Tag Archives: Commentary

Book submission: Markof

Title: Markof
Author: Greville, Henry
Publication date: 306 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 1900
Library: Ohio University Alden Library
Call number: 9080121
Submitted by: Mason Love
Description:
This book is filled with a bunch of readers signatures. I found them throughout the whole book, but mainly on the title page! I was surprised to find this book in such good condition for being over a hundred years old! The earliest signature from a reader that I found was from 1930. I hope this brings you as much joy as it did me.

Book submission: La Mare au Diable

Title: La Mare au Diable
Author: George Sand
Publication date: Edinburgh, 1930
Library: D. H. Hill Library, North Carolina State University
Call number: PQ2408A10
Submitted by: Erika G.
Description:
According to the bookplate, this book came to the D. H. Hill Library via the library of Dr. George Rosen (1910-1977), a physician and professor at Columbia and Yale. However, the book’s original owner appears to be Rev. Seymour St. John (1912-2006), whose name is written in pencil on the opposite page. St. John was a longstanding and popular headmaster at the Choate School in Wallingford, CT, a school which he attended and where he was preceded as headmaster by his father. Based on the book’s publication date and the dates written on the inside cover, this copy of La Mare au Diable may have been one of St. John’s schoolbooks during his final year at Choate. It appears that one of St. John’s peers decided to tease him, because underneath the library card, someone wrote, “[Seymour St. John] is a gross procrastinator and prevoracator [sic].” St. John’s signature also appears on the back cover of the book.

Book submission: The Works of William Shakespeare

Title: The Works of William Shakespeare
Author: Shakespeare, William edited by William George Clark and William Aldis Wright
Publication date: N.D., New York
Library: N.C. State University’s D.H. Hill Library
Call number: PR2753 C58 V1
Submitted by: kmfritz@ncsu.edu
Description:
Notes about species of plants, agriculture, and animals. There are notes about birds, “head of turk” turkey disease, and plants.

Book submission: Macaulay’s Essays: Critical, Historical, and Miscellaneous

Title: Macaulay’s Essays: Critical, Historical, and Miscellaneous
Author: Macaulay, Lord
Publication date: New York, 1878
Library: Dinand Library, College of the Holy Cross
Call number: PR 4963.A1 1878. v. 2
Submitted by: Jonathan Mulrooney
Description:
Book owned by Rev. Thomas Kelly. Account of hearing of the death of his pastor. Kelly wrote in many books now housed in Dinand Library.

Book submission: The Vision of Dante Alighieri

Title: The Vision of Dante Alighieri
Author: Translated by Rev. Henry Francis Cary
Publication date: London, 1910
Library: D.H. Hill Library at NC State
Call number: PQ4315-C37
Submitted by: Taylor Wolford
Description:
The first page of the book before the cover page is signed by a previous owner Clarence Poe and dated December 19, 1910 with the location included as Singapore. In the bottom-left hand corner, there is a publishing sticker from Methodist Publishing House Printers, Publishers, & Booksellers with the address Stamford Road Cor. Armenian Street, Singapore. There is another page in the book that includes notes and themes from the text.

Book submission: The Trojan Woman

Title: The Trojan Woman
Author: Euripides
Publication date: New York, 1915
Library: Millsaps College Library
Call number: PA3975.T8.M8
Submitted by: Students of Millsaps course – What is the Future of the Book?
Description:
This book is another member of the Lehman Engel collection at Millsaps College. The Jackson-born playwright annotated this copy of a Euripides play.

Book submission: The Medea

Title: The Medea
Author: Euridipes
Publication date: New York, 1912
Library: Millsaps College Library
Call number: PA3975.M4.M8
Submitted by: Students of Millsaps course – What is the Future of the Book?
Description:
This book was a part of Lehman Engel Collection at Millsaps College, a library donated to the school by the Jackson-born playwright Lehman Engel. This copy contains lots of annotation about the play from Engel himself.

Book submission: Journal of the Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited during the Voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle

Title: Journal of the Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited during the Voyage of the H.M.S. Beagle
Author: Darwin, Charles
Publication date: New York, 1880
Library: Millsaps College Library
Call number: QH11.D2
Submitted by: Students of Millsaps course – What is the Future of the Book?
Description:
This book contains lots of annotation in the margins of the text.

Book submission: The Reciter : a work particularly adapted to the use of schools, consisting of pieces moral, religious, and sacred in verse and prose

Title: The Reciter : a work particularly adapted to the use of schools, consisting of pieces moral, religious, and sacred in verse and prose
Author: Ward, Edward, A.M.
Publication date: London 1812
Library: Arizona State University
Call number: PR1175.3 .R4x
Submitted by: Kent Linthicum
Description:
This ASU-owned book contains a poem at the back that appears to be a revised or edited version of “David’s Lamentation over Saul and Jonathan” titled by the writer “David’s Funeral Elegy over Saul and Jonathan.” Also, the page where the actual lamentation occurs in the text includes a reader’s note which says “How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war famished!” These might be the work of a student who was using the book.

Book submission: The Earliest Life of Christ Being the Diatessaron of Tatian

Title: The Earliest Life of Christ Being the Diatessaron of Tatian
Author: Tatianus
Publication date: Edinburgh, 1894
Library: Millsaps College Library
Call number: BS2550.T2A3
Submitted by: Students of Millsaps course – What is the Future of the Book?
Description:
Features an ownership tag and some annotation within the text