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Book submission: The Doctrine of Salvation by Faith Proved; Or, an Answer to the Important Question, What Must I Do to Be Saved?

Title: The Doctrine of Salvation by Faith Proved; Or, an Answer to the Important Question, What Must I Do to Be Saved?
Author: Clarke, Adam
Publication date: Baltimore, 1818
Library: Millsaps College Library
Call number: BT753.C43x
Submitted by: Students of Millsaps course – What is the Future of the Book?
Description:
The first page contains an ownership inscription dated 1854, the ink of which soaks onto the next page.

Book submission: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus to Himself

Title: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus to Himself
Author: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Publication date: London, 1907
Library: Millsaps College Library
Call number: B580.R4
Submitted by: Students of Millsaps course – What is the Future of the Book?
Description:
There is gift inscription at the beginning of the book, dated 1927. Aside from some notation within the text, the only other noteworthy handwriting in the book is an odd line written on the very back page of 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

Book submission: Tell-Trothes New Yeares gift … And The passionate Morrice. 1593.–John Lane’s Tom Tell-Troths message, and his pens complaint. 1600.–Thomas Powell’s Tom of all trades. Or The plaine path-way to preferment … 1631.–The glasse of Godly loue. (By John Rogers?) 1569.–

Title: Tell-Trothes New Yeares gift … And The passionate Morrice. 1593.–John Lane’s Tom Tell-Troths message, and his pens complaint. 1600.–Thomas Powell’s Tom of all trades. Or The plaine path-way to preferment … 1631.–The glasse of Godly loue. (By John Rogers?) 1569.–
Author: Furnivall, Frederick James, ed.
Publication date: London, 1876
Library: Hayden Library, Arizona State University
Call number: PR1120 .F8
Submitted by: Soren Hammerschmidt
Description:
Book prize from the New Shakespeare Society and Prof. John L. Johnson, Professor of Lang & Lit at U of Mississippi, to Charlton Henry Alexander of Kosciuscko, MS, in a copy of Tell-Trothes New Year’s Gift (London, 1876)

Book submission: English poetry (1170-1892)

Title: English poetry (1170-1892)
Author: Manly, John Matthews, 1865-1940, comp.
Publication date: Boston, 1907
Library: Arizona State University Hayden Library
Call number: PR1175 .M33
Submitted by: Devoney Looser and Meghan Nestel
Description:
Editor’s inscription: “To Mrs. Evans / from the Editor / 1907.” Includes bookplate of Jessie Benton Evans (1866-1954) Memorial Collection.

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
Description:
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: 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
Description:
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.

Sources

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: Southern writers: biographical and critical studies, Sidney Lanier

Title: Southern writers: biographical and critical studies, Sidney Lanier
Author: Baskervill, William Malone
Publication date: Nashville, Tenn.; 1897
Library: Williston Memorial Library, Mount Holyoke College
Call number: 83YE L272yb
Submitted by: Rachael Smith
Description:
Gift inscription on the cover reads: “Ellen Burroughs” — In most grateful acknowledgement from M. D. L. Easter, 1897.

“Ellen Burroughs” was a pen name used by poet and Wellesley English professor Sophie Jewett. Her collection “The Pilgrim, and Other Poems” was published in 1896 and included this poem, titled “Sidney Lanier”:

The Southwind brought a voice; was it of bird?
Or faint-blown reed? or string that quivered long?
A haunting voice that woke into a song
Sweet as a child’s low laugh, or lover’s word.
We listened idly till it grew and stirred
With throbbing chords of joy, of love, of wrong;
A mighty music, resonant and strong;
Our hearts beat higher for that voice far-heard.
The Southwind brought a shadow, purple-dim,

It swept across the warm smile of the sun;
A sudden shiver passed on field and wave;
The grasses grieved along the river’s brim.
We knew the voice was silent, the song done;
We knew the shadow smote across a grave.

M. D. L. are the initials of Sidney Lanier’s wife, Mary Day Lanier. She edited and published collections of his poetry and letters following his death in 1842. In this book, she has corrected two sections of her husband’s poetry that were misprinted, and made a note in the margin where a quote “was taken from one of my own letters.”

Book submission: Elizabethan England

Title: Elizabethan England
Author: Harrison, William
Publication date: London, 1902
Library: Williston Memorial Library, Mount Holyoke College
Call number: DA610 .H32
Submitted by: Rachael Smith
Description:
Oundle School bookplate indicates gift to Frederick Walter Hall as a prize for German in “midsummer 1890”.

Text is unmarked except for pictured passage.

Oundle School crest is also embossed on front cover.

Book submission: The Ladies Scrap Book

Title: The Ladies Scrap Book
Author: Andrus, S. and Son
Publication date: 1845
Library: Williston Memorial Library
Call number: 83YA L12
Submitted by: Rachael Smith
Description:
Bookplate indicates donation by Laura H. Wild, Mount Holyoke faculty in Department of History & Literature of Religion 1917-1937.

Two inscriptions:

“Given by my scholars at Duxbury Corner, Vermont in the summer of 1853. Ellen D. Wild”

“Miss Laura H. Wild. Given by her mother. June … 1881”

The name Ellen Malcolm Douglas also appears in ink.

Book submission: The complete works of Alfred Tennyson : with illustrations.

Title: The complete works of Alfred Tennyson : with illustrations.
Author: Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Baron
Publication date: New York : G. Routledge and Sons, [between 1880 and 1889?]
Library: Ellis LIbrary, Rare Books and Special Collections, Columbia, MO
Call number: MU Ellis Special Collections Closed 828 T25A
Submitted by: Katya Shevchenko
Description:
480 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Notes MU: Contains mounted photographs and clippings.