March 2, 2012
Against direct order, slip removed from pocket.
From the back matter of The Reliques of Father Prout, v. 1, collected and arranged by Oliver Yorke, ills. by Alfred Croquis (1836). 

Against direct order, slip removed from pocket.

From the back matter of The Reliques of Father Prout, v. 1, collected and arranged by Oliver Yorke, ills. by Alfred Croquis (1836). 

March 1, 2012
"This book should be returned on or before the date last stamped below," plus no date stamped below equals a book that is never due.
From the back matter of The Student’s Textbook of Electricity by Henry Minchin Noad (1867).

"This book should be returned on or before the date last stamped below," plus no date stamped below equals a book that is never due.

From the back matter of The Student’s Textbook of Electricity by Henry Minchin Noad (1867).

February 24, 2012
University of Michigan Library paper ephemera over title page: “Attention Reader: / This volume is too fragile for any future repair. / Please handle with great care.” 
From The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, ills. N. C. Wyeth (1920). 

University of Michigan Library paper ephemera over title page: “Attention Reader: / This volume is too fragile for any future repair. / Please handle with great care.” 

From The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne, ills. N. C. Wyeth (1920). 

February 21, 2012
Library statement contradicted by digitization and digital distribution. 
From the front matter of Esperanto: The Student’s Complete Textbook by John Charles O’Connor and Ludwik Lazar Zamenhof (1904). 

Library statement contradicted by digitization and digital distribution. 

From the front matter of Esperanto: The Student’s Complete Textbook by John Charles O’Connor and Ludwik Lazar Zamenhof (1904). 

February 16, 2012
The neglect of plates meant to be colored by the reader.
From p. 27 of Elementary Lessons, pt. 1, by Harvey Peet (1849).

The neglect of plates meant to be colored by the reader.

From p. 27 of Elementary Lessons, pt. 1, by Harvey Peet (1849).

February 3, 2012

Oh really?

From the front and back matter of Valentine’s City of New York: A Guide by H. C. Brown (1920). 

February 2, 2012
No date stamped below, but imagine trying to return your copy of this digital book to Google Books, anyway.
From the back matter of The Great Dionysiak Myth, v. 2, by Robert Brown (1878).  

No date stamped below, but imagine trying to return your copy of this digital book to Google Books, anyway.

From the back matter of The Great Dionysiak Myth, v. 2, by Robert Brown (1878).  

January 29, 2012
Library statement contradicted by digitization and digital distribution.
From the back matter of On the Stature and Bulk of Man in the British Isles by John Beddoe (1870).

Library statement contradicted by digitization and digital distribution.

From the back matter of On the Stature and Bulk of Man in the British Isles by John Beddoe (1870).

January 24, 2012
Library statement contradicted by digitization and digital distribution.
From the back matter of The American Journal of Science and Arts, v. 14 (1828).

Library statement contradicted by digitization and digital distribution.

From the back matter of The American Journal of Science and Arts, v. 14 (1828).

January 13, 2012
Torn circulation slip fails to keep book from leaving the building.
From the back matter of A Survey of the City of Worcester by Valentine Green (1764). 

Torn circulation slip fails to keep book from leaving the building.

From the back matter of A Survey of the City of Worcester by Valentine Green (1764). 

December 30, 2011
Library statement contradicted by digitization and digital distribution (full color).
From the back matter of The Irish Historical Library by William Nicolson and Edward Lhuyd (1724). 

Library statement contradicted by digitization and digital distribution (full color).

From the back matter of The Irish Historical Library by William Nicolson and Edward Lhuyd (1724). 

December 25, 2011
Bookplate reads “Not to be loaned on any condition,” a statement contradicted by the transfer of ownership to Harvard (Gray Herbarium), rebinding, digitization, and digital distribution.
From the front matter of A System of Vegetables, v.1, by Carl von Linné and Johan Elmgre* (1783). 
*Metadata provided by Google Books. 

Bookplate reads “Not to be loaned on any condition,” a statement contradicted by the transfer of ownership to Harvard (Gray Herbarium), rebinding, digitization, and digital distribution.

From the front matter of A System of Vegetables, v.1, by Carl von Linné and Johan Elmgre* (1783). 

*Metadata provided by Google Books. 

December 18, 2011
Tape reading “Building use only” contradicted by digitization and distribution.
From the front cover of International Wireless Telegraph: Hearings, Sixtieth Congress, First Session (1908). 

Tape reading “Building use only” contradicted by digitization and distribution.

From the front cover of International Wireless Telegraph: Hearings, Sixtieth Congress, First Session (1908). 

December 15, 2011
Card folder reads “Do not remove or mutilate card.” Card removed (and potentially mutilated).
From the back matter of The Windy Hill by Cornelia Meigs (1921). 

Card folder reads “Do not remove or mutilate card.” Card removed (and potentially mutilated).

From the back matter of The Windy Hill by Cornelia Meigs (1921). 

December 12, 2011
Stamped library statement (“Non-circulating book”) contradicted by digitization and digital distribution.
From the back matter of Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, v. 45, ed. by C. D. Warner, et. al. (1897). [Here]

Stamped library statement (“Non-circulating book”) contradicted by digitization and digital distribution.

From the back matter of Library of the World’s Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, v. 45, ed. by C. D. Warner, et. al. (1897). [Here]