Throughout An Almanack for the Year of our Lord 1657 by S. B. (1657). Original from Indiana University. Digitized August 9, 2011.
From the front matter of A Voyage to Suratt by John Ovington (1696). Original from the Bavarian State Library. Digitized May 5, 2010.
Marginalia including phrases from an identification rhyme.
Throughout Vox Stellarum: or, A Loyal Almanac for the Year of Human Redemption (1777). Original from Princeton University. Digitized May 6, 2009.
From the back matter of Epitome of the Art of Navigation: or, A Short, Easy, and Methodical Way to Become a Compleat Navigator by James Atkinson and William Mountaine (1765). Original from Harvard University. Digitized April 3, 2008.
From p. 1 of The Cork Remembrancer by John Fitzgerald (1783). Original from the New York Public Library. Digitized October 18, 2007.
Marginalia: “Bright with this star’s reflected glow— / Brighter, since Christ too [dared?] to go!”
From p. 82 of Youth: And Other Poems by Charles Hanson Towne (1911). Original from Harvard University. Digitized February 23, 2009.
Working out some algebra in the endpapers.
From the back matter of The Boy’s Own Book: A Complete Encyclopedia of All the Diversions, Athletic, Scientific, and Recreative, of Boyhood and Youth by William Clarke (1829). Original from Oxford University. Digitized October 31, 2007.
From p. 105 of New Complete Palmistry: Containing the Most Simple Presentations of the Science of Modern Palmistry, Including All of the Discoveries, Investigations and Researches of Centuries by Julius and Agnes Zancig (1905). Does not include metadata indicating library of origination or date of digitization.
A discrete waypoint in our understanding of what the book might become, where it is (no longer) bound. Featuring poets and artists whose work concerns the past and future of literary forms, including recipients of the Envisioning the Future of the Book commission from the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College. Interventions may include artists’ books, works between page and screen, poems made from Google Books marginalia, and Orlando re-written by the vibrations of an oak tree.
Throughout Law, Or a Discourse Thereof: In Foure Bookes by Sir Henry Finch (1627). Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized October 4, 2012.
Poem of notes: “8th Psalm / in Bible / O.T. / Secret Doctrine / (Tarot Keys) / Kabbala / Ezekiels Wheel “Ties to” / Revelation / Zodiac +”
From p. 14 of Light on the Path: A Treatise Written for the Personal Use of Those Who are Ignorant of the Eastern Wisdom and Who Desire to Enter Within Its Influence by Mabel Collins (1919). Does not include metadata indicating library of origination or date of digitization (but does include Stanford library artifacts).
Plate left folded.
From Who Was My Grandfather? by Sir Ambrose Hardinge Giffard and Edward Giffard (1865). Original from Pennsylvania State University. Digitized April 24, 2009.
Marginalia: “Cute but not very appropriate.”
From p. 89 of The Iron Heel by Jack London (1917). Original from Harvard University. Digitized November 20, 2007.
A reader asks the big questions in the margins.
…and draws a hot air balloon?
Throughout The Frontier in American History by Frederick Jackson Turner (1921). Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized September 17, 2008.
“Think of me as withdrawn into the dimness / Yours still - you mine - Remember all the best - / Of our past moments, and forget the Rest - / and so to where I wait, come gently on!”
Handwritten excerpt from William Allingham’s poem “No Funeral Gloom.”
From p. 119 of The Longfellow Birthday-Book by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, arranged by Charlotte Fiske Bates (1881). Original from Princeton University. Digitized November 26, 2008.