Conflicting bookplates, employee’s fingers, fore-edge.
From the front matter of Stammering and Stuttering by James Hunt (1870). Does not include metadata indicating library of origination or date of digitization (but does include Stanford library artifacts).
A saucy bookplate: “A Pleader to the Needer When a Reader.”
From the back matter of England’s Path to Wealth and Honour, In a Dialogue Between an English-man and a Dutch-man by James Puckle (1718). Original from Oxford University. Digitized July 4, 2006.
Washed-out marbled paper.
The endpapers to Biblia Damicula seu quod Deus Omniscious (1727). Original from Austrian National Library. Digitized April 12, 2011.
Bookplate reads, “Se taire, et faire,” or (roughly), “Shut up and do.”
Also, is that the Statue of Liberty?
From the front matter of A Collection of Several Pieces of Mr. John Locke, Never Before Printed, or Not Extant in His Works by John Locke, ed. by Pierre Desmaizeaux (1720). Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized February 15, 2006.
Deer and optical illusions in front yard endpapers.
From Patty’s Motor Car by Carolyn Wells (1911). Original from the New York Public Library. Digitized March 4, 2009.
Cat bookplate peeks from behind overlaid Stanford University Library bookplate.
From the front matter of Peck’s Bad Boy Abroad by George Wilbur Peck (1905). Does not include metadata indicating library of origination or date of digitization (but does include Stanford library artifacts).
Dueling bookplates; library plate over private ownership plate. Digitized with filter resulting in neon purple and green.
From front matter of The Experienced English Housekeeper by Elizabeth Raffald (1786). [Here]
“The Baldwin Library of Children’s Historical Literature contains more than 100,000 volumes, many of which were used by children.
The interaction of the child and the book is evident in the mark of the hand in the Baldwin; there are many examples of marginalia, doodles and inscriptions, bookplates, prize books, crayon scrawl, hand-colored plates, love notes and book anathema.
In addition, many of these books have been used so heavily that they expose somnotexts, or sleeping texts, of scrap paper that were bound into the spines of nineteenth century children’s books as padding. These fragments, traditionally referred to as binder’s waste, revel in their eccentricity; handwritten sheet music, surgical texts, advertisements for moth killer, Shakespeare and artifacts of the bindery have all survived in this manner.
These unusual para- and peritextual phenomenon will be on display as part of the exhibit curated by Krissy Wilson.”
The exhibit is open from August 1st to September 15th, 2011.
2nd floor, George A. Smathers Library East
One of the many uses of Google Books; finding the origin of scraps of text from the nineteenth century with creative Boolean queries! —kcw
Dueling bookplates; Harvard purchase plate placed over a paint advertisement, MIT deposit plate placed on top of that, and eventually crossed out (eventually held by Harvard)
From front matter of Metallic Structures: corrosion and fouling and their prevention by John Newman (1896). [Here]
Boston Library Society bookplate; describes change of address, altered terms and conditions, and eventual cancellation
From front matter of Montezuma’s Gold Mines by F. A. Ober (1838). [Here]