Category Archives: Books

Book submission: The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson

Title: The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson
Author: Tennyson, Alfred
Publication date: Boston, 1858
Library: Alderman Library
Call number: PR5550 1858
Submitted by: Christina Sohn
Inscription “Miss Jennie P.H. Osborne” on title page

Footnote on p. 60: “Mine eyes are full of tears, my heart of grief. Part II. Henry vi-ii-3.”

Footnote on p. 79: ” ‘And to be noble, we’ll be good.’ Winifred — in Percy’s Reliques”

Footnotes on p. 125 from Percy and Southey

Book submission: The spirit messenger

Title: The spirit messenger
Author: [s.n.]
Publication date: [New York, N.Y.? : R.P. Ambler]
Library: Rare Book Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Call number: BF1283.H3 K3913 1845
Submitted by: Claudia Funke
This bibliographic item has three objects laid in: a photograph of an unnamed female, a ticket “admit bearer”, and a scrap of paper with doodles. It is one of three nineteenth-century spiritualist works bound together in a volume with the spine title “Celestial Gems.” See the catalog records:

The volume was discussed in a post last year on the Chapel Hill Rare Book Blog:

Book submission: Chinese Porcelain

Title: Chinese Porcelain
Author: Gulland, W. G.
Publication date: London, 1899
Library: Walters Art Museum Research Library (general stacks)
Call number: F72 / 3 / G97
Submitted by: Diane Bockrath
Book with binder’s note tucked inside:

Please bind in 1/2
green morocco, gilt top–
other edges rasped
Letter on back

Chinese Porcelain
W.G. Gulland
London 1899

Jos. Ruzieaka [Ruzicka]
106 Clay Street

Bind strongly. leaves & plates
well secured
for Walters Gallery
May 9, 1913

Book submission: Nova Testamentum

Title: Nova Testamentum
Author: Leaden, Johannesburg
Publication date: Philadelphia, 1806
Library: Alderman Library, University of Virginia
Call number: BS1965 1806
Submitted by: Shaunna Hunter
Description: Ownership inscriptions of Gessner Harrison (1807- 1862) and his son Peachy Rush Harrison (b.1839), with rubbings of coins dated 1781, pencil notes, and other markings. Gessner Harrison was the fifth student to enroll at the University of Virginia and went on to become a professor of ancient languages there. More here

Book submission: The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll

Title: The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll
Author: Ingersoll, Robert
Publication date: New York, 1929
Library: Alderman Library, University of Virginia
Call number: AC8.I6 1929 V.1
Submitted by: David Grant Smith
Volume one of the Dresden Memorial Edition of Robert G. Ingersoll’s works. Cancelled check, signed by Ingersoll, tipped in. Made out to Drake Parker & Co. for $170 on October 20, 1891.

Book submission: Macdonald College Magazine

Title: Macdonald College Magazine

Author: Macdonald College.
Publication date: Ste Anne de Bellevue : Macdonald College, 1911-1932.
Library: McGill University Library
Call number:
Submitted by: Sarah Severson
Flowers found in the pages of the Macdonald College Magazine – volume XII, No.4, April-May 1920. p. 236 – 237.

Book submission: Reminiscences of General Basil W. Duke, C. S. A.

Title: Reminiscences of General Basil W. Duke, C. S. A.
Author: Duke, Basil Wilson
Publication date: Garden City, 1911
Library: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Call number: E470 .D89 1911
Submitted by: Steve Cox
Personal account of Confederate General Basil W. Duke and his Civil War experiences. Duke was also the brother-in-law of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan. This book is part of a collection of books given the university in the early 1950s by a local collector of Southern imprints, and who was noted for inserting items in her books, such as news clippings, letters, notes. Included in this is a carte de visite, pasted in of John Hunt Morgan, and tipped in the back is a 1916 letter written by General Duke to Chattanooga attorney, Charles McGuffey (nephew of McGuffey Readers William Holmes McGuffey, giving a second-hand account of the death of General Morgan. Unfortunately, the book was processed back in the day before rare and valuable books got any special treatment.

Book submission: Poems by a Collegian

Title: Poems by a Collegian
Author: Anonymous
Publication date: Charlottesville, 1833
Library: Alderman Library, University of Virginia
Call number:
Submitted by: Brandon Walsh
Inscription Inside Cover:
John Staige, John Staige Davises books novbr 20th

Inscription Inside Back Cover:
I own this book
est meum
touch not this mine honest friend
for fear the gallows be your end

Rubbings of early 19th-century coins on free endpaper.

For more on J.S. Davis, see

Book submission: The First Shearing

Title: The First Shearing
Author: Lindesay, Marie Batterham
Publication date: Richmond, 1904
Library: Alderman Library, University of Virginia
Call number: PS3523.I54 F5 1904
Submitted by: Sarah Storti
Inscribed “To Miss Margaret Brodie / With / Christmas Greetings / From / the authoress”