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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Short Circuit

Motor Matt's Short CircuitThe latest Motor Stories adventure to reach Project Gutenberg by way of Distributed Proofreaders is #28, Motor Matt’s Short Circuit; or, The Mahout’s Vow. This story finds Motor Matt continuing his career as an “aĆ«roplane” stunt pilot for the circus and fending off yet another revenge plot from an old foe. In the grand dime novel tradition of animal attacks, readers can expect to be thrilled by both a rampaging elephant and a mid-air encounter with a venomous snake along the way.

As usual, the main feature is supplemented by a bit of filler, in this case a story about the discovery of treasure in the Bahamas and a narrative about a domesticated wild goose.

The entire book may be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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Newspaper Poetry: “Raising the Devil”

Contemporary newspapers rarely contain poetry, but this was not always so. Both well known as well as original verse were often published in local as well as national newspapers. Indeed these may have been some of the more well loved and – read aloud – parts of any issue.

An example of a reprint of better known poem at the time occurs in the recently digitized “National Defender” – published Tuesday, February 17, 1857 provides an example. Written by “Thomas Ingoldsby” – pen-name for Richard Barham, this poems, Raising the Devil was republished from the December 27th, 1841 issue of Bentley’s Miscellany:

Raising the Devil: A Legend of Albertus Magnus

“And hast thou never enough?” he said,
That gray Old Man, above whose head
Unnumbered years have rolled —
“And host thou nerve to view,” he cried,
“The incarnate Fiend that Heaven defied?
Art thou indeed so bold?

“Say, can’st thou, with unshrinking gaze,
Sustain, rash youth, the withering blaze
Of that unearthly eye,
That blasts where’er it lights — the breath
Thank, like the simon, scatters death
On all that yet can die!

“Darest thou confront that fearful form,
That rides the whirlwind and the storm
In wild unholy revel?
The terrors of that blasted brow,
Archangel’s once, though ruined now —
Ay — dar’st thou face THE DEVIL?”

“I dare!” the desperate youth replied,
And placed him by the Old Man’s side,
In fierce and frantic glee,
Unblanched his check and firm his limb;
— “No paltry juggling fiend, but HIM!
THE DEVIL! I fain would see!
In all his Gorgon terrors clad,
His worst, his fellest shape!” the Lad
Rejoined in reckless tone
“Have then thy wish!” Albertus said,
And sighed, and shook his hoary head,
With many a bitter groan.

He drew the mystic circle’s bound,
With skull and cross bones fences around!
He traced full many a sig’l there;
He muttered many a backward prayer,
That sounded like a curse —
“He comes!” he cried, with wild grimace,
The fellest of Apollyon’s race!”
Then in his startled pupil’s face
He dashed — an EMPTY PURSE?

— Thomas Ingoldsby, Esq.


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Content Roundup – Fourth Week – June 2016

Front cover, selection,  "His Substitute Mother", Chicago Ledger, v. XLVI, no. 45, Saturday, November 9, 1918

Front cover, selection, “His Substitute Mother”, Chicago Ledger, v. XLVI, no. 45, Saturday, November 9, 1918

This week finds a number of interesting new items for your reading and research, including: new Dime Novel and Story Paper issues, more issues of the National Defender, and a host of Daily Doodles images!

Dime Novel and Popular Culture

Fiction

Diamond Dick, Jr. (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457924]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457962]

Non-Fiction

Book of special secrets
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465238]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:458049]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:458078]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Selection, [3] p.,  "Grand Balloon Ascension", National Defender, v. I, no. 38, Tuesday, April 28, 1857, [Whole Number: 38]

Selection, [3] p., “Grand Balloon Ascension”, National Defender, v. I, no. 38, Tuesday, April 28, 1857, [Whole Number: 38]

National Defender (15 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465299]

Villanova Digital Collection

Doodle, "Happy Valentine's Day", February 14, 2014

Doodle, “Happy Valentine’s Day”, February 14, 2014

Daily Doodles

2013 (47 images added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:441442]

2014 (119 images added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465929]

2015 (76 images added — completed)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:415994]


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Content Roundup – Third Week – June 2016

Front cover, Dick Gordon; or, The true Yankee sailor boy / by L. Philips

Front cover, Dick Gordon; or, The true Yankee sailor boy / by L. Philips

This week finds more issues of the National Defender newspaper from 1856 available as well as several new Dime Novel and Story Paper issues!

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Diamond Dick, Jr.’s, tough customers; or, Six feet of rope at Doolittle’s / by W. B. Lawson
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457886]

Dick Gordon; or, The true Yankee sailor boy / by L. Philips
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457331]

Non-Fiction

Secrets of New York
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457505]

Periodicals

p. 28, Chicago Ledger, v. XLVI, no. 26, Saturday, June 29, 1918

p. 28, Chicago Ledger, v. XLVI, no. 26, Saturday, June 29, 1918

Chicago Ledger (4 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:463739]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:456753]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457226]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457370]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

[1] p., National Defender, v. I, no. 22, Tuesday, January 6, 1857

[1] p., National Defender, v. I, no. 22, Tuesday, January 6, 1857

National Defender (24 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465299]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Ellis Island (10 sets added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465838]

Seamus Egan, Joanie Madden, Mary Coogan, Pat Kilbride, and Eileen Golden(8 sets added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465741]


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Content Roundup – Second Week – June 2016

Frontispiece, "An Exact and true relation of the late plots which were contrived and hatched in Ireland..."

Frontispiece, “An Exact and true relation of the late plots which were contrived and hatched in Ireland…”

Quite a few newly digitized items are available this week for your reading pleasure. Noteworthy items include: issues of an early Norristown newspaper – the “National Defender”, a set of printed stereograms narrating the story of a U.S. soldier during the Great War; a rare 1641 pamphlet from the Joseph McGarrity collection, and a number of new story paper issues and dime novels.

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Front cover

Front cover

The surgeon’s daughter / by Sir Walter Scott
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457081]

The tattooed hand; or, A strange story of sea and land / by Ed. King
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457293]

Front cover

Front cover

Tangled lives : a novel / by “Theron”
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465023]

Periodicals

[1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XXVI, no. 50, Wednesday, December 14, 1898

[1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XXVI, no. 50, Wednesday, December 14, 1898

Chicago Ledger (7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:456521]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:464834]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:456546]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:464893]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:464911]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:464929]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:464939]

Great War

"1. The Soldier"

“1. The Soldier”

Stereogram set, The Soldier to His Own Fireside
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:464968]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Masthead, National Defender

Masthead, National Defender

National Defender (collection created and 20 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465299]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Books

An Exact and true relation of the late plots which were contrived and hatched in Ireland
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:464958]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Brendan Mulvihill and Donna Long (5 sets added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465300]

Mark Carroll (7 sets added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:465326]

[1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XLV, no. 19, May 12, 1917

[1] p., Chicago Ledger, v. XLV, no. 19, May 12, 1917


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Available for proofreading: A Dangerous Flirtation

A Dangerous FlirtationOur Dime Novel and Popular Literature collection contains quite a variety of 19th-century melodramas, and several of these have gone through the rounds of Distributed Proofreaders in the past to create convenient eBook editions. However, one of the most successful American genre authors of the period, Laura Jean Libbey, has not yet been featured in our eBook creation efforts. With our latest project, that oversight is addressed: A Dangerous Flirtation will be the first of the prolific author’s many romantic works contributed from our collection to Project Gutenberg.

To help create a new electronic edition of this forgotten novel, first read this blog post to learn about the process, then join in the work at the project page.


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Content Roundup – First Week – June 2016

[1] p., The Kalamazoo Augustinian, v. VIII, no. 15, September 26, 1986

[1] p., The Kalamazoo Augustinian, v. VIII, no. 15, September 26, 1986

Take a few minutes to look at some of the newly digitized content, newly available this week, including issues of a rare Augustinian newspaper, more dime novels, and the 2016 Falvey Scholars awards; just don’t mind the heat!

Catholica

Newspapers

Kalamazoo Augustinian (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:464957]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Non-Fiction

How to get a government position
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457487]

Periodicals

Selection, p. 5 Chicago Ledger, v. XLVI, no. 21, Saturday, May 25, 1918

Selection, p. 5 Chicago Ledger, v. XLVI, no. 21, Saturday, May 25, 1918

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:454743]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:463706]

Beautiful Liane / by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller (Single issue – Sawyer’s)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:451116]

Malvern Retreat House

[1] p., Men of Malvern, V. 22, No. 2, February 1959

[1] p., Men of Malvern, V. 22, No. 2, February 1959

Men at Malvern Newsletter (6 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:203750]

Villanova Digital Collection

Falvey Scholars (2016: 5 items added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:464855]


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Available for proofreading: Some Poems of Roger Casement

Some Poems of Roger CasementIrish nationalist Roger Casement is occasionally mentioned in this blog, as when one of our images was used to illustrate a novel inspired by his life. Our latest Distributed Proofreaders project is a posthumously-published volume which highlights a lesser-known aspect of the man’s life: his poetry.

To help create a new electronic edition of this rarely-seen book, you can read this earlier blog post to learn about the process, then join in the work at the project page.


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Content Roundup – Last Week – May 2016

"U.S.S. Florida", front pastedown, Scrapbook of Grady H. W. Lockhart, U.S. Marine in WWI

“U.S.S. Florida”, inside front cover, Scrapbook of Grady H. W. Lockhart, U.S. Marine in WWI

The heat is on! So take a moment to cool down with a refreshing spritz of reading materials, newly digitized for your consideration. Especially noteworthy is a scrapbook of a United States Marine serving seaside on the U.S.S. Florida during the Great War. More issues of the Gaelic Journal and two volumes of a rare engraved bible are among the other offerings for this week!

Dime novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Diamond Dick’s Jr.’s, Durango Dozen; or, The vampires of Vallecita / by W. B. Lawson
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457848]

Non-fiction

Volume of funny stories
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:457469]

Periodicals

Chicago Ledger (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:452925]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:463673]

Great War

Grady H. W. Lockhart, U.S. Marines WWI, photo 1, recto

Grady H. W. Lockhart, U.S. Marines WWI, photo 1, recto

Scrapbook of Grady H. W. Lockhart, U.S. Marine in WWI
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:464242]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspaper

Detailed capital, selection [129] p., The Gaelic journal, v. XI, August, 1901, Whole Number 132

Detailed capital, selection [129] p., The Gaelic journal, v. XI, August, 1901, Whole Number 132

The Gaelic Journal (25 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:454352]

La Salle University

[47] p., the Holy Bible [v. 3: Psalms to Malachi] / ornamented with engravings by James Fittler

[47] p., the Holy Bible [v. 3: Psalms to Malachi] / ornamented with engravings by James Fittler

The Holy Bible, ornamented with engravings by James Fittler (2 volumes added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:464241]

Philadelphia Ceili Group

Evening Ceili (10 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:464700]


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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Engagement

Motor Matt's EngagementAnother Motor Stories adventure has been released to Project Gutenberg through our collaboration with Distributed Proofreaders. In Motor Matt’s Engagement; or, On the Road with a Show, Motor Matt has signed up to do aerial stunts in a circus only to be reunited with an old friend and involved in a mystery. The volume also includes some interesting filler material, including a (factually-questionable) article on the capture of a huge python and a broad overview of life in Burma that offers a more positive portrayal than one might expect from this period.

As usual, the entire issue can be read online or downloaded in eBook format through Project Gutenberg.


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