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Book submission: Lucian – Selected Writings

Title: Lucian – Selected Writings
Author: Allinson, Francis Greenleaf
Publication date: Boston, 1905
Library: Millsaps College Library
Call number: PA4230.A3
Submitted by: Students of Millsaps course – What is the Future of the Book?
This book, we believe, was used as a text for a class on our campus in the early 1900s. It features many latin translations, as well as a great deal of annotation, ostensibly made by the student who used this copy. Other traces of note include a bizarre, white-supremacist quote on the back page, as well as some sketches and doodles drawn on large spaces on some pages.

Book submission: Folly of the Wise

Title: Folly of the Wise
Author: Carolyn Wells
Publication date: Indianapolis, 1904
Library: Van Wylen Library, Hope College, Holland, Michigan
Call number: PS 3545.E533F6
Submitted by: Kelly Arnold, Olivia Lehnertz, Nina Kay
This copy of Folly of the Wise was part of the American Library Association’s War Service Library. There are drawings, stickers, annotations, and stamps.

Book submission: The story of a beautiful duchess : being an account of the life & times of Elizabeth Gunning, duchess of Hamilton & Argyll

Title: The story of a beautiful duchess : being an account of the life & times of Elizabeth Gunning, duchess of Hamilton & Argyll
Author: Bleackley, Horace
Publication date: New York, 1907
Library: University of Virginia Alderman Library
Call number: DA483 .A6 B5 1907
Submitted by: Kristin Jensen
Sketch of a woman breastfeeding a baby.

Book submission: Oeuvres de Boileau

Title: Oeuvres de Boileau
Author: C. A. Sainte-Beuve
Publication date: Paris, 1853
Library: University of Virginia, Alderman Library
Call number: PQ1719.A2 1868a (?)
Submitted by: Maggie Whalen
In the weeks following our post on the UVA Library Collection’s many literary treasures tied to Albemarle County’s historic Rives family, UVA community members brought to our attention a few other Rives-owned and -annotated volumes worth investigating.

First: an 1853 copy of C. A. Sainte-Beuve’s Oeuvres de Boileau.

A bookplate in Oeuvres de Boileau indicates that this text came to the UVA Library Collection through the books of William Cabell Rives.

The book is of interest to the Book Traces @ UVA project first for its gift inscription. The note, which appears in pencil on the book’s title page, reads: “À Mademoiselle Rives / E M / Adieu!” Below the gift-giver’s initials is a sketch of a crown.

Of further note are the annotations, bracketing, and underscoring of the book’s contents. As its title suggests, Oeuvres de Boileau, or Works of Boileau, contains a number of works by the 17th-century French poet and literary critic Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux. The volume’s contents are organized by genre, among them: satire, epistle, ode, epigram, and poetry.

Though marginalia crops up throughout the thick volume, its most heavily annotated sections are those for which Boileau is best known: his still-studied treatise on the rules of Classical verse L’Art poétique (1674) and his mock-heroic epics Le Lutrin (1666). Nearly every page of these two sections contains marks made by a previous reader: brackets, dots, notes in French, and translations in English.

To which Mademoiselle Rives did this well-marked volume belong? And by whom was it given? A look at the Rives family’s history hints at an answer.

As mentioned in our previous post, William Cabell Rives (1793-1868), a wealthy Albemarle landowner and an influential American politician, served twice as the U.S. Minister to France. In the final year of Rives’s first term, 1829-32, his wife, Judith Page Rives, gave birth to the family’s fourth child and first daughter. She was named Amélie by her godmother, then-Queen of France, Marie-Amélie. Shortly after the birth of Amélie Louise Rives, the Rives family returned to the United States. William Cabell Rives served three terms in the United States Senate before he accepted a reappointment as the Minister to France. He served his second term, 1849-1853, under France’s final monarch: Napoleon III. As in his first term, Rives was accompanied in Paris by his family. Indeed, letters preserved in UVA’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library reveal that William’s wife and three youngest children, Alfred (1830-1903), Amélie Louise (1832-1873), and Ella (1834-1892), all resided in France during his tenure as minister.

Bearing this in mind, it seems possible that this book, published in Paris in 1853, the final year of Rives’s term, might have been a parting gift (“Adieu!”) from French Queen Eugénie de Montijo (“E M,” the crown) to one of Rives’s unmarried daughters (“Mademoiselle”), Amélie Louise or Ella.

Based on the limited biographical information available on the two sisters, it seems possible that either might have happily accepted a text on poetic technique. As discussed previously, the Riveses were a family of writers. Both of the girls’ parents, Judith Page and William Cabell Rives, were published authors. Amélie Louise, who would have been 21-years-old in 1853, dabbled in writing, penning but never publishing a number of poems and stories. 19-year-old Ella seems to have been intellectually inclined, too. In an 1851 letter from the girls’ mother to their sister-in-law, Judith describes Ella passing her time in Paris “surrounded with her grammars, dictionaries, [and] maps.”

Unfortunately, records of the queen’s autograph do not confirm this loosely founded hunch and the book’s provenance remains a mystery.


Boileau Despréaux, Nicolas, and Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve. Oeuvres : Avec Notes Et Imitations Des Auteurs Anciens. Paris: Furne, 1853.

Brown, Alexander, et al. Papers of the Rives, Sears and Rhinelander Families.

Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2016. Web. 18 Mar. 2016.

Hall, Fitzedward, et al. Letters of the Rives Family. .

“Nicolas Boileau”. Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online.

Papers of Roberta Wellford, Accession #6090, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.

Rives Family Papers Compiled by Elizabeth Langhorne, 1839-1990, #10596-d, Albert H. and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

Rives, James Childs. Reliques of the Rives (Ryves). Lynchburg, Va.: J. P. Bell Co., 1929.

Shakespeare, William, and Samuel Weller Singer. The Dramatic Works. 3rd ed. rev. London: G. Bell, 1879.

Shakespeare, William, et al. The Plays of William Shakespeare. New ed. London: Printed for F. C. and J. Rivington; [etc., etc.], 1823.

Book submission: The Blue Fairy Book

Title: The Blue Fairy Book
Author: Lang. Andrew
Publication date: London, 1890
Library: University of Victoria
Call number: PZ8 LB1 1890
Submitted by: Lisa Surridge
Extensive hand-colouring of this copy of _The Blue Fairy Book_, almost exclusively in blue (with some exceptions!)

Names on flyleaf: W. Meyerstein and E. Meterstein

I have referred to this as “drawing” but I think you need a tag for “colouring.”

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
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: 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
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.

Book submission: The Life and Trial of Guiteau the Assassin

Title: The Life and Trial of Guiteau the Assassin
Author: Ridpath, John Clark
Publication date: Cincinnati, Jones Brothers & Company, 1882
Library: Columbia University (Butler Library)
Call number: 973.8 G949
Submitted by: Tara Key
The owner of this book, Peter High Stauffer, of Loudonville, Ohio, was an editor, songwriter and publisher. He was born in Bucks County, PA in 1852, and died in Loudonville in 1904. He seems to have been a Renaissance man, as evidenced by this beautiful drawing in the front of this book, as well as sheet music found in the NYPL collection for a tune called, “Mother’s Saturday Night.” He also published a tract in 1889 by Reverend J. R. Sikes titled, “The Biblical Reason Why Prohibition Is Wrong” which detailed the use of wine in religious celebration. In his obituary he was described as a liberal Republican,and a former candidate for mayor.