Book Inscriptions website
|The Book Inscriptions Project is a pretty amazing site; it collects digital images of book inscriptions as found art. Like this one:|
Or this one:
Or, most simply, this one:
Trolling through this strangely moving website reminded me of Simplicius' wonderful discussion of reading the marginalia in the copy of Keats's Collected Poems that he inherited from one of his favorite college professors, who was retiring and giving away his old books. The professor had written in the margins of the book while a grad student or a junior professor, and Simplicius writes: "I love this fleeting glimpse of my professor as a young man, someone I obviously could never know, but, here, in this one book, can imagine as he was in the 1940s." One of my personal BtR favorites, which I thought I'd refer you to, since we're in the middle of a summer slowdown.
They accept reader submissions at the Book Inscriptions Website. A whole new reason for leafing through used book stores.