January 24, 2013
Title page illustration by the author-illustrator. 
From The Dune Country by Earl Howell Reed (1916). Original from the University of California. Digitized November 9, 2007.

Title page illustration by the author-illustrator. 

From The Dune Country by Earl Howell Reed (1916). Original from the University of California. Digitized November 9, 2007.

December 17, 2012

Stamps that trace the owner’s practice through Billings, Wenatchee, Enumclaw, and Cashmere

From the front matter of The ABC of Fitting Glasses: A Manual for the Optician by Edmund Turney Allen (1897). Original from the University of California. Digitized February 20, 2009.

December 10, 2012

A library paper punch adds stars to illustrated constellations.

From Salt-water Poems and Ballads by John Masefiel (1916). Original from Harvard University. Digitized March 27, 2006.

December 6, 2012
Inscription of the Grecian Coffee House, London.
From the title page of Une Journée des Parques: A Day’s Work of the Fates by Alain René Le Sage (1745). Original from Columbia University. Digitized April 13, 2009.

Inscription of the Grecian Coffee House, London.

From the title page of Une Journée des Parques: A Day’s Work of the Fates by Alain René Le Sage (1745). Original from Columbia University. Digitized April 13, 2009.

October 7, 2012

A reader plays a game with wet ink by writing in reverse and turning the page. 

From London’s Lamentations: or, A Serious Discourse Concerning That Late Fiery Dispensation that Turned Our (Once Renowned) City into a Ruinous Heap by Thomas Brooks (1670). Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Digitized October 6, 2009.

July 13, 2012

Handwritten letter, addressing author, confirms the conclusion of the text.

My dear Dr. Kunz;

Replying to your inquiry, I can recall no instance of an Eskimo of the Whale Sound region wearing a ring.

On one of my earlier expeditions I took an assortment of bright rings along in addition to needles, thimbles, (?), soap, etc. for the women of the tribe.

I found they had no attraction. Women would accept them as gifts and hang them up in their huts or houses but would not accept them in payment for anything + would not wear them.

Sorry I cannot be of more assistance to you. Best regards.

Sincerely,
Suary. 

The text reads “Rings are not in favor with the Eskimos, who do not appear to make or wear any.”

Between p. 30-31 of Rings for the Finger: From the Earliest Known Times, to the Present, with Full Descriptions of the Origin, Early Making, Materials, the Archaeology, History, for Affection, for Love, for Engagement, for Wedding, Commemorative, Mourning, Etc. by George Frederick Kunz (1917). Original from the University of California. Digitized February 18, 2011.

April 19, 2012
I’m pretty sure Herbert Allan Gilman owned this book. 
From the title page to A Country Kid: A Rural Merry Comedy in Three Acts by Nesbit Stone Scoville (1900). Original from Harvard University. Digitized January 22, 2008.

I’m pretty sure Herbert Allan Gilman owned this book. 

From the title page to A Country Kid: A Rural Merry Comedy in Three Acts by Nesbit Stone Scoville (1900). Original from Harvard University. Digitized January 22, 2008.

December 26, 2011
Large signature on title page.
From Poetical Remains of French Laurence, D.C.L., M.P. and Richard Laurence, D.C.L., Archbishop of Cashel, ed. Henry Cotton (1872). 

Large signature on title page.

From Poetical Remains of French Laurence, D.C.L., M.P. and Richard Laurence, D.C.L., Archbishop of Cashel, ed. Henry Cotton (1872). 

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. 

November 8, 2011

Name and address written into the front endpapers; matched to current NYC address using Google Maps.

From the front endpapers of Robert Hamet, the Lame Cobbler (1833). [GB-Here] and [GM-Here]

October 16, 2011

Notes in English and Latin detailing the book’s (mis)adventures: the gift of an ambassador, and a stint in a Rothenburg library, among others.

From the front matter of Religio Medici, by Thomas Browne (1682). [Here]

October 2, 2011

Part of the book’s provenance documented in stamps; it was in the ownership of Dr. John C. Peters, who then presented it to the New York Academy of Medicine. They donated to the New Hampshire State Library until it was discarded; from there, It made its way to the Boston Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine (Google notes that it is currently in Harvard’s collection; the Countway is “an alliance of the Boston Medical Library and Harvard Medical School”).

From the front matter of On Diseases of the Skin, by Sir Erasmus Wilson (1857). [Here]

August 5, 2011
Title page with ownership marks (“Molly Briscoes [sic]”, “Patty Briscoe”, University of Virginia library stamp), partially obscured (by placeholder?).
From front matter of Sermons to Young Women, v.2 by James Fordyce (1767). [Here]

Title page with ownership marks (“Molly Briscoes [sic]”, “Patty Briscoe”, University of Virginia library stamp), partially obscured (by placeholder?).

From front matter of Sermons to Young Women, v.2 by James Fordyce (1767). [Here]

August 4, 2011
Provenance; “From the author” inscribed on fly title page
From the front matter of The Elements of Mechanics by James Renwick (1832). [Here]

Provenance; “From the author” inscribed on fly title page

From the front matter of The Elements of Mechanics by James Renwick (1832). [Here]

July 18, 2011
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]

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]