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"Charles Sumner; his complete works (vol. 15 of 20)"—Sumner, Charles (English)
"Charles Sumner; his complete works (vol. 14 of 20)"—Sumner, Charles (English)
"Charles Sumner; his complete works (vol. 13 of 20)"—Sumner, Charles (English)
"Songs of love and empire"—Nesbit, E. [Edith] (English)
"The journal of Joachim Hane"—Hane, Joachim (English)
"Billie Bradley and the School Mystery"—Wheeler, Janet D. (ps) (English)
"Anecdotes about Authors, and Artists"—Timbs, John (English)
"Charles Sumner; his complete works (vol. 17 of 20)"—Sumner, Charles (English)
"Licht- en schaduwbeelden uit de binnenlanden van Java, over het karakter, de mate van beschaving, de zeden en gebruiken der Javanen"—[Junghuhn, Franz Wilhelm] (Dutch)
"Initiative in Evolution"—Kidd, Walter Aubrey (English)
Distributed Proofreaders was founded in 2000 by Charles Franks to support the digitization of Public Domain books. Originally conceived to assist Project Gutenberg (PG), Distributed Proofreaders (DP) is now the main source of PG e-books. In 2002, Distributed Proofreaders became an official PG site. In May 2006, Distributed Proofreaders became a separate legal entity and continues to maintain a strong relationship with PG.