I just learned about The Book Inscription Project: “We collect personal messages written in ink (or pen or marker or crayon or grape jelly) inside books. Pictures count. So do poems. So do notes on paper found in a book. The more heartfelt the better.”
I think the project is a wonderful idea, maybe because I have a favorite inscription of my own. When I first started collecting books about single life, I learned about a 1936 book by Marjorie Hillis called Live Alone and Like It. I would have forked over the money for a new copy but at the time, there were only used copies available.
When the beaten-up copy arrived, with its orange hardcover and yellowed pages coming unglued from the spine, I found a hand-written note on the inside.