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eBook available: Countess Vera

Countess VeraFresh from Distributed Proofreaders comes another Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller novel in eBook form: Countess Vera; or, The Oath of Vengeance, a tale first serialized in the New York Family Story Paper in October, 1882 and later published as part of Lovell’s Library. Like the earlier The Rose and the Lily, this melodramatic story is written entirely in the present tense, and like many of Mrs. Miller’s novels, it deals with themes of premature burial and revenge (in addition to the perhaps more expected romance).

The Lovell’s Library edition used as the basis for the new eBook also includes a short story called “The Mysterious Beauty,” dealing with the misadventures of an Englishman who travels overseas with a niece in order to improve his health. This “filler” story is almost certainly not written by Mrs. Miller and most likely was taken from some British periodical. However, at this time, an earlier source has not yet been identified.

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


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Content Roundup – Fourth Week – April 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: April 24, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Gatefold, La Passion de notre frère le Poilu

Gatefold, La Passion de notre frère le Poilu

This week find a number of new Lusitania materials, more newspaper issues from a variety of collections, and a rare French Great War illustrated book of poetry. Sit back and browse!

Catholica Collection

The Hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States (25 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:397006]

Newspapers

Front cover, The Boys' and Girls' Weekly Catholic Magazine, v. 1, no. 25, Saturday, November 21, 1846

Front cover, The Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine, v. 1, no. 25, Saturday, November 21, 1846

Boys’ and Girls’ Catholic Weekly Magazine (17 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:398772]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature


Fiction

Captain Carey; or, Fighting the Indians at Pine Ridge / by Lieut. Lounsberry
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:400645]

Periodicals

Comfort, v. XX, no. 4, February 1908
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:399829]

Great War

p. 5, La Passion de notre frère le Poilu

p. 5, La Passion de notre frère le Poilu

La Passion de notre frère le Poilu : illustrations en couleurs de Léon Lebègue / Marc Leclerc
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:400447]

Box, top, Lusitania medal.

Box, top, Lusitania medal.

Lusitania medal
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:400962]

Narcotic register scrapbook
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:400908]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Ad, from p. 16, The Irish Republic, v. 1, no. 33, December 14, 1867.

Ad, from p. 16, The Irish Republic, v. 1, no. 33, December 14, 1867.

Irish Republic (17 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:398433]

World Collection

Lusitania menu

Lusitania menu

Lusitania Menu and Ticket collection, 1913
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:400970]

Postcard, To: B. M. Landstaff From: Jack Chevalier, June 9, 1909
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:400904]

"Washington and Lincoln", p. 13, Comfort, v. XX, no. 4, February 1908

“Washington and Lincoln”, p. 13, Comfort, v. XX, no. 4, February 1908


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eBook available: The Scientific Tourist through Ireland

The Scientific Tourist through IrelandAfter several months of hard work at Distributed Proofreaders, another book from our digital collection has been released in a new electronic edition. The Scientific Tourist through Ireland, published in 1818, is a guidebook for readers planning to visit Ireland. After a general introduction to some of the types of sights to be seen, the bulk of the volume consists of a county-by-county breakdown of noteworthy sites. The “Scientific” aspect alluded to by the title is the fact that, in addition to historical and cultural destinations, the book also notes the locations of interesting plants and minerals across the island.

Not surprisingly, much of the volume is a fairly dry read, written in a terse, abbreviated style to cram the maximum amount of information into relatively few pages. However, the author does still find time for the occasional unexpected anecdote or aside, such as this one, in reference to a ruined Divinity School in the district of Fenaught:

The E. window is considered as a specimen of very curious workmanship; and the tourist must not fail to notice a line drawn across the middle of the eastern gable, with a figure on the N. side, about 12 feet from the ground, said to represent an evil spirit who was very troublesome to St. Cullin, the founder, during the period of its erection, this black gentleman acting the part of Penelope towards her suitors, and pulling down in the night what the Saint and his holy comrades had set up during the day. To check the troublesome intruder, the Saint blessed some ropes and drew them one night along the top of the building, when the Spirit, like a fly in a spider’s nest, got entangled in the ropes, and being unable to extricate himself, was caught by the monks in the morning, who gave him some sound correction for his offence, but set him loose again upon the public, as is too often done by our modern police, and pretty much, perhaps, for similar purposes.

For those wishing to learn more about what the early 19th century traveler could discover in Ireland, the entire text may be read or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – Third Week – April 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: April 17, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, When the Lusitania went down / by Charles McCarron and Nat. Vincent

Front cover, When the Lusitania went down / by Charles McCarron and Nat. Vincent

Steam with us to syncopated beat as we add newly digitized materials related to the World War I sinking of the Lusitania including a propaganda medal and two musical scores. More Catholic newspapers and young adult fiction title round out the week’s available offerings.

Catholica

Newspapers

The Catholic Standard and Times (1916: 14 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:395072]

[33] p., The Boys' and Girls' Weekly Catholic Magazine, v. 1, no. 5, Saturday, July 4, 1846

[33] p., The Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine, v. 1, no. 5, Saturday, July 4, 1846

Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Catholic Magazine (7 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:397737]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:397747]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:397755]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:397765]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:398317]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:398327]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:398337]


Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Boys of the Central: a high-school story / by I.T. Thurston
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:398887]

Great War

Obverse

Obverse

Great Britain 1917 – WW1 Goethe Anti-German Propaganda Brass Medal – Nach Paris
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:396441]

Musical score, When the Lusitania went down / by Charles McCarron and Nat. Vincent
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:399779]

Musical score, Then the boys will come home again / words and music by W. A. Stroube
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:399787]

World

Lithograph, Lusitania.

Lithograph, Lusitania.

The Cunard Line Steamships: Lusitania and Mauretania
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:400316]


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Available for proofreading: Addie’s Husband

Addie's HusbandOur latest title to enter Distributed Proofreaders is Addie’s Husband; or, Through Clouds to Sunshine, a 19th century romance novel by British author Mrs. Gordon Smythies. This particular edition of the novel was published as part of the extremely long-running Seaside Library, a series that included inexpensive reprints of a wide variety of works.

To learn about how the proofreading process works, see this earlier post. To help with the work of producing a new electronic edition of the text, visit the project page.


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Content Roundup – Second Week – April 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: April 10, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, Un Combat dans le Sacramento

Front cover, Un Combat dans le Sacramento

Enjoy a few new items this week! Especially noteworthy are the first digitized issues of the Fenian newspaper, “The Irish Republic”, from 1867, and the initial parts of a large collection of plates documenting a snapshot of the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church in 1888.

Catholica Collection

Plate, The Right Rev. Rupert Seidenbusch, D.D., O.S.B., Bishop of Halia and Vicar Apostolic of Northern Minnesota

Plate, The Right Rev. Rupert Seidenbusch, D.D., O.S.B., Bishop of Halia and Vicar Apostolic of Northern Minnesota

The Hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States (59 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:397006]


Newspapers

The Catholic Standard and Times (1916: 3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:395072]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Covers and Illustrations

Un Combat dans le Sacramento
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:396752]

Paratextual Materials

New York Family Story Paper Bride of the Tomb 1887 calendar

New York Family Story Paper Bride of the Tomb 1887 calendar

New York Family Story Paper Bride of the Tomb 1887 calendar
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:396115]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspapers

Masthead, The Irish Republic : a journal of liberty, literature, and social progress, v. 1, no. 5, June 1, 1867

Masthead, The Irish Republic : a journal of liberty, literature, and social progress, v. 1, no. 5, June 1, 1867

Irish Republic (5 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Collection/vudl:398433]

Plate, The Right Rev. Alfred A. Curtis, D.D., Bishop of Wilmington, Del.

Plate, The Right Rev. Alfred A. Curtis, D.D., Bishop of Wilmington, Del.


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Content Roundup – First Week – April 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: April 2, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXIX, No. 62 [63 sic], December 21, 1918

Front cover, Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXIX, No. 62 [63 sic], December 21, 1918

A few new items are online this week. Of particular note is the Great War scrapbook created by Margaret Emilia Brunner, of her husband, Major Francis Wilfred Brunner who was an officer in the Royal Scots Fusiliers. Major Brunner was killed at age 44 on September 8th, 1915 during the Gallipoli campaign after surrendering to Turkish forces; he was bayoneted to death while a captive prisoner. Have a happy Easter and Passover!

Catholica

The Hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States (3 parts added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:397007]

Newspapers

The Catholic Standard and Times (1916: 3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:395072]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

The airship boys in the great war; or, The rescue of Bob Russell / by De Lysle F. Cass
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:396481]

Periodicals

Comfort, v. XX, no. 8, June 1908

Comfort, v. XX, no. 8, June 1908

Comfort (6 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:397168]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:397198]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:397232]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:397262]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:397291]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:397317]

Front cover, The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 48, no. 1232, May 31, 1890

Front cover, The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record, v. 48, no. 1232, May 31, 1890

The illustrated police news, law courts and weekly record (3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:396922]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:396940]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:396958]

Front cover, he young engineer; or, Fighting against odds / by Howard Devere

Front cover, he young engineer; or, Fighting against odds / by Howard Devere

Wide Awake Library (2 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:392209]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:392243]

Great War

Selection, [132] p., Margaret Emilia Brunner Scrapbook, 1914-1915

Selection, [132] p., Margaret Emilia Brunner Scrapbook, 1914-1915

Margaret Emilia Brunner Scrapbook, 1914-1915
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:397775]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

[11] p. Ardmore Chronicle - Volume XXIX, No. 61 [62 sic], December 14, 1918

[11] p. Ardmore Chronicle – Volume XXIX, No. 61 [62 sic], December 14, 1918

Ardmore Chronicle (1918: 17 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:394423]

Malvern Retreat House

Front cover, Men of Malvern, V. 18 No. 9 December 1956

Front cover, Men of Malvern, V. 18 No. 9 December 1956

Men of Malvern (13 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:203750]

World

The secrete log-boke of Christopher Columbus
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:398062]


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eBook available: Motor Matt’s Promise

Motor Matt's PromiseThe adventures of Motor Matt continue in the latest Project Gutenberg release from Distributed Proofreaders and our Digital Library. In Motor Stories #14, Motor Matt’s Promise; or, The Wreck of the Hawk, the motor boys continue their New Orleans adventures, with the situation complicated by the involvement of Matt’s rogueish doppelganger, Joe Dashington, who enlivens the story with lengthy bursts of slang such as:

“On the level, Whistler, you’ve got past my guard. But what’s the diff? You’re one-two-seven with me for lifting me out of that bunch of trouble. But, tell me, whose game of muggins is this, and what’s the stake? Anything higher than two-call-five and a quarter to see puts me out of the running. You’ve heard of the bank that broke the man at Monte Carlo? Well, listen—I’m It. Please drop that dizzy front, old fel, and tell me why you’re a counterfeit. Not being a has-wasser myself, I’m game for anything that promises kopecks, simoleons, or anything white or yellow with the eagle bird and E Pluribus Get-there on the side. Have one?”

The main adventure is followed by an assortment of filler material, including the conclusion to the previous volume’s two-part war story and non-fiction articles on such topics as logging and ostrich raising.

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


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eBook available: The Square Jaw

Square JawThe latest completed title out of Distributed Proofreaders is Henry Ruffin and André Tudesq’s The Square Jaw, a collection of articles written by the two French war correspondents during the first World War and translated into English for this collection.

Since these were reported as events were happening, and because they were aimed at the French public, the tone of these writings differs in some ways from many other accounts of the conflict. While many of the usual horrors are on display, the tone of the pieces has a certain underlying optimism — clearly intended to boost morale — and there is a very strong focus on the friendship between France and Britain and the honor of British troops. Specific details about times and places are often intentionally excluded, though there are some thorough accounts of the fates of certain small French country towns.

While this book certainly doesn’t give the modern reader a thorough perspective on the conflict, it is an interesting glimpse into what some of the people most affected by the war may have been reading while it was going on around them. The full text can be read online or downloaded through Project Gutenberg.


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Content Roundup – Last Week – March 2015

  • Posted by: Michael Foight
  • Posted Date: March 27, 2015
  • Filed Under: Content Roundup
Front cover, Comfort, v. XX, no. 1, November 1907

Front cover, Comfort, v. XX, no. 1, November 1907

This week finds warmer, albeit rainy, weather and a host of newly digitized materials! Take “Comfort” in 3 new issues of this great household newspaper recovered from the dust bin of history and now available for your reading pleasure, as only one example of the many exciting reads newly available this week.

Catholica

Newspapers

The Catholic Standard and Times

1915 (21 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:388581]

1916 (9 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:395072]

Dime Novel and Popular Literature

Fiction

Yankee boys in Japan; or, The young merchants of Yokohama / by Henry Harrison Lewis
http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:396118

Periodicals

Comfort (3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:395358]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:395392]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:395426]

Front cover, The Household Companion : A journal of amusement and home topics, v. VII, no. 8, October 15, 1889

Front cover, The Household Companion : A journal of amusement and home topics, v. VII, no. 8, October 15, 1889

Household Companion (1 issue added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:385761]

Front cover, Chips and Chin Chin among the Mormons / by Peter Pad

Front cover, Chips and Chin Chin among the Mormons / by Peter Pad

Wide Awake Library (5 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:391282]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:392105]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:392139]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:392191]
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:392173]

Historical Society of Montgomery County

Ardmore Chronicle

1917 (3 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:387825]

1918 (18 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:394423]

Joseph McGarrity Collection

Newspaper

Deutsche Warschauer Zeitung (35 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:360347]

Malvern Retreat House

Malvern Retreat House Newsletters

Front cover, Men of Malvern, V. 17 No. 8 August 1955

Front cover, Men of Malvern, V. 17 No. 8 August 1955

Men of Malvern (23 issues added)
[http://digital.library.villanova.edu/Item/vudl:203750]

Front cover, Shorty Jr. on his ear; or, Always on a racket : a sequel to "Shorty Jr." / by the author of "Shorty"

Front cover, Shorty Jr. on his ear; or, Always on a racket : a sequel to “Shorty Jr.” / by the author of “Shorty”


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