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Please help start a list of text that need to be proofread. Larger text are preferred because we hope to have a large group of people working on the text of the month. Here is a great place to start looking for text to be proofread.

List of suggested works not actioned[edit]


Short works requiring validation[edit]

Have problematic pages

Translations, not eligible for simple listing

New works of less than 30 pages to be added to QUEUED


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A list of potential PotM candidates[edit]

On the transcription project, there is a good list of text that are ready to be proofread. That list is available here. This list continues to grow so it would be great if we could knock it down. --Mattwj2002 11:03, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

My person opinion, If people keep bringing in projects (and I have seen it) then they should do a good part of the editing. Some, whoever they are, bring in works for others to do and the work-load adds up. Too, if the texts are brought in and left for others, then others may not like the topic so the work load keeps building up. It would be nice to know [who] likes what to work on. *I* like history and specifically illustrated history* but not children’s books or poems. I have several more volumes to do and more I want to do after that. This way I work on what I brought in, or have another bring in because he/they like the same kind of work. --Maury (talk) 01:33, 1 December 2016 (UTC)

Calendar 2017[edit]


Month Work Category Status
January Index:Treatise on Soap Making.djvu
Index:Church Seats and Kneeling Boards.djvu
Index:The Post Office of Fifty Years Ago.djvu
Index:Paper and Its Uses.djvu
Quirky Yes check.svg completed
February Index:Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.djvu Fiction Yes check.svg completed
March Index:Women Wanted.djvu Wikipedia:WikiWomen's History Month / Woman author Yes check.svg completed
April Index:The Book of Scottish Song.djvu Poetry / Drama Yes check.svg completed
May Index:Tourist's Maritime Provinces.djvu
Index:Savage Island.djvu
Index:The Boy Travellers in the Russian Empire.djvu
Geography (little known area) Yes check.svg completed
June Index:Thoreau - His Home, Friends and Books (1902).djvu
Index:The Earliest Lives of Dante (Smith 1901).djvu
Index:Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Ingram, 5th ed.).djvu
Index:The Story of Nell Gwyn.djvu
Biography Yes check.svg completed
July Index:The_Maine_Woods_(1864).djvu Natural History Yes check.svg completed
August Index:The place of magic in the intellectual history of Europe.djvu
Index:The Melanesians Studies in their Anthropology and Folklore.djvu
Anthropology, Mythology, or Religion Yes check.svg completed
September Index:My Bondage and My Freedom (1855).djvu
Index:Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.djvu
Index:Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1892).djvu
WS:RT Yes check.svg completed
October Index:Guy Boothby--A Bid for Fortune.djvu Fiction selected
November Validation month Working on finishing proofread works

January 2017[edit]

  • A Treatise on Soap-making (1807) [1] 160 pp selected and now complete
  • The Mutiny of the Bengal Army (1857) [2] 62 pp already here and proofread
  • Church Seats and Kneeling Boards (1876) [3] 26 pp selected and now complete
  • The Post Office of fifty years ago (1887) (contains a reprint of Rowland Hill's proposal for Penny Post and a facsimile of the original sketch for the stamp) [4] 182 pp selected and completed
  • Old Castles (1868) [5] 92 pp
  • Instruments of the Modern Symphony Orchestra (1917) [6] 74 pp too many images and has score snippets on every second page of the body of the work—best if I do it myself
  • Paper and Its Uses: A Treatise for Printers, Stationers and Others (1914) [7] 250pp selected

February 2017[edit]

  • Robert Tressall's 1914 The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists [8] is widely regarded as a classic working-class novel Beeswaxcandle (talk) 18:37, 31 December 2016 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support. We'll need to set up a style guide early on in order to alert participants to some of the dialectical spellings, places where {{' '}} is needed, and decide how to format the few letters (correspondence) which appear in the text. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:40, 31 December 2016 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support also. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 02:56, 22 January 2017 (UTC)

March 2017[edit]

  • My Own Affairs by Princess Louise of Belgium [9] gives a different perspective on the Great War and about life in a European Court. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 09:00, 16 December 2016 (UTC)
    While this would be a great book, the translator died in 1949 so it is not PD in life+70 jurisdictions. While that doesn't mean it can't be on Wikisource it would mean that editors from Britain and Ireland couldn't legally join in. BethNaught (talk) 10:18, 3 January 2017 (UTC)
Maybe something by Author:Emma Orczy? John Carter (talk) 16:48, 23 January 2017 (UTC)
Some more: Index:The Autobiography of an Indian Princess.djvu, Index:Arabia, Egypt, India - A Narrative of Travel.djvu, Index:Wanderings of a Pilgrim Vol 1.djvu. Hrishikes (talk) 17:18, 23 January 2017 (UTC)
I am clearly crossing the "overkill" lines with this, but this page might have a few ideas. John Carter (talk) 17:24, 23 January 2017 (UTC)
  • I would like to propose two stories by Mary Wright Plummer (there is still no her author's page here): Roy and Ray in Mexico (on the IA: edition of 1907 — two scans — first and second; edition of 1912 — one scan), and Roy and Ray in Canada (on the IA: edition of 1908 — also two scans — first and second; edition of 1912 — also one scan). She was a prominent librarian, so she has some relation to wikisourceans (since wikisourceans are also librarians, at some bit). And, in addition, these stories likely would be interesting for inhabitants of US (for which Mexico and Canada are neighbors) and Canada (one of the described countries), of which there are many of readers and editors of the en-WS. P. S. Since these books could be easily considered as "lighter works", I don't anyhow oppose if it happens that they are to be moved for December. --Nigmont (talk) 21:29, 28 January 2017 (UTC)
  • It seems that current selection for the March — Women Wanted — will be done soon... In addition to my proposal(s) above: I have created the authors page for Mary Wright Plummer, and uploaded to the Commons scans of both of those works (now they could be found in the commons:Category:Mary Wright Plummer texts (English)). If current absence of the pageindexes is the major problem of my proposals then I could easily fix that problem and create those indexes, if it would help to the nomination. And thanks to EncycloPetey for the comment below. --Nigmont (talk) 23:30, 10 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Most of these suggestions are fiction, which is outside the remit of the topic of Women's History, (or there are problems with the Index: that need to be fixed before making a PotM). I propose that one of the following be chosen: Beeswaxcandle (talk) 07:30, 28 February 2017 (UTC)
    Economic Effects of the World War on Women and Children in Great Britain (WWI)
    Women Wanted (WWI)
    Under the Guns (US Civil War)
    • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment The "Women's History" is a Wikipedia effort. In the past, we have gone with any book authored by a woman, and have not limited our selection beyond that. That is: a popular or significant book authored by a woman is part of "Women's History", and our selection does not have to be a book about women in history. --EncycloPetey (talk)

I would support Women Wanted (being the 100th anniv. of American involvement in the War). The particular version linked to above, however, has missing text issues. I would choose another IA version of the same work. There are several, and one version I came across contains illustrations [10]. I checked the text for errors, and all seems in order. Londonjackbooks (talk) 13:24, 28 February 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg selected Beeswaxcandle (talk) 08:09, 1 March 2017 (UTC)
I agree, it looks like an excellent book with quality photos. —Maury (talk) 00:03, 11 March 2017 (UTC)

April 2017[edit]

I don't sure that this proposal would be generally accepted because of large size of the book, and that many people may be required to complete proofreading it (600 pages in a month is about 20 pages to be proofread daily — that is at least 2-4 people working on proofread at daily basis); but as of me personally — if this work would be selected than I try to participate on it (provided that I would not be busy IRL or elsewhere in that time), I think that a book of national songs tends to be interesting at the most instances. --Nigmont (talk) 18:18, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
Both The Book of Scottish Song and Sisyphys have layout issues that make them problematic for PotM. Can I suggest we have a go at Women's Voices? It's an anthology of 85 poets and about 200 poems, published in 1887. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 03:51, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
Could you give a more specific criticism than "layout issues"? I know of nothing in Sisyphus that would be more of a layout problem than what I see in your suggestion. --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:10, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
It's more about the problems of ensuring consistency of approach throughout. Sisyphus has three different speech layouts (on page 8 all of them) that will need careful consideration on how best to approach them and still make the transclusion look OK. For Scottish Song the double-columns, page borders (in multiple colours), headings in blackletter, and prefatory remarks at the head of most poems on top of the dialect makes this one challenging to get consistency across multiple editors who aren't invested in the work. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 06:47, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
I see only 2 speech layouts done according to a single rule: If the first line of the speech begins as a new line of text, it begins on the line below the name of the speaker, but if the first line of the speech continues a previous line, then it is indented to follow from the previous line and the speaker's name appears on the same line. --EncycloPetey (talk) 16:52, 1 April 2017 (UTC)
Length is not my consideration here. We did indeed knock off a long work quite quickly in March. However, that was prose and we're looking a poetry this month, which is harder to work quickly on by dint of the indents. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 06:47, 30 March 2017 (UTC)
I agree with Billinghurst that 600 pages is not a problem. If there is a consistent poetic style to be applied (or a small number to be applied consistently), I think was can still do that. BD2412 T 22:17, 1 April 2017 (UTC)
<shrug> In that case Index:The Book of Scottish Song.djvu is selected. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 00:06, 2 April 2017 (UTC)
We should add formatting guidance to the Talk page, if it is not already being done. Someone with knowledge of the nature of the book (with reference to poetry formatting, sectioning, etc.). I have not yet looked it over very thoroughly myself, but will... Londonjackbooks (talk) 00:23, 2 April 2017 (UTC)
EncycloPetey said they would leave guidance once they have taken a look around a bit more. Londonjackbooks (talk) 00:38, 2 April 2017 (UTC)

May 2017[edit]

Smuggling from St. Pierre-Miquelon available at here. They don't get much more "little known" than w:Saint Pierre and Miquelon. Maybe with one of a few other works on the same area available at, of which The tourist's Maritime Provinces : with chapters on the Gaspé shore, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Miquelon Islands here seems most substantial. Maybe alternatively adding something like Basil Thompson's Savage Island about Niue and Tonga, available here, because Niue might be one of the few places less known than Saint Pierre and Miquelon. John Carter (talk) 17:51, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

Alternately, Author:Robert Henry Codrington's The Melanesians: Studies in their Anthropology and Folk-Lore, which has a scan available at, is still counted among the leading anthropological works, specifically in the anthropology of religion subfield, out there. John Carter (talk) 16:06, 1 February 2017 (UTC)
- The "Smuggling" text in looks rather bad, as far as the ocr-text is concerned.
- "Tourist's Maritime Provinces" (516 pages) and "Savage Island" (290 pages) look much better.
- The Melanesians is also good quality, has 450 pages. --Dick Bos (talk) 09:42, 11 April 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support for all suggestions above, if the scans are up to par, with preference to Smuggling and Tourist's Maritime Provinces due to a slight personal bias towards Canadian geography :) —Beleg Tâl (talk) 12:09, 11 April 2017 (UTC)

The Tourist's Maritime Provinces is selected as the first work, with Savage Island as the second. Let's keep Smuggling for January when we're doing shorter works (there's only about 10 pages of text). Also, I'll put The Melanesians into August as the second work of anthropology. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 20:51, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Whizzed through the two works fairly quickly, so I've thrown in a more complex book in for the rest of the month, that looks at the Russian Empire in the late 19th Century from a American tourist perspective. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 08:06, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

June 2017[edit]

Symbol support vote.svg Support, a good choice. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 12:10, 11 April 2017 (UTC)
Just in case: I have created the author's page, and also uploaded a file of the book on the Commons: File:Thoreau - His Home, Friends and Books (1902).djvu; if needed, I can also create the index for it (if this is formally required for the nomination to be accepted as PotM). --Nigmont (talk) 19:09, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
An Index page is not required for a nomination, but it does help if the Index page is created before the new PotM becomes active. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:29, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
All right, I created the index as well: Index:Thoreau - His Home, Friends and Books (1902).djvu. But it should be noticed that one page is absent in the file—the page 167 (166 is followed by 168 in the file). I don't know yet how to deal with such a problem, and I hope some other users would help on this. --Nigmont (talk) 20:03, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
In addition: the file that I uploaded to the Commons (and then created index of which) is the file taken from this place:, this is the original publication of the 1902 year. Also another scan of the same edition exists:, I didn't choose it for uploading because it seemed to me not so good as the first one; but this second scan still has 167 page missed in the first one... --Nigmont (talk) 20:17, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
You might post a request for repair in the Scriptorium. There's a special section for that. We usually want to start proofreading with a complete scan, in order to avoid complications. --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:52, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
File replaced with a copy with that page in it. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 07:39, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
Looks like this 1969 replacement copy has an "Image missing facing p193", per User:SkakespeareFan00. --EncycloPetey (talk) 16:11, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
The image in question exists in the previously uploaded scan, though without a caption (this replacement scan has captions). The individual text-pages appear to be identical though, perhaps it would be wisest to take page 167 from this replacement scan and insert it into the other scan? —Beleg Tâl (talk) 16:47, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
(sorry for prolonged answer from me): really, I don't understand what did ShakespeareFan00 mean. Now I've downloaded new version of the file (that one to which Beeswaxcandle replaced the previous one, where 167 is missed), and I don't see any problems with page 193 (number is regarding the numbering in the original book, not as in the file) and pages around it. The image, which goes near 193, follows the page 194, and it exists in both versions of the file (and it has number 221 in both files, if according to numbering of the file). P. S. But I support the idea of Beleg Tâl: to insert missing page 167 from the second scan into the proper place of the first scan (produced from original 1902 year's edition), and replace the file to it. I tried to do it myself--with djvm.exe from DjVuLibre, but I failed (got error "[1-15108] Corrupted IFF file (illegal chunk id)."). --Nigmont (talk) 18:12, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
Now I've tried to fix the pages' list in the index, and now it seems to me to be good, I don't see any missing pages in this version of file. Could anyone check this too? --Nigmont (talk) 18:30, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
I don't think ShakespeareFan00 looked far enough to see that the page was after 194 instead of before page 193. I didn't look far enough either. So the newer scan is okay for proofreading. I can't help you with fixing the other DJVU file though. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 20:53, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
Yes, I agree that the current scan, since seemingly there are not missing pages in it, is sufficient to go ahead with proofreading. Probably it would be better if someone could fix the scan of the original book (in order to use it instead of reprint publication); but since we seemingly could not do this right now (none of us has sufficient skills for this)—so we may stay on using the scan of the reprint edition, I think there's no any harm of this. --Nigmont (talk) 21:22, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
I inserted page 167 and lcallly uploaded here File:Thoreau - His Home, Friends and Books (1902) fix.djvu. Note that the image at page D055 and D056 is splitted in two (in a way I cannot fix), so you cannot use this file right away but you would to shift pages. I leave the way-forward to you. If you do not need the local file, feel free to delete it.— Mpaa (talk) 09:45, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
I uploaded the fixed 1902 edition. Everything should be OK now.— Mpaa (talk) 10:01, 4 June 2017 (UTC)
@Mpaa: thank you very much for your great help! --Nigmont (talk) 20:15, 4 June 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Thoreau's biography now validated. --EncycloPetey (talk) 20:31, 8 June 2017 (UTC)
  • If we need another work, perhaps The Earliest Lives of Dante, translated from the Italian of Giovanni Boccaccio and Lionardo Bruni Aretino, by James Robinson Smith, 120pp. (1901). I recently discovered we have almost nothing at all on Dante (only a few encyclopedia articles, and Tennyson's translation of the Divine Comedy). The work I'm nominating contains translations of the earliest two biographies of Dante, one of them by the writer Boccaccio. The work is mostly straightforward prose, without notes. --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:17, 27 May 2017 (UTC)
    The index page for The Earliest Lives of Dante is up and ready: (transcription project)
  • A third possible work is T. R. H., the Prince and Princess of Wales, by H. R. Whates (1902) (transcription project) The Community Collaboration has switched over to Edward VII, and we have almost nothing by or about him. A biographical volume would make a nice addition to get that collaboration rolling. And if we don't finish it for PotM, it's still part of the Community Collaboration. --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:52, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support The Earliest Lives of Dante (it seems to me a good continuation); also The Prince and Princess of Wales is not opposed by me, though I am not sure that I myself will join to it. --Nigmont (talk) 21:49, 8 June 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support also for both, though I also have no intention to participate —Beleg Tâl (talk) 22:38, 8 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Another possibility: Index:Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1892).djvu which would add a significant autobiography that we do not currently have, and which could be selected as Featured Text for February, since that month will mark the 200th birthday of Author:Frederick Douglass. We have quite a few of Douglass' works, but nothing currently backed by a scan, and this volume (his final edition of his third autobiography) is not yet available at Wikisource, in any form or edition. I am currently setting up the Contents and Images. --EncycloPetey (talk) 13:31, 9 June 2017 (UTC)
    Scratch that option for now; the source file has a couple of serious issues, and there are no other copies at Google, IA, or Hathi from which to effect a repair. --EncycloPetey (talk) 14:59, 9 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Fourth option: Elizabeth Barrett Browning by John Henry Ingram 5th ed:(External scan) This is part of the Eminent Women series. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:28, 9 June 2017 (UTC)
I've gone with the Browning biography for number 3, mainly because I'm not keen to have the PotM and the Community Collaboration on the same topic. Best to give people a choice of what to work on. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 23:48, 10 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Fifth option (since we're moving so quickly) Peter Cunningham's The Story of Nell Gwyn, one of England's first actresses (highly regarded), later mistress to Charles II, and who since "has come to be considered a folk heroine, with a story echoing the rags-to-royalty tale of Cinderella". --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:25, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

July 2017[edit]

This July marks the 200th birthday of Henry David Thoreau, one of the most widely read and remembered American naturalists. Yet we do not have his book The Maine Woods (1864). --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:20, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

As a second July work, if time, I propose Thoreau's A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849). It should be relatively easy to proofread by July (formatting-wise), for I am chipping away at the pages containing Thoreau's poetry. It would be good to have Walden scan-backed—some day. Londonjackbooks (talk) 00:35, 29 January 2017 (UTC)
Looks good, support. John Carter (talk) 18:16, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
Note: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers has been fully proofread, and needs only validation. We could now safely pass on using that for PotM, and validate in November (if it's not already validated by then). --EncycloPetey (talk) 16:10, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

A different suggestion: we could use some help with Audubon's Ornithological Biography, vol. 2 (and the following volumes, too, of course!) --Dick Bos (talk) 20:13, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

  • Symbol support vote.svg Support as third work if necessary —Beleg Tâl (talk) 22:38, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

Just located a good scan of G. F. Rodwell's Etna: A History of the Mountain and of its Eruptions (1878) (External scan) --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:47, 27 June 2017 (UTC)

August 2017[edit]

[Copied from December 2016 proposals]
I would like to propose Lynn Thorndike's The Place of Magic in the Intellectual History of Europe, The Columbia University Press, 1905. Probably other two works by him: The History of Medieval Europe, 1917, and Medieval Europe, its Development & Civilization, 1920, could be interesting as well, but it seems to me that they both are too large (each is more than 700 pages) for the Proofread of the Month. --Nigmont (talk) 21:11, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

This is certainly an interesting book, but I think the subject matter is a bit heavy for December when we usually look for lighter material. I propose that we keep this work for our Anthropology month in 2017. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 21:19, 30 November 2016 (UTC)
All right then, I gladly agree to move this work for consideration for the Anthropology month (August) in 2017. --Nigmont (talk) 21:43, 30 November 2016 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg SupportBeleg Tâl (talk) 20:15, 13 December 2016 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support John Carter (talk) 23:55, 1 February 2017 (UTC)
Since an index for this work: Index:The place of magic in the intellectual history of Europe.djvu—has been already prepared by Jasonanaggie and ShakespeareFan00 (though, I think it would be better if the creation of the index were announced here by anyone of themselves), this PotM may be started when the August begins. --Nigmont (talk) 22:08, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

[Copied from February 2017 proposals]

[Copied from May 2017 proposals] Author:Robert Henry Codrington's The Melanesians: Studies in their Anthropology and Folk-Lore, which has a scan available at, is still counted among the leading anthropological works, specifically in the anthropology of religion subfield, out there. John Carter (talk) 16:06, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

Second work for month Beeswaxcandle (talk) 21:38, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support as third work —Beleg Tâl (talk) 12:11, 21 July 2017 (UTC)

September 2017[edit]

  • Beeswaxcandle and I would like to use September's PotM to add sources to one or more key works by Author:Frederick Douglass, so that they will be ready to feature for his 200th birthday this February. Currently, not one of his works is backed by a source, and ideally we would locate copies of the original publications. Do people like this idea? --EncycloPetey (talk) 00:56, 4 June 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg SupportBeleg Tâl (talk) 14:33, 9 June 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support Londonjackbooks (talk) 01:35, 31 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support - good call. BD2412 T 12:41, 31 August 2017 (UTC)

Since we don't have it at all, how about we start with Index:My Bondage and My Freedom (1855).djvu? If anyone can track down the first publications of any of his essays or shorter works, probably in periodical publications, it would be appreciated. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:37, 31 August 2017 (UTC)

Speeches: 1, 2. Hrishikes (talk) 03:03, 31 August 2017 (UTC)
The first one looks like a great source, but the second includes "extracts" from speeches, rather than complete speeches, and so would work only as a secondary source about Douglass and his public speaking. It still is a work we do not have, though. --EncycloPetey (talk) 19:22, 5 September 2017 (UTC)
If we're ready for another text, we have either of these ready:
Although we have a scan of the revised edition of his third biography, the scan has missing pages, duplicate pages, and a missing frontispiece. I could find no other scans of that edition from which to repair it. --EncycloPetey (talk) 02:07, 12 September 2017 (UTC)
1892 version: the copy here is from the University of North Carolina. Same copy, html version, with frontispiece and missing pages (pages marked separately) is available here: Hrishikes (talk) 02:37, 12 September 2017 (UTC)
Although the page content is there, scans of the missing pages are not, so the djvu file can't be repaired from that site. --EncycloPetey (talk) 13:41, 12 September 2017 (UTC)
@EncycloPetey: Fixed the file. Hrishikes (talk) 17:03, 12 September 2017 (UTC)
OK, first of the two put into the templates. Can some non-biographical works be sorted out to follow? Beeswaxcandle (talk) 07:39, 12 September 2017 (UTC)
@Beeswaxcandle: Since the Narrative existed already on Wikisource (just without a scan), and is now proofread, do we want to continue validating that work now, or hold it for validation in November and move PotM to the 1892 biography? The 1892 edition has a number of photos and illustrations, which are already uploaded to Commons at Category:Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (1892). --EncycloPetey (talk) 17:16, 13 September 2017 (UTC)
@EncycloPetey: Surely we want to work on some of Douglass' other works and not just the autobiographies? Beeswaxcandle (talk) 22:55, 13 September 2017 (UTC)
If we can get the original source scans, sure, but that doesn't seem to be happening. Most of the scans I've found for them have excerpts rather than whole original texts. We do have a number of his important speeches already, just unsourced. His biographies, however, we don't have at all. --EncycloPetey (talk) 00:40, 14 September 2017 (UTC)
Non-autobiographical: Index:Frederick Douglass — Speeches, Debates, and Interviews Vol 1 (1841-1846).djvu -- Hrishikes (talk) 02:30, 14 September 2017 (UTC)
That's a 1979 publication, and it's quite likely we can't host it. Each speech has an introduction that will need to be removed from the scan. --EncycloPetey (talk) 13:56, 14 September 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done -- Hrishikes (talk) 00:58, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
The point of transcribing Douglass' works this month is to provide featurable content. This won't be the case for using a partial copy of a 1979 edited reissue collection from which much of the content has had to be removed. It might still be valuable in that it will serve as some sort of scan backing of some texts, but it will hardly be featurable quality to extract from such a scan. --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:10, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
OK, the 1892 revised edition of the third autobiography now in the templates. I can only find later transcriptions of the LoC collection of handwritten texts—which are definitely not appropriate for PotM. If an wikisourceror wants to upload the scanned longhand texts and then put them through the proofread/validation process that's fine, but it needs to be separate project. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 07:57, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

October 2017[edit]

This month, I suggest we commemorate the 150th birthday of the Australian novelist and writer Guy Newell Boothby by putting one or more of his works up. We have virtually nothing right now. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:08, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Any particular works specifically come to mind? John Carter (talk) 21:09, 7 December 2016 (UTC)
If needed, I can hunt down specific recommendations, but thought I'd leave that choice to other people first who might know more than I do. I'm familiar with his work only in the most general way. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:22, 7 December 2016 (UTC)
Specific suggestion: A Bid for Fortune, the first of his Dr. Nikola novels. --EncycloPetey (talk) 06:20, 28 January 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support works for me. John Carter (talk) 01:38, 2 February 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg SupportBeleg Tâl (talk) 12:11, 21 July 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg selected Beeswaxcandle (talk) 00:17, 1 October 2017 (UTC)

Since we'll likely finish A Bid for Fortune in plenty of time, perhaps we should next consider the horror short stories by Georgia Wood Pangborn. We currently have only one of her stories, but they are all short, and each could be done quickly.

There are quite a few more at IA. --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:56, 6 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Let's line them up. BD2412 T 19:39, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
Since A Bid for Fortune was validated a few days ago, and no other works seem to have been chosen, I've set the template to overflow. Hope I haven't put my foot into anything, please do change if another work's been selected. C. F. 19:12, 20 October 2017 (UTC)

December 2017[edit]

  • We lack Wordsworth's Peter Bell (1819) (External scan), which I have just found referenced by Thoreau. --EncycloPetey (talk) 21:17, 1 April 2017 (UTC)
    Beeswaxcandle took care of this one. (Hooray!) --EncycloPetey (talk) 14:24, 6 April 2017 (UTC)
  • If not used as a secondary work in August, Index:Ben-Hur a tale of the Christ.djvu is a prominent gap in our selection of literary best-sellers. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 12:12, 11 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Another fun possibility: The Man Who Knew Too Much, by G. K. Chesterton, whose UK works entered PD this year. This book is a collection of short stories, mostly featuring the same detective team. It is unrelated to the Hitchcock film, but because of the similarity in the title, it may draw in new editors. --EncycloPetey (talk) 18:18, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support, why not, Chesterton is often an interesting read. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 00:46, 21 July 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support Londonjackbooks (talk) 01:40, 21 July 2017 (UTC)

January 2018[edit]

  • The Language of the Eye: The importance and dignity of the eye as indicative of general character, female beauty, and manly genius (1856) by Author:Joseph Turnley (External scan) "Untechnical" relatively short work (90pp) with some illustration and poetry. Londonjackbooks (talk) 18:45, 2 March 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support, an excellent eye-dea. —Beleg Tâl (talk) 18:46, 2 March 2017 (UTC)

February 2018[edit]

  • Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Dolliver Romance, Fanshawe, and Septimus Felton (External scan)
    Currently, we have neither Dolliver, which was unfinished at the time of Hawthorne's death, nor Septimus, which was discovered and published posthumously. Our copy of Fanshawe is not backed by a scan, though we do have it. --EncycloPetey (talk) 04:09, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

March 2018[edit]

Umm... That series is already the Community Collaboration. The books don't need to be handled in two separate front-page collaborative projects at the same time, surely? --EncycloPetey (talk) 01:13, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
there is 20 books to pick from. those that i don’t do before then can fill the time. unsigned comment by Slowking4 (talk) .
Being selfish, I would just like to note that I am not merely proofreading Pennell's contribution, but am also reading it as I go along. Anyone is free to help, of course, but as there are many others to be worked on, I would like to all but claim this one. Trying to do a chapter a day. Londonjackbooks (talk) 02:49, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
I have just set up the one for Emily Brontë. But again, these will likely all be proofread long before March, and are already part of a different collaboration project. We should pick something for MArch PotM that isn't already being done. --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:21, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
at the rate of 2 per month, there will be 10 left to do. but if you have a better work, i am all ears. Slowking4SvG's revenge 16:11, 25 October 2017 (UTC)

We have none of the brilliant essays on literature, philosophy, and religion by George Eliot (Marian Evans):

--EncycloPetey (talk) 20:21, 25 October 2017 (UTC)

April 2018[edit]

May 2018[edit]

  • Perhaps Vols. I & II of George Kennan's Siberia and the Exile System (1891) V1 V2 In 1884, the editor of The Century Magazine suggested Kennan go to Siberia and give the results of his work to the magazine. The 2-vol. set is a compilation of the fruit of Kennan's observations. Numerous pictures, maps, etc. History, geography, etc. of a then-"terra incognita". Londonjackbooks (talk) 02:49, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Books parked for consideration[edit]

Noting the list at the top of the page too
  • Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeny. In an effort to find some popular public domain publications for inclusion here at WS, I found that the HTML version of this book is the most-downloaded text at the Internet Archive. Plus, someone has already gone to the trouble of extracting and cleaning the images [11]. There is a tiny amount of text cut off on pages 63-64, but the missing letters can be determined from context and from the HTML version --Eliyak T·C 22:52, 20 April 2012 (UTC)
(a) It's a key work of a great English writer;
(b) Johnson's text will be fun to read;
(c) It will add biographies of several writers.
(a) It's in multiple volumes, so we might have to start with just the first one and see what transpires;
(b) There will be many uses of long-s and the like;
(c) We may not be able to get a first edition to work from, and I'm not sure that I could find a complete set of a single edition in IA.

Would a work of this sort ever be a good selection for PotM, and why or why not? --EncycloPetey (talk) 03:12, 15 October 2012 (UTC)

  • EncycloPetey, et al, we could take one or more per month not as PoM but as something yet to be finished every month starting with the easiest and shortest texts that are not complicated to work on. For that we should have a different kind of an award, perhaps the only the image of "The Thinker" to be used. I like collecting the awards, it shows achievements as well as the dates show the years we are here working and the icon shows our work - again using only something like "The Thinker. It separates everything from PoM. It is an obvious aside from PoM. Poms are often slow anyhow so that gives us time and the PoM’s often also, well…..I dislike this word but to convey the idea, often SUCK and are boring chosen by a few, so I typically, these days, only do one or a few pages in them. I am working on 9 thick and illustrated volumes of Cassell’s Illustrated London but I would step aside and do pages on "The Thinker" (or any other icon but the same icon to stand out, each time so as not to get it mixed up with PoM. and I would expect an award for working on those extra "abandoned books" books. Something along these lines of thought. Feel free to modify. —Maury (talk) 17:38, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
EncycloPetey, I think the idea of finishing "abandoned books" is a very good idea. I am working on two of them now. If we all did this together we could finish them up quick and add them to our library here. THESE should be "Proofreads of the Month" instead of finding more before we have finished these sitting here.. —Maury (talk) 21:03, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
Maybe creating some sort of WikiProject regarding these abandoned or unfinished texts might be a way to get more attention to them? That project could then be listed as the existing community collaboration. Having said that, I think it might be a good idea. John Carter (talk) 16:50, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
John Carter (have you met any Terminators yet?) I figure the "abandoned books" have to have an attraction and many people like earning awards - especially "Special Awards", ["build it and they will come";] use that and they will come. —Maury (talk) 17:38, 21 December 2016 (UTC)
I think you meant John Connor there. :) Having said that, is there any sort of page indicating the "progress bar" or similar out on the various indexes which have been started to date? Also, maybe, having something on the community portal listing the number of completed indexes might help too. And, of course, like you said, some sort of "award" or w: Wikipedia:Barnstar available for such might be useful. Do we have any such yet here? John Carter (talk) 18:15, 21 December 2016 (UTC)

Author:John Lloyd Stephens (listed on en WS)[edit]

Author:John Lloyd Stephens wrote several grand books and they are illustrated. Let us choose something a bit more exciting lest we have an *another* unfinished work. —Maury (talk) 18:40, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

The Tale of Old Mortality[edit]

We don't have Walter Scott's The Tale of Old Mortality, which shocked me. Actually, we have very few works by him at all, despite his stature as an English writer, but The Tale of Old Mortality (or simply Old Mortality) is considered one of his best novels, and is a pretty high-profile English novel for us to be missing. --EncycloPetey (talk) 17:39, 10 July 2013 (UTC)

EncycloPetey, what is the url for the version you have found? I wish to look at it. —Maury (talk) 22:16, 10 July 2013 (UTC)
Well, to clarify first off (if you didn't know), Old Mortality is one in a series of loosely associated novels collected under the title Tales of My Landlord, though each is an independent story and novel. Of the first four volumes that make up "series 1", volumes 2 through 4 are Old Mortality (volume 1 is a separate story entitled The Black Dwarf). So, here then are the first edition (1816) volumes: Vol. II, Vol. III, Vol. IV. --EncycloPetey (talk) 00:57, 11 July 2013 (UTC)