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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
(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: 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
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: 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
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: The Changed Cross and other Religious Poems

Title: The Changed Cross and other Religious Poems
Author: Anonymous
Publication date: New York, 1872
Library: Richter, U Miami
Call number: PR 1191 .R24
Submitted by: Andrew Stauffer
Memorial volume for Annie R. Deering, wife of Charles W. Deering and daughter of Rear Admiral A. Ludlow Case. Annie died just a few days short of their first wedding anniversary. Charles was 23 at the time, and Annie probably about the same age.

Printed death notice attached. Gift inscription from Charles to Mary E. Deering, dated a few days after Annie’s death (on their wedding anniversary), November 3, 1876.

Flower pinned to dedication page, with small slip dated Dec. 20, 1877.

Marginalia to the poem “Coming”:

“A short time before her death Annie asked her mother to read this poem, saying that she often thought of it. Mrs. Case read it in the presence of those gathered about the deathbed” and, next to one passage, “Annie tried to read here, but her sight failed. ‘I guess I can’t read it,’ she said smiling.”

Book submission: Elegiac Sonnets

Title: Elegiac Sonnets
Author: Smith, Charlotte
Publication date: London: J. Dodsley, 1784
Library: British Library
Call number: 11632 g.46
Submitted by: Michael Gamer
There are a number of corrections and additions.
1) It has a tipped in portrait from 1824 of Smith, and a bookplate: “Stainforth”
2) There also is a correction in the Preface in the first line on p. viii: “The Lines” is corrected to “The attempts” (In the 2nd ed and later this becomes “The little poems” – meaning this correction never happens).
3) On p. viii “some” is crossed out and “several” replaces it (this change is retained for good). This makes it into 2nd ed.
4) On “Sonnet VII: On the Departure of the Nightingale,” on line 10, “hides” is corrected to “shades.” This makes it into 2nd ed.
5) On p. 18 there are several changes at the end of “The Origin of Flattery”:
i) line 102: “faithful memory nurs’d” becomes “memory gently nurs’d” (In 2nd ed this is “memory fondly nurs’d”)
ii) line 108: “Tho’ thou prepar’st” becomes “Tho’ in a form” (This makes it into 2nd ed).
iii) line 109: “Thy pleasing spirit for” becomes “Thy dulcet spirit meets” (NB: in 2nd ed this is “Thy dulcet spirit for” in the 5th ed this is “Thy soothing spirit meets”)
6) On p. 22, “Sonnet, from Petrarch” line 7, “lovely tints” is corrected to “glowing tints” (This makes it into 2nd ed)
7) On p. 25, “Sonnet: To Spring” line 9, “torturing” is corrected to “tortur’d” (This doesn’t make it into 2nd ed).

Book submission: Representative Men: Seven Lectures

Title: Representative Men: Seven Lectures
Author: Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Publication date: Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1903
Library: The University of Iowa Libraries
Call number: PS 1600.F03 v.4
Submitted by: A. Caviston
Ralph Waldo Emerson, most commonly known as the leader of the Transcendentalist movement, was

an American writer of essays and poetry. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, 1803 and attended Harvard College. Some of his well-known essays include Nature, Circles, The Poet, and The Over-Soul. Over the course of his lifetime he gave more than 1,000 lectures. This volume contains several of these lectures. He died in 1882. (Source: PBS.org) Annotations read: “lovers of music” pg. 21 / “could Napoleon?” pg. 23 / “constellation” pg. 27 / “Miad’s “I”” pg. 28. Quotation reads “There is a law by which life is perpetuated” on pg. 110.

Book submission: Williams’ Mansfield Directory, City Guide, and Business Mirror

Title: Williams’ Mansfield Directory, City Guide, and Business Mirror
Author: Williams, C. S.
Publication date: Mansfield, OH: D. Sturgess, 1858
Library: Columbia University (Butler Library)
Call number: 978.3M31 ZW
Submitted by: Tara Key
This city directory was given to Ebenezer Hazzard Swinney by James Estep Cox December 12, 1859. As shown below, they were like brothers. The second picture shows an inscription on page 72, under “Attorneys At Law,” which states that you could pay a dollar and have your name appear, but Cox ” put mine here for nothing.”

Swinney was a West Point grad (in his class entering in 1838 was Abner Doubleday) who became a Lt. Colonel of the 32nd Ohio Infantry, mustered in in Mansfield in 1861. He was the commander at the battles of Mc Dowell and Cross Keys, both Confederate victories and he seems to have given up his commission just in time to avoid being captured along with the rest of the 32nd at Harper’s Ferry in 1862. A history of the 32nd states, after the loss at Cross Keys, ” Lieut. Col. Sweeney [sic], commanding the regiment, did not get along well with Gen. Piatt, and in consequence there was much dissatisfaction throughout the regiment with the general commanding. ”

Cox was a lawyer in Mansfield, eventually becoming a judge and Justice of the Peace before his death in 1885. But the Census of 1870, in listing him as a lawyer, also lists him as insane. Below we see why!

In 1857, Cox was the author of a book: Exposition of Thomas W. Bartley, the present Chief Justice of the State of Ohio : showing him to be the second Haman that has made his appearance on this earth.

In an amazing and rambling 31 page statement, Cox says that he is aware the community thinks he is insane and yes, he has been committed to the Ohio Lunacy Asylum several times, and yes, someone may have been procured to assassinate him when he was the head of the Virginia Military School Lands and later in Fort Wayne, Indiana , and this was probably the cause of his defeat running for the office of Probate Judge, but Thomas Bartley, his accuser and Chief Justice of Ohio, is the second coming of the Haman.

Cox provides statements from other Mansfield residents establishing that he is well-loved and not insane. He refers to his friend, Honorable D. J. Swinney in one part of the screed, and Swinney attests to his “well-balanced mind” in a statement included in the book. Daniel Jackson Swinney is the father of Ebenezer Hazzard Swinney, and states in his defense of Cox that Cox is like a son to him.

Book submission: The Book of Roberts

Title: The Book of Roberts
Author: Roberts, Lloyd
Publication date: Toronto, 1923
Library: University of British Columbia Koerner Library
Call number: PR9235.O24 B7
Submitted by: Grant Hurley
Annotation “Read aloud at Columbian College by Lloyd Roberts – Jan. 17, 1927” at the end of the piece “My Father.” Lloyd Roberts was the son of Canadian poet and novelist Charles G.D. Roberts.

Book submission: Flint and Feather

Title: Flint and Feather
Author: Johnson, Pauline
Publication date: Toronto, 1914
Library: University of British Columbia Koerner Library
Call number: PR9220.O6 F6 1914 c.1 and c.2
Submitted by: Grant Hurley
Annotations on the poems “Beyond the Blue” and “Under Canvas” from two different copies of “Flint and Feather” by the Mohwak author Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake). In one, the annotator has written “despair” and “disgust” next to sections of the poem. In the second, someone has written “Them days are gone forever.”

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: 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.”