Title: Poems of Passion
Author: Wilcox, Ella Wheeler
Publication date: Chicago
Call number: PS 3312.P48
Submitted by: Andrew Stauffer
Title: American Men of Letters: William Hickling Prescott
Author: Ogden Rollo
Publication date: Boston and New York, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1904
Library: San Jose State University
Call number: PS 2657 05
Submitted by: Alondra Ibarra
Photograph found on title and publication page.
Annotations found next to title and publication page on the photograph of Mr. Prescott4
Title: Complete Works of William Shakespeare Volume 8
Author: William Shakespeare (Author), Alexander Dyce (Editor)
Publication date: Merrill and Baker London and New York 1880
Library: San Jose State Library (MLK Library)
Call number: PR2753 D91880
Submitted by: Casey Modiri
#718 out of 1000 registered sets.
An image of a painting by J. Bertrand depicting a scene from Othello called “The Death of Desdemona”.
A piece of wax paper is followed by paintings done by artists or pictures representing specific characters.
Annotations in picture of are page 237: circled words, underlined words and margin writing.
Title: Corona and Coronet: Being a Narrative of the Amherst Eclipse Expedition to Japan, in Mr. Jame’s Schooner-Yacht Coronet, to Observe the Sun’s Total Obsuration 9th August, 1896
Author: Todd, Mabel Loomis
Publication date: Boston, 1899
Library: Ivy Stacks
Call number: DS 809 T63 1899
Submitted by: Dawn E. Hunt
Clippings made for (E.D. Adams? the name is not totally legible) on July 7 and July 13, 1918 from newspapers and magazines about eclipses and other astronomical phenomena from a clipping agency, Henry Romeike, Inc., “The First Established and Most Complete Newspaper Cutting Bureau in the World”. The book itself is rather unusual, as it is a description of a journey from Massachusetts to Japan (and back) to view the total solar eclipse on August 9, 1896, written by an adventurous woman, Mabel Loomis Todd. It is well written and quite entertaining. There had been a total eclipse on June 8, 1918, the last total solar eclipse to cross the entire United States, Oregon to Florida, prior to the total eclipse of August 21, 2017, Oregon to South Carolina. Perhaps E.D. Adams had seen the eclipse and was interested in learning more?
Title: The Christian Year: Thoughts in Verse
Author: Keble, John
Publication date: New York, 1860
Library: University of South Carolina
Submitted by: Jamie Rathjen
An 1860 edition of The Christian Year: Thoughts in Verse, originally published in 1827 by the English churchman Rev. John Keble, harbors among various examples of non-verbal marginalia two distinct references to the death of the Rev. Alexander Glennie (1804-1880), the locally eminent rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Georgetown County, S.C. Perhaps fittingly, his death came on the evening before All Saints Day (1 November), so that both inscriptions say the same thing: “Mr Glennie called to his reward on All Saints eve 1880 at Charlott Virginia.” This is indeed a reference to Charlottesville, as no other place name in Virginia begins with “Charlotte,” but, unfortunately from a UVa point of view, what Glennie was doing in the area was limited to a trip to higher elevations for the sake of his health. In fact, this book contains the only reference I have found to his being in Charlottesville; any others, such as his cenotaph in the All Saints churchyard, only give the state. The owner of the book, who I have not been able to identify despite an owner’s inscription in the front (which has proven largely illegible), it appears need not have known Glennie personally; they could have easily been an eager parishioner, for example. Yet the nature of the verses they have selected makes it clear that they held him in high regard.
Rev. Alexander Glennie was born on 8 July 1804 in the south-east of England, yet was through his parents a full-blooded Scot. He originally became the rector of his parish in 1832, the boundaries of which were the Waccamaw River, the ocean, and the North Carolina border, leaving a narrow strip of land about 50 miles long that includes modern Myrtle Beach (Freeman). The South Carolina Historical Magazine notes “There is very little information to be obtained in regard to this Parish before 1800;” thus, perhaps it was brought to relative prominence with Glennie. His church was in the southern part of the parish, on Pawleys Island, and the current building dates from the early 20th century, but the rectory (i.e. Glennie’s house) survives from 1822. His journal, largely consisting of a list of church functions he performed in the 1850s and the people for which he performed them, and secondarily the constitution of the church’s Sunday school from the 1830s, survives and has been digitized, revealing that he ministered to both blacks and whites. While, as with almost all southern states, teaching slaves to read or write was illegal in South Carolina, apparently teaching them in religion was not, and Glennie regularly visited each of his parish’s 10 plantations in turn. In 1866, Glennie moved to the nearby Prince George Winyah episcopal church, across the river in Georgetown (Freeman). Throughout this period, he also found the time to keep voluminous observations of the weather in the area on both a monthly and daily scale from ca. 1834 until 1880, leaving an important resource for historical research into the lowcountry climate, and they formed the weather section of a local paper, the Georgetown Times and Comet, for “30 or 35 years” until shortly before his death. Yet the recordings stop in May 1880, a few months before his death. Around this period, Glennie left the area with his second wife and daughter, both named Mary, for a recuperative “trip to the mountains” in Virginia. It was on this trip, as it was later put in another local newspaper, the Georgetown Enquirer, that he was “called to his long reward.”
The Christian Year is laid out with one verse for each significant day in the religious year, starting with Advent and looping back around to All Saints’ Day and the Sundays just before Advent, with the remainder of the book being given to saints’ days and verses for events (baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc.). The poems appear to be inspired at least in part by a Bible verse presented before the text of each; they can be expanded upon Paradise Lost-style, or perhaps Keble inserts a word from the verse into the poem (for example, “hoary”). The two most substantial references to Glennie come in the second stanza of, appropriately, “All Saints’ Day,” as well as at the end of “Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity,” which in 1880 would have been 14 November, or two weeks after Glennie’s death. Of the two, the book’s owner could have found the latter more relevant: “Say not it dies, that glory, / ‘Tis caught unquenched on high” begins the final stanza. Yet it is the next two lines that receive a small marking next to them: “Those saint-like brows so hoary / Shall wear it in the sky.” Clearly, the book’s owner thinks Glennie worthy of high praise. In “All Saints’ Day,” it is five lines that are marked, such as “Such calm old age as conscience pure / And self-commanding hearts ensure.” It appears that any lines associating old age with wisdom, discipline, and any other generally enviable qualities have caught the owner’s eye in this section of the book.
A third reference to Glennie appears in “Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity,” where a simple “Mr. Glennie” has been written next to the next-to-last stanza. Another mention of the “Christian Pastor” has interested the owner, but with a different attitude towards the preacher: “bow’d to earth / With thankless toil, and vile esteem’d.” An accompanying set of two lines just below summarizes the pastor’s attitude: “Yet steadfast set to do his part, / And fearing most his own vain heart.” Perhaps Keble (and the book’s owner) feel sympathy for the unappreciated preacher: the verse for this poem, as well as the poem itself, is a story from Daniel about the attempted burning of three Jews in Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. The king finds that not only were they not burned, but a fourth figure has appeared who looks “like the Son of God.” The verse and the poem, then, argue that those who righteously follow their religion can even withstand death.
Besides the book’s various markings, it also harbors an insertion of a poem by contemporary English poet Rodon Noel (1834-1894), here called “Dying” but also “The Old,” in the middle of the verse “Twentieth Sunday after Trinity.” This verse is not necessarily even about death like “Twenty-Fifth Sunday” is, rather, it takes place on top of a mountain, representing a place of contemplation. The first three of the six stanzas are devoted to the scene, and in the latter three Keble writes in the voice of God to scold a slightly lapsed would-be believer. A possible connection to “Dying” is that Noel sets a similar atmosphere of, indeed, silence and reflection. Yet two observations about the poem and its surroundings in the book indicate that perhaps it is a different sort of insertion, or came later, than all the others. The first is that there appears to be pencil lines, in the same manner as the other places in the book, under the outline indicating where the poem was placed, i.e. they seem to be obscured by the poem. The second is that as far as I can tell, “Dying” was first published only in 1892, and only in collections of Noel’s work; one such collection places it under the header of “Poems First Published in the ‘Canterbury Poets’ Series,” which was indeed in 1892, as opposed to another section indicating one of Noel’s books. Both of these point to “Dying” being a later, yet topical, insertion.
This copy of The Christian Year functions primarily as a memorial to Glennie in a variety of different ways: the written notes, the bracket-like markings picking out specific lines, and the insertion of “Dying.” As the rector of a church whose parish covered a wide area and many plantations within, Glennie need not have been personally known to the owner of the book, but the depth to which the owner was affected by Glennie’s death, as well as being practically the only source I have found for the preacher’s being in Charlottesville, suggests that perhaps he was, or at the very least that the owner was a devotee. They had possessed the book for some time: it was published in 1860 and the readable part of the inscription dates it to 1869, and it was perhaps found fitting for this purpose.
Buxton, Victoria Noel. The Collected Poems of Roden Noel. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Company Limited, 1902.
Corey, Sharon Freeman. “All Saints Waccamaw Episcopal Cemetery.” Images of America: Georgetown County’s Historic Cemeteries. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia, 2016.
Galbraith, J. E. H. “All-Saints Waccamaw. Mural Tablets and Tombstone Inscriptions.” The South Carolina Historical Magazine 13 (1912): 163-176.
Glennie, Alexander. Daily Meteorological Observations, 1863-1880. Vol. 6. Lowcountry Digital Library. .
⸺. Alexander Glennie Journal, 1831-1859. Lowcountry Digital Library.
Keble, John. The Christian Year: Thoughts in Verse. New York: James Miller, 1860.
“Alexander Glennie [Prince George].” Find A Grave, 26 June 2014. Web.
“Rev Alexander Glennie [All Saints].” Find A Grave, 10 Oct 2006. Web.
Georgetown Times and Comet. 14 Aug 1879. https://newspaperarchive.com/georgetown-times-and-comet-aug-07-1879-pageno-328071007?tag=glennie&rtserp=tags/glennie?psi=87&pci=7&ndt=by&py=1828&pey=1880&psb=date/
Georgetown Enquirer. 10 Nov 1880. https://newspaperarchive.com/georgetown-enquirer-nov-10-1880-pageno-328059927?tag=glennie&rtserp=tags/glennie?psi=87&pci=7&ndt=by&py=1828&pey=1880&psb=date/
Title: The Poems and Letters of Bernard Barton
Author: Barton, Bernard
Publication date: London, 1850
Library: Ohio University’s Alden Library
Call number: 4079
Submitted by: Alicia Carter
Searching through the stacks of Alden’s 7th floor, I was shocked to find this unique book. The cover is quite simple and in remarkably good shape for its age. Upon opening the book the inside of the cover is inscribed with the name Le Grice; the ink is beginning to bleed but the signature remains intact. The previous owner inserted a page on the end paper from another volume, the inserted page is titled “A Sonnet, Tributary to the Poet Bernard Barton.” The owner has also written commentary on the top of the inserted page, “For long reference to Bernard Barton Lee Lamb’s Letters.” Throughout the novel there is indicators of close reading, including underlining, check marks, and exclamation points. On page 33 there was a unique inscription, “Aged 64. A.D. 1849.” This inscription indicates that the reader has also read other materials on the author and wanted to note the authors age at that specific time in the memoir.
Title: Fables de Florian, suivies de son Théatre
Author: Florian, Jean Pierre Clais de
Publication date: Paris, n.d.
Library: D. H. Hill Library
Call number: PQ1983 .F6 F3 1924
Submitted by: Cate Rivers
This beautifully illustrated book has a charmer name tag pasted in the front cover from Claire Kral Necker, a cat biologist, and a gift attribution that I think translates to “Illustrated for Francine.”
Title: Law Times Reports Vol. XXV
Publication date: Horace Cox, Wellington St., Strand (1877)
Library: Northumbria City Campus Library
Submitted by: Jack Turner
Collection of Law Journals from September 1876- February 1877. Considering the age of the book it is still in remarkably good condition; other than the few flaws that were found.
Title: The bibliographer’s manual of English literature containing an account of rare, curious, and useful books, published in or relating to Great Britain and Ireland, from the invention of printing; with bibliographical and critical notices, collations of the rarer articles, and the prices at which they have been sold
Author: Lowndes, William Thomas
Publication date: London, 1865
Library: Arizona State University Hayden Library
Call number: PR83.L6x 1865
Submitted by: Emily Zarka
Contains hundred of handwritten slips of paper inserted by previous owner that serve as additions to all six volumes
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
Editor’s inscription: “To Mrs. Evans / from the Editor / 1907.” Includes bookplate of Jessie Benton Evans (1866-1954) Memorial Collection.
Title: The Life and Campaigns of General Lee
Author: Childe, Edward Lee
Publication date: London, 1875
Library: Thomas Cooper Library USC
Call number: E 467.1 .L4 C55
Submitted by: Ashley Thess
Franklin Printing Company newspaper clippings from 21 years after the book was published about the Lee family taped into the back. On the back of the clippings is news of Bryan’s presidential campaign and factories reopening across the country