the following evening, a quarter-mile down the beach from where he was last seen. Robert was buried in the Nicolson family’s plot at Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah.
Years later, John Jr. followed his deceased brother’s path to the University of Virginia, where he studied law between 1890 and 1892. The 1891 and 1892 editions of Corks and Curls, U.Va.’s yearbook, reveal that John was a member of the Temperance Union and the Georgia Association, a center on the Law School Football Team, a brother of the Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Psi fraternity, and the Vice President and President of the Young Men’s Christian Association. In 1892, John graduated with a Bachelors of Law, returned to Savannah, and was admitted to the Georgia bar. After practicing law in Savannah for several years, John relocated to his hometown, New York City, in 1897. It is from New York that John eventually inscribed the 1912 remembrance of his brother, Robert, on what would have been his 51st birthday.

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Sources
Corks and Curls Yearbook. Charlottesville: U of Virginia, 1891. Print.
Corks and Curls Yearbook. Charlottesville: U of Virginia, 1892. Print.
“Drowned in the Surf.” The Macon Telegraph and Messenger [Macon] 13 July 1881: 3. America’s Historical Newspapers. Web. 9 Nov. 2015.
“Fort Sumter Surrenders.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 09 Nov. 2015.
Nicolson, John. Sanitary and Heating Age. New York: Sanitary and Heating, 1894. 56. Google Books. University of Michigan, 15 Apr. 2011. Web. 9 Nov. 2015.
Smith, Candace. “Robert B.S. “Beaury” Nicolson.” Find A Grave. N.p., 15 July 2009. Web. 09 Nov. 2015.
Trautwine, John C. The Civil Engineer’s Pocket-book. 10th ed. Philadelphia: Claxton, 1876. Print.
United States. National Park Service. “Soldier Details: Nicholson, John.” National Parks Service. U.S. Department of the Interior, 09 Nov. 2015. Web. 09 Nov. 2015.
Who’s Who in New York City and State. N.p.: L.R. Hamersly, 1911. 704. Google Books. Harvard University, 11 Jan. 2008. Web. 09 Nov. 2015.

Book submission: The Kinship of Nature

Title: The Kinship of Nature
Author: Carman, Bliss
Publication date: Boston, 1903
Library: Williston Memorial Library, Mount Holyoke College
Call number: 83YE C211k
Submitted by: Rachael Smith
Description:
Handwritten call number tag in Cutter Expansive Classification.

Personal bookplate inside front cover indicating original ownership by Edward Murray LaPenotiere. “No 43” written on bookplate.

Gift Inscription on flyleaf reads:
“To my dear friend Mrs. J. C. Hall.
In grateful remembrance of happy hours, furnished by her loving thoughts in the closing days of the life of my Beloved.
Emma M. LaPenotiere
Minneapolis
Nov. 12 1912.”