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Guide to Selected Special Collections

Sections from Antiquarian Booksellers Catalogues to Buck, Pearl


Leary's bookstore stocked used and antiquarian books,
illustration on rear pastedown of blankbook issued by the firm ca. 1880.
Call number for blankbook: (MSS) C0938 (no. 62)

Incomplete, catalogued but useable runs of catalogues of selected American, English and Continental antiquarian booksellers are kept by the Department. The catalogues are now indexed online and the records show the extent of the run. Access is through the Rare Books reading room, as the catalogues are stored in the ReCAP offsite storage facility. The Library no longer adds to these runs of dealer catalogues, chiefly because of lack of staff and shelving to keep them current. The latest issuance date we are likely to have for any dealer in the following list is 1991.

The following dealers have been retained:

CONTINENT: Antiquariat Junk, Pierre Beres, E.J. Brill, Gustav Fock, J. Gamber, Gilhoffer and Raunschburg, Otto Harrassowitz, Karl W. Hiersemann, Hoepli, Nijhoff, Picard, Georges Rapilly & fils., Ludwig Rosenthal's Antiquariaat, Librairie Sourget.

ENGLAND: B.H. Blackwell Ltd., Martin Breslauer, Inc., Davis & Orioli, Dawsons of Pall Mall, Percy Dobell & son., Francis Edwards, E.P. Goldschmidt & Co., John Grant, George Harding's Bookshop Limited, W. Heffer & Sons, Peter Murray Hill (Rare Books) Ltd., Hofmann & Freeman, Luzac & Co., Maggs Bros., Pickering 7 Chatto, Bernard Quaritch, William Robinson, A. Rosenthal Ltd., Bertram Rota, Charles Sawyer, G.F. Sims, Henry Sotheran, Henry Stevens Son & Stiles, James Thin, Alan G. Thomas, Thomas Thorp, G.W. Walford, Wheldon & Wesley.

UNITED STATES: Brick Row Book Shop, Cadmus Book Shop, Dawson's Book Shop, Philip C. Duschnes, Edward Eberstadt & Sons, John F. Fleming, Bennett Gilbert, Lucien Goldschmidt, Goodspeed's Book Shop, Lathrop C. Harper, Charles F. Heartman, F. Thomas Heller, David J. Holmes Autographs, John Howell Books, Wright Howes, House of Books, House of El Dieff, H.P. Kraus, Bruce McKittrick Rare Books, Howard S. Mott, Kenneth Nebenzahl, Emil Offenbacher, Herbert Reichner, Rosenbach Company, William Salloch, William H. Schab Gallery, E.K. Schreiber, Scribner Rare Book Shop, Seven Gables Bookshop, Inc., Stechert-Hafner, Inc., Laurence Witten, Charles B. Wood III Inc., Ximenes: Rare Books, Inc., Zeitlin & Ver Brugge.

This sample record should assist in identifying the records which contain the bulk of the catalogues. While some dealer catalogs may be cataloged individually to reflect an important sale (such as works of Charles Dickens, materials on aeronautica, etc.), the collective records are clearly annotated as such:

Author: Maggs Bros.
Title: Catalogue / Maggs Bros.
Published: London : Maggs Bros., 1912-1991.
Holdings: No. 284 (1912)-no. 1097 (1991).

Summary Note:
Box 1 of 23: no. 284 (1912)-no. 386 (1919).
Box 2 of 23: no. 387 (1920)-no. 417 (1921).
Box 3 of 23: no. 418 (1922)-no. 442 (1923).

The word "catalogue" does not appear on some issues.
Ex : Holdings do not include all numbers.
Ex : Some numbers may be marked for purchases by Princeton University
Subject(s): Catalogs, Booksellers'--England--London.
Location: RBSC Off-Site Storage: Contact
Call Number: Dealers catalogs Firm 029

Additionally, a number of dealers focusing on Western Americana have been cataloged, and are also available through the Rare Books reading room.

Sotheby's (1926-present), Christie, Manson & Woods (1977-present) and Swann Galleries, inc. (1944-present) are still accessioned on a continuing basis, and may be requested thru the Rare Books Reading Room.

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The Library has a remarkable number of the editions and translations of the wonderful collection of Arabic stories known as The Thousand and One Nights. Together with the first translation to appear in a Western language (the translation by Antoine Galland into French [(Ex) 2263.2706.2]) the Library has two very early editions of English translations of the Arabian Nights, as well:

1. London, 1706. (This may be the earliest English translation.)
2. London: Osborn and Longman, 1728-1730. Library has a complete set (12 volumes bound in 6).

Overall, the collection is a substantial number of volumes. Refer to: James Holly Hanford, "Open Sesame: Notes on the Arabian Nights in English" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXVI, 1 (Autumn, 1964) pp. 48-56 [ full text].

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The architectural holdings of the Library are rich and varied. Modern materials, of course, are to be found in the Urban and Environmental Studies Library in the Architecture Building here on campus. Historical items are found among the many books of Marquand and Firestone Libraries as well as among the manuscript holdings of Archives and the Manuscripts Division.

There is a large collection of early printed architectural books in the Marquand Art Library's Rare Books department. Starting with early editions of Vitruvius, Grapaldi, and Alberti, the collection includes nearly 400 volumes published between 1485 and 1825 mainly in Italy, France, and England. There are also a few books on architecture printed in Spain, Germany, and the Low Countries. Essentially, the collection is a strong gathering of the fundamental books needed to form a basic library of historical architectural books of Western Europe. Some of the authors encountered, in addition to those mentioned above, include: Blondel, Delorme, Furtenbach, Halfpenny, Langley, Pain (William), Palladio (Andrea) (about 10 editions), Scamozzi, Serlio, and Vignola. Special clusters of choice books not to be overlooked in the collection are the 18th century English architectural books as well as the late 18th and early 19th century English architectural books on villas, rustic, and country houses.

In Winter 1985, an exhibition of books, prints, manuscripts and drawings was held in the Gould Exhibition Gallery at Firestone Library. With only one or two exceptions, the printed books came from the Rare Book Collection at Marquand Art Library in McCormick Hall. The drawings were chiefly from the Manuscripts Division of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

The books illustrated the so-called classical tradition in architecture, a system based on the high-style building forms of ancient Greece and Rome. In those countries which adopted classical forms, such as England, France, Spain, Germany, and the Low Countries, this system stands in direct contrast to the vernacular tradition. Books published in these countries during the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries detail the classical tradition, aided the process of educating men in its theories, and thereby spread the rejection of vernacular traditions.

The exhibition began with editions of Vitruvius, the first century Roman architect whose work is the only such kind to come down to us today. He inspired many great architects of the Renaissance, including Alberti, Bramante, Palladio, and Michelangelo. During the Renaissance, his writings were issued in lavishly illustrated editions and shown were that of Venice, 1511 (also the first illustrated architectural book to be published in Europe) and Como, 1511 (also showing cuts of the Milan cathedral, the earliest illustrations of Gothic architecture published in Europe) as well as several early translations. Following Vitruvius came editions of works by Grapaldi, Vignola, Alberti, Serlio, and Palladio, all illustrating the spread and development of the theories of classical architecture in sixteenth century Italy.

Following the section on these Italian masters came a series of displays covering the theorists of the classical tradition in seventeenth century France and eighteenth century England. In the French section were shown the large and grandly illustrated editions of Philibert de l'Orme, Jacques Androuet du Cerceau, François Blondel, and Roland Fréart, Sieur de Chambray. For England, on display were books with designs by Colen Campbell, Inigo Jones, Isaac Ware, and William Kent. Also shown were numerous handbooks by Batty Langley, the form of which was the progenitor of early American architectural books.

Most of the drawings were first gathered as part of the Archives of American Architecture, a collecting program of the Library directed by head librarian Julian Boyd during the 1940's. Many are in the Beaux Arts tradition and include works by Pennington Satterthwaite (Class of 1893) and designs by Robert W. Gibson (1854-1927) for the 1903 New York Stock Exchange competition. Also shown were plates from Frank Lloyd Wright's "Wasmuth Portfolio" (from a copy given by Mr. Wright to the Library) as well as correspondence and notes relating to Mr. Wright given to the Library by Arthur C. Holden, Class of 1912, and William H. Short, Class of 1946.

For particulars regarding the exhibition see: Stephen Ferguson, comp. Architecture 1450-1950. [Catalogue of the exhibition held in the Princeton University Library, 17 January -7 April 1985.] Princeton, 1985 [(ExB) 0639.739 no. 47]. [full text]. Also see: Constance Greiff, Princeton Architecture. (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1967) [(ExB) NA735.P7 G7]. Some items illustrated and some materials on which this book is based are found in the Princeton University Library and Archives.

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A collection of about 1000 volumes comprising books on the Arthurian legend, which are scattered throughout the Library. For particulars refer to: Biblia VIII, 1 (March, 1937) p. [11-12] [full text] .

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Detail from Atlas or A Geographicke Description of the Regions,
Countries and Kingdomes of the World
(Amsterdam, 1636)
[(Ex) 1009.634e ]

The Library's chief repository of maps and atlases is the Geosciences and Map Library, situated at Guyot Hall. The chief strength of the Library is in maps published since 1919 from throughout the world. By comparison to these, there are greatly fewer antiquarian maps (i.e. such printed during the hand-press period or before 1820) in this collection. The focus of the collection is contemporary maps, although some geologic and topographic maps dating from the mid-nineteenth century are held. The collection is evolving from its emphasis on geologic and physical maps to include a large collection of general, political and other thematic maps.

The Historic Maps Collection (housed within the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at Firestone Library) holds flat maps, cased maps, atlases and gazetteers printed before 1919 (the end of World War I). A number of these have been imaged. The General Rare Books Collection also holds atlases of antiquarian maps, and a group of early tour guides published by Baedeker and by Ward, Lock and Co.

Some of the Library's outstanding maps are:

1. The rare "White Hills" map of New England, which is the first map produced in North America. It was issued in William Hubbard's A Narrative of the Troubles with the Indians. Boston, 1677. For details refer to the Princeton University Library Chronicle XIV, 4 (Summer, 1953) p. 177-182 [full text] .

2. The Mason and Dixon map of 1768; both the engraved version in its entirety and the manuscript original of the Eastern portion. See: Thomas Streeter, "Princeton's Mason and Dixon Map" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XVI, 2 (Winter, 1955) pp. 97-99 [full text] and [Howard C. Rice] "Princeton's Mason and Dixon Map" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXV, 2 (Winter, 1964) pp. 153-55 [ full text] as well as Nicholas Wainwright "Mason and Dixon's Map" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XLV, 1 (Autumn, 1983) pp. 28-32. [ full text]

See John Delaney's important 1992 exhibition catalogue: From Circle to Sphere - Historic Maps since Columbus [(ExB) 0639.739 no. 63s] [full text].

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Male and female black squirrels (Sciurus niger),
fabled on campus for
their 'Princeton colors' from Audubon's
Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America.
[(Ex) 88861.134.12q (plates)]

About 166 volumes catalogued and are found for the most part in the General Rare Books Collection. Library has many books and manuscripts relating to Audubon. For particulars refer to: Howard C. Rice, "The World of John James Audubon; Catalogue of an Exhibition at the Princeton University Library. 15 May-30 September 1959" published in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXI, 1&2 (Autumn, 1959 & Winter, 1959) pp. 9-88. [full text] There is also an earlier version of this text available as a typescript exhibition catalogue. See "An Audubon Anthology" [(ExB) 0639.739 no. 6] [full text].

Library has also a copy of the double elephant folio Birds of America [(Ex) Oversize 8880.134.1860e]. It was received as a gift from Alexander van Rensselaer, Class of 1871, during the academic year 1928-29. The Library also has a group of books from the library of Audubon or his family. See 1954 Princeton University Library Chronicle index for several entries for Audubon. [ full text] See also: Henry Lyttleton Savage, "John James Audubon: A Backwoodsman in the Salon" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle V, 4 (June, 1944) pp. 129-136. [full text]

The Manuscripts Division holds the John James Audubon collection, 1788-1969 [(MSS) C0006], consists of original manuscripts, photostats and transcripts of additional manuscripts, and printed material relating to Audubon, his life and work. In addition, there are original letters by Mrs. Lucy Audubon, his sons, John and Julia Bachman, members of the Bakewell family, and Francis Herrick.

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A barrister of Lincoln's Inn, Bailey is a poet who came to the fore in the time between the Romantics and Victorians. He is one whom William Aytoun named as a member of the 'Spasmotic School' of poets. In the 1940's, the Library received a collection of works by Bailey. See: Morse Peckham, "A Bailey Collection [presented to Princeton]" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle VII, 4 (June, 1946) pp. 149-154 [full text] . See also the article by Morse Peckham which includes a checklist of the American editions of [Bailey's] Festus: Morse Peckham, "American Editions of Festus, a preliminary study" in Princeton University Library Chronicle VIII, 4 (June, 1947) pp. 177-184 [full text] . The collection is part of the General Rare Books Collection (Ex).

The Manuscripts Division holds the Philip James Bailey collection, 1855-1946 [(MSS) C0148], which consists primarily of correspondence by Bailey to a selection of correspondents, including letters by both Bailey and his wife, Anna Sophia, to Bailey's nephew John H. Brown.

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There is a collection of more that 200 early nineteenth century English, Scottish and Irish slip ballads together with a title and printer index in General Rare Books. Call number is (Exov) PR1181.xC6; index vol. is (Exov) PR1181.xC61. More similar material was purchased from Princeton Rare Books (bookseller) during the academic year 1984-85.

Another small collection of 103 slip ballads has been boxed and is cataloged. This material is entirely mid-nineteenth century American; many were published by H. De Marsan. Call number is (Exov) M1628.C65 1800z. Another set of ballads is largely 18th Century English. The call number for the box is (Exov) M1628.C65 1700z.

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Greatly augmented by a collection from the estate of Archibald S. Alexander, Class of 1928, the Library has a sizable collection of Baskervilles (books renowned for their typographic beauty which were designed, printed, and published by John Baskerville between 1757 and 1779. in Birmingham, England). The collection--42 of the 56 Baskerville books described by Philip Gaskell in his 1959 bibliography--is in the Graphic Arts Collection. Refer to: Dale Roylance, "The Baskerville Collection of Archibald S. Alexander '28" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XLII, 3 (Spring, 1981) p. 210-211. [ full text]

See also the note on the Robert F. Goheen, Class of 1940, gift of Baskervilles in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXX, 2 (Winter, 1969) p. 132. [ full text]

For a checklist of Baskervilles at Princeton but not in the Alexander gift, see the Collections File under Baskerville. See also the marked copy of Philip Gaskell's John Baskerville: a bibliography (Cambridge [Eng.] University Press, 1959) [(GA) Z232.B2 xG3].

Consult the ADLER database for the exact shelf location of each book within Graphic Arts.

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BEACH, SYLVIA (1887-1962)

Sylvia Beach Collection
Location designator: Beach

Sylvia Beach, oil on canvas, by Paul-Emile Becat (1923)
[Sylvia Beach Papers (C0108) Series IX, item 1 ]

Sylvia Beach was proprietor of Shakespeare and Company, the Paris bookshop which was a meeting-point for French, English, Irish and American writers during the 1920's and 1930's.

The separately arranged, classed and catalogued collection includes books and manuscripts by authors such as James Joyce, Gordon Craig, Arthur Symons, Ford Madox Ford, Frank Harris, Norman Douglas, Ivy Litvinov, Richard Aldington, Stuart Gilbert, Cyril Connolly, D.H. Lawrence, Stephen Spender, and Dorothy Richardson. Also French writers Adrienne Monnier, Valéry Larbaud, Léon-Paul Fargue, Jean Schlumberger, Paul Valéry, André Gide, Jules Romains, Jean Giono, André Chamson, Jean Prévost, and Henri Michaux. Many of the books are first editions and are inscribed to Sylvia Beach.

The collection also includes materials on James Joyce, particularly relating to his Shakespeare and Company publications of Ulysses and other writings. Ephemeral pamphlets, magazine publications of the above authors' works are also included in the collection. The collection includes 1615 catalogued volumes.

According to the Wilson Library Bulletin (January, 1965, p. 357), "in 1960, William S. Dix, university librarian, began negotiating with Miss Beach, ... to obtain her collection of manuscripts, inscribed editions, photos, sketches, and memorabilia. Last spring (i.e. spring, 1964), this material was transferred to the University from Miss Beach's Paris apartment where it had been stored since her death in 1962. ... The collection was acquired by the University through the generosity of Graham D. Mattison, and the cooperation of Miss Beach's surviving sister, Mrs. Frederic J.Dennis of Greenwich, Conn." See also the New York Times (Dec. 5, 1964, p. 26) for more details.

For particulars refer to: Howard C. Rice, "The Sylvia Beach Collection" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXVI, 1 (Autumn, 1964) pp. 7-13 [ full text]. See also H.C. Rice's "The Sylvia Beach Collection" published in Manuscripts XVIII, 3 (Summer, 1966) pp. 3-8. (This article is a slightly abridged version of the 1964 Princeton University Library Chronicle article.)

See also the Sylvia Beach Papers [(MSS) C0108] and finding aid, which collection is substantially a complete personal archive of Beach. It consists primarily of general correspondence and materials related to the bookshop.

Several expatriate presses operating in France at the time of the beginning of the century are represented in this collection:

1. Black Sun Press: an extensive collection of the works published by Harry and Caresse Crosby in Paris. Originally known as the "Editions Narcisse," the press's second name was adopted in 1928.

2. Black Manikin Press: several volumes printed at this press in Paris during 1920 and 1930 are included. The press was founded by Edward W. Titus, who edited This Quarter after Ernest Walsh's death.

3. Three Mountains Press (Contact Editions): 33 titles with the imprint of the press. Within this group are titles by Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and others.

4. Story: a magazine devoted entirely to the short story and printed in Vienna and New York by Whit Burnett and Martha Foley from 1931-53. The hard-to-find mimeographed first number of v. 1 is in the Beach collection.

The catalogue of an exhibition held in Paris at Le Centre Culturel Américain has been checked against Princeton holdings. The exhibition was held before the death of Sylvia Beach, and she was, in fact, a major donor for the exhibition. Many of the volumes shown for the exhibition have in the meanwhile come to Princeton via the Beach collection: Les années vingt: les écrivains Américains à Paris et leurs amis. 1920-1930. Exposition du 11 Mars au 25 Avril 1959. (Copy marked with Library's holdings is [(ExB) 04703.247]).

See also: Noel Riley Fitch, Sylvia Beach and the Lost Generation, A History of Literary Paris in the Twenties and Thirties (New York, 1983) [(Ex) Z305.B33 F57 1983].

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Illustration by Beardsley published in The Yellow Book, 1894
[(Ex) 0901.699]

The Princeton Library possesses an outstanding collection of material relating to the short-lived English illustrator Aubrey Beardsley. Though particularly rich in drawings, manuscripts, and letters, there are also printed materials.

The Gallatin Beardsley Collection.

The nucleus of the collection was received as a gift from Albert E. Gallatin. Presented to the Library in 1948, the collection included at the time 96 volumes with illustrations or cover designs by Beardsley, along with 10 volumes written by him. A large group of the books associated with the artist is also included. The collection is of exceptional importance in that it reveals the development and scope of Beardsley's work. It also supplements significantly the Library's collection of material relating to the Victorian era.

Included in the collection are also volumes which contain Beardsley illustrations, his own literary works, articles and monographs concerning Aubrey Beardsley, catalogues of exhibitions, dealers' and sales catalogues, and association items. These are cataloged and available in the Library's online catalogue.

The best short-form listing of the collection is The Gallatin Beardsley Collection in the Princeton University Library. A Catalogue compiled by A.E. Gallatin and Alexander D. Wainwright. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Library, 1952. [(ExB) 3622.48.073 and (F) 3622.48.073]. [full text] Since 1952, the collection has been distributed among the collections of the Department, with parts going to the Manuscripts Division (Aubrey Beardsley collection, 1890-1946 [(MSS) C0056]), the Rare Book Division, and to Graphic Arts. This chart maps the major series in the 1952 Wainwright catalogue to their present whereabouts. Another aid is a copy of the catalogue annotated for holdings and sometimes giving call numbers for individual items for items in sections III to XIII. This copy has the call number (Ex) NE642.B364 A1. However, more up to date for sections III to XIII is this listing prepared in 2012.

Today the collection numbers 425 volumes (catalogued and forming part of the General Rare Books Collection), since the Library has added a great deal to Mr. Gallatin's gift over the years.

Princeton acquired in 1954-55 the unique dummy copy of the controversial fifth volume of The Yellow Book with 11 cablegrams to and from John Lane concerning the suppression of Beardsley's drawings for the volume. For particulars refer to: J. Benjamin Townsend, '40, "The Yellow Book", in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XVI, 2 (Winter, 1955) pp. 101-103 [full text], which discusses the suppressed volume V.

Many Beardsley items can also be found in the Robert H. Taylor Collection.

For further particulars refer to: Princeton University Library Chronicle XII, 2 (Winter, 1951) pp. 67-82 [full text] , and Princeton University Library Chronicle XII, 3 (Spring, 1951) pp. 126-147 [full text] ;

See also: A.E. Gallatin, Aubrey Beardsley, Catalogue of Drawings and Bibliography. New York: The Grolier Club, 1945. [(ExC) NE642.B365 G13].

See as well Mark Samuels Lasner, A Selective Checklist of the Published Work of Aubrey Beardsley (Boston: Thomas G. Boss, Fine Books, 1994). Copy of page proofs in the Collections File under Beardsley. Copy of the bound book is in (ExB) Z8083.5 .S35 1995.

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BEERBOHM, MAX (1872-1956)

Together with the rich holdings of the Robert H. Taylor Collection, the collection at Princeton is one of the finest.

For particulars refer to: John Felstiner, "Changing Faces in Max Beerbohm's Caricature" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXXIII, 2 (Winter, 1972) pp. 73-88, [ full text] in which the recently acquired 1896 copy of Caricatures of Twenty-Five Gentlemen appears. In the copy, Beerbohm has redrawn more than half the portraits on facing pages and humorously annotated them. See also Robert Viscusi, "A Dandy's Diary: The Manuscripts of Max Beerbohm's Zuleika Dobson " in the Chronicle XL, 3 (Spring, 1979), pp. 234-56 [ full text] (including five plates) in which Viscusi proves that "the manuscripts of Zuleika show us Beerbohm in the process of shaping his image of himself."

The entire Winter, 1982 issue of the Chronicle is given over to a 76-page article [ full text] (including 21 plates) by Lawrence Danson: "Max Beerbohm and The Mirror of the Past. "It is an elaborate and ingenious article on an unpublished Beerbohm manuscript, of about 100 unbound leaves, in the Robert H. Taylor Collection. Mr. Taylor has written on Beerbohm's literary credo in his collection of essays, Certain Small Works (Princeton, 1980), pp. 83-98, and has published a checklist of his Beerbohm collection in the Gazette of the Grolier Club.

For catalogue records of individual books forming the Library's part as well as Mr. Taylor's collection of Beerbohm, see the Library's online catalogue.

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For particulars refer to: Mina R. Bryan and Howard C. Rice, Jr. The Gutenberg Bible. Exhibition of the Scheide Copy. Catalogue of the Exhibition Held in the Princeton University Library. Princeton, 1960 [(ExB) 0639.739 no. 30]. [full text]. Besides the Gutenberg Bible itself, the exhibition displayed some 50 other items tracing the history of the Scheide copy, the fame of the Gutenberg, and printing in the age of Gutenberg describing the movable moulded type, the development from manuscript to printed page, and the spread of printing after Gutenberg. Also see: Book of Books: The English Bible and Its Antecedents; An Exhibition. (Princeton, New Jersey, 1963) 7 pp.

The University Library's collection also includes Bibles which have autographs of well-known historical figures such as John Witherspoon (President, College of New Jersey, 1768-1794), Jonathan Edwards, and James Madison.

For particulars about illustrated Bibles in the collections see: Five Themes from Genesis (Library exhibition Jan.-Mar. 1972) [(Ex) ND2890.P7 and (F) ND 2890.P7] The individual items making up these materials relating to the Bible are scattered throughout the General Rare Books Collection and other collections in the Library.

See: The Bible through the Ages: An Exhibition of Books and Manuscripts, including 3rd Century Papyri, Leaves from the Gutenberg Bible, Famous English Bibles and Modern Translations based on holdings of the Library and the Seminary and shown at Firestone, December, 1950 - January, 1951. [(ExB) 0639.739 no. 7] [full text].

Scheide Library Collection of Early Bibles

The Scheide Library is the only library outside Europe to include all 18 of the pre-Luther German Bible editions, the earliest of which is the edition printed by Johan Mentelin in Strasbourg [before 27 June 1466]. Besides these pre-Luther vernacular Bibles, the Scheide Library also contains the first editions of Martin Luther's New Testament (Wittenberg, September 1522) with woodcuts from the workshop of Lucas Cranach, three volumes of the Old Testament (1523-24), the Prophets (1532), and the first complete edition (1534).

It also has the first Dutch Bible text, the Old Testament (Delft. Jacob van der Meer and Mauricius Yemantszoen, Jan. 1477.) as well as 4 (the largest collection in America) of the 11 editions of the Italian Bible printed in the 15th century.

Also notable is their copy of the first French New Testament (Lyons, printed by Guillaume LeRoy, 1476.)

Details are to be found in: Paul Needham, "Incunabula, Bibles and Early Americana in the Scheide Library" in the Chronicle XXXVII, 2 (Winter, 1976) pp. 85-93 [ full text] .

The article by Needham also describes many other "firsts" in Bible printing, Czech, Spanish, Scandinavian, English, etc. In addition to the Needham article see also: Mina R. Bryan, "The Scheide Library" in the Book Collector vol. 21, no. 4 (Winter, 1972) p. 495 ff.

Also see the handlist of exhibits and annoucement for the Spring 2004 exhibiton "The Bible in English: Before and After the Hampton Court Conference, 1604."


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Information about such notabilia can be difficult to come by, but not to be overlooked are the indexes for such in David Foxon's English Verse or in the Hunt Botanical collection catalogue prepared by Allan Stevenson or in the Pforzheimer catalogue prepared by William Jackson. Also see Roger Stoddard's Marks in Books (Cambridge, 1985) for such notabilia in Harvard collections.

At Princeton, such information is scattered and to find it one must look in a number of sources such as the Special Card File on the Book Arts in the reference area of the 1st floor rooms of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, in the card files for book illustrators both in Graphic Arts and in the RBSC reference room, and in the folder headed "Bibliographical Notabilia at Princeton" in the Collections File. It is also important to use the keyword searching capability of the online catalogue to find such notabilia. As a sampling, see the following:

Examples of incomplete processing, which provides evidence of the various steps in printing, such as books still in sheets, ballads "two-up", preliminary pages in the last quire, etc.

Examples of books in sheets:

1.Lukas Voch. Etwas von Bauzierathen (Augsburg, 1783) [GAX]; in [GA], a copy of the Baskerville printing of Paradise Regained (Gaskell number 7) which is in folded sheets.

2. (Ex) BT645.F72f (a 17th century book still in sheets titled Actus and dated 1691).

3. (Ex) 10822.956.066 A Versification of President Washington's Excellent Farewell Address (Portsmouth, NH, 1798), which is uncut and unstitched and has the format sixmo (sic).

4.(Ex) Oversize Broadside 123 : The Jesuits justification and A prophesie: two broadside ballads printed on the two halves of a single double-folio sheet, in different types and obviously meant to be severed for sale but left intact. See also (RHT) 17th-756 for the individual copy of The Jesuits justification.

5. (Ex) 3979.2.1791 for a book which still has its preliminary leaves still in the last signature.

6. (Ex) DA396.A3 H64 1692 for evidence of front matter being printed with the back matter.

Examples with directions to the binder

1.(WIT) 1536.933.13 History of the Revolution in Portugal.

2. (EXTRAN) 3828.1.1775 Works of George Lillo which has directions "Take the half sheet ...(*H3) and place it...".

3. See (Ex) PQ1795.T5.1784 Fenelon Adventures of Telemachus which has unusual directions to the binder.

Examples with title-slips [label titles, longitudinal titles, perpendicular half-titles, vertical half-titles, vertical titles]

1. (Ex) 8110.563: Ramus, Petrus, 1515-1572. Petri Rami Arithmeticae libri dvo: geometriae septem et viginti. A Lazaro Schonero recogniti & aucti. 1599. [image]

2. (Ex) 7893.238: Care, Henry, 1646-1688. English liberties, or, The free-born subject's inheritance ... 1691. [image]

3. (Ex) 1443.955.73: Pope, Walter, d. 1714. Life of the Right Reverend father in God Seth [Ward], Lord Bishop of Salisbury ... : With a brief account of Bishop Wilkins, Mr. Lawrence Rooke, Dr. Isaac Barrow, Dr. Turbervile, and others. 1697. [image]

4. Example of title label, "Mr Boyles History of Particular Qualities", printed longitudinally on verso of leaf H8. (Ex) 8013.205.02: Boyle, Robert, 1627-1691. Tracts. Oxford: Printed by W.H. for R. Davis, 1671.

5. Example of title label, "Mr Boyle's Continuation of Experiments of the Air", printed longitudinally on recto of leaf Ee2. (ExW) 8013.205.06: Boyle, Robert, 1627-1691. A Continuation of New Experiments ... The I. Part. Oxford: Printed by Henry Hall ... for Richard Davis, 1669.

6. Example of title label, "Cambridge Phrases", printed longitudinally on recto of leaf Ssss4. (Ex) 2531.777: Robertson, William, d.1686. Phraseologia Generalis...A Full, Large, and General Phrase Book...for the more speedy and Prosperous Progress of Students, in their Humanity Studies. Cambridge, Printed by John Hayes, printer to the University, 1681, and are to be sold by George Sawbridge, at the Bible, on Ludgate Hill, London. [image]

Examples showing cancellation

1. (Ex) 3288.682 copy 2 Rousseau's Remarks translated by Fuseli (London, 1767) which has both the cancel leaf G7 and the uncancelled leaf G7 and copy 1 of this same book has the cancel leaf G7 mounted in reverse page order.

2. (Ex) PR3409.xD2 1668 which is John Denham's Poems (London, 1668) which has been slitted at the foot of leaf I6 (pp. 123-4) to indicate that this is the leaf to be cancelled.

3. (EXTRAN) 1446.999 volume 24 Humble Petition of the Free Thinkers for an example of cancelled imprint. In this copy the 18th century London imprint for Corbett is a slip pasted over the original imprint for Owen.

Examples of bookseller's pasted-on tickets, circulating library tickets, etc

1. (Ex) 3594.895 vol 1 for pasted-on ticket of the 18th century English bookseller John March with details of his mix of stock.

2. (Ex) PR1101.N48 1768s for the ticket of Webb's Circulating Library, Bedford.

3. (Ex) 3925.3895 for the ticket of C. Rice's Circulating Library, Berkeley Square.

4. (Ex) 3792.95.3455 1771 vol. 3 for the ticket of Beatniffe's Circulating Library, Norwich (18th cent.)

Miscellaneous examples: In the folder headed "Bibliographical Notabilia at Princeton" in the Collections File can be found notes about the following examples: End-of-year forward dating; Prompt book(s); printer's proof copies; subscription books; civilité type; books with volvelles; books perfected with penwork; books with odd collations; and so on.

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Tacketed binding / call number: (Ex) 2512.564

The Library's most recent effort to exhibit and explain its bindings is the website prepared during 2004, entitled "Hand Bookbindings: Plain and Simple to Grand and Glorious." Selection, arrangement, and description of these bindings is based on the the exhibition by the same name appearing in the in the Library's main gallery from November 10, 2002 to April 20, 2003.

Within the General Rare Books Collection, the Manuscript Division, and the Graphic Arts Collection are several groups of interesting book bindings, both fine and/or historic. The group most immediate to hand are those 100 outstanding bindings identified by Jamie Shalleck (Kamph) in 1978 and described in her catalogue Fine Bindings: Gothic to Modern (Princeton: Princeton University Library, 1978). [(Ex) Z269.xP74 and (F) Z269.P74]. All 100 exhibits are owned by the Library, starting with a jeweled 12th-century binding and continuing on to a fine binding done ca. 1932.

Also note her article "Identifying and Classifying Fine Bindings" in A Miscellany for Bibliophiles edited by H. George Fletcher (New York, 1979) pp. 127-157. The article contains many illustrations of bindings at Princeton together with commentary. She also discusses two anachronistic (possibly counterfeit) bindings.

Also see the file of notes on bindings in Scheide, Taylor and the General Rare Book Collections which was gathered by Mrs. Kamph (Shalleck) in preparation for her exhibition catalogue. The notes describe the bindings, are arranged chronologically, but are un-indexed. File kept in the office of the Curator of Rare Books.

Also to be considered are the following groups: 1) as examples of rudimentary techniques, the Ethiopic codices held by the Manuscripts Division; 2) the Metzdorf Collection of Victorian Bindings (q.v.) and 3) the Bindings Collection in the Graphic Arts Collection.

Among the special files for the General Rare Books Collection is one for bindings, listing them by binder, locality, and date of production as well as by special type.

Willman Spawn of the American Philosophical Society has identified and localized a number of bindings in the Princeton University Library. (Mr. Spawn has further details.) A summary of some of Mr. Spawn's findings are in an annotated copy of the catalogue Early American Bookbindings from the collection of Michael Papantonio (New York, 1972) [(GA) Z270.U5 E37]

Also see the catalogue of a small exhibition of American bindings (1700-1920) prepared by Stephen Ferguson in 1983 [(ExB) 0639.739 no. 44]. [full text].

Also consult the Collections File under the heading "Bindings." There are folders for jeweled bindings as well as detailing particulars regarding bindings examined and discussed by Nicholas Pickwoad during his 1995 and 1996 seminars at the Library.

Latin scholars receiving prize books at ceremony at Delft, ca. 1725.
[From vignette on titlepage of Oratio de causis deminuti imperii romani (Delft, 1728)]

The Library also has a number of Dutch 'prijsboeken' - prize books in especial prize bindings awarded by the Latin schools in the Northern Netherlands.
Summary of holdings:
1. Antwerp — VRG 2945.1495.2q. (Virgil) Arms of Augustinian College, Antwerp, stamped on covers; prize inscription dated 15 September 1695.
2. Amersfoort — Rare Books Off-Site Storage: RCPXR 2905.311.234 (Pliny)
3. Amsterdam — Ex 2920.1652q c. 2 (Seneca)
4. Amsterdam — Ex 2800.664 (Mythographi latini), includes 'prijsopdracht' (prize dedication), printed leaf, dated 1713
5. Amsterdam — PTT 2865.1608 (Horace), includes 'prijsopdracht' (prize dedication), printed leaf, dated 1639
6. Amsterdam — Ex 5070.947.1668f (Vossius), includes 'prijsopdracht' (prize dedication), printed leaf, dated 1677
7. Amsterdam — Ex 2826.1670 (Caesar)
8. Amsterdam — Ex 2011-0042Q (Noodt)
9. Bergen — PTT 2865.1721.4 (Horace), includes 'prijsopdracht' (prize dedication), printed leaf, dated 1827
10. Delft — Exov 2933.1721 (Tacitus)
11. Deventer — PTT 2865.1728 (Horace), includes 'prijsopdracht' (prize dedication), in mss., dated 1752
12. Dordrecht — VRG 2945.1723 (Virgil)
13. Goes — Ex 7628.234q (Calvin), includes 'prijsopdracht' (prize dedication), in mss., dated 1664
14. Groningen — VRG 2945.1704 (Virgil)
15. Groningen — Rare Books Off-Site Storage: RCPXR 2953.876 copy 1 (Auctores mythographi latini)
16. Hague — Ex 2826.1686 (Caesar)
17. Hague — Ex 2953.876 (Auctores mythographi latini)
18. Rotterdam — Ex 2550.377 c. 1 (Opuscula Mythologica)
19. Rotterdam — Ex PA6661 .A2 1632q (Seneca)
20. Utrecht — Rare Books Off-Site Storage: RCPXR 2619.1750 (Chariton)
21. Zwolle — Ex 2927.1736 (Zwolle)

See: J. Spoelder, Prijsboeken op de latijnse school, (Amsterdam, 2000) [(GA) 2004-3183N] (Prize books at the Latin schools in the Northern Netherlands, c. 1585-1876, with a repertory of the coats of arms on these books, English summary, pp. 731-736. Illustrated with 33 plates, dozens of figures, and about 170 rubbings of binding stamps.)

A French 17th century prize binding with the gilt arms of the Collège des Grassins (Collegium Grassinaeum of the University of Paris) is in the Patterson Horace collection. (PTT 2865.1611 cop. 3)

Armorial bindings can be found by searching the main catalogue for the following phrases in the keyword index: "armorial binding," "armorial bindings."

   Arms of Guillaume de Lamoignon (1617-1677)
in gilt on upper and lower cover of
Horace Opera (Paris, 1642) [Call number: (Ex) 2865.1642q ]
    There is an example of his arms on a vellum binding in the British Library. See
    Portrait of Guillaume de Lamoignon in the Gordon Collection [link]

   Arms of Louis Hesselin (1602-1662)
in gilt on upper and lower cover of
Marcus Vulson, sieur de la Colombière La Science heroique (Paris, 1644) [Call number: (Ex) 1042.947q]
    There is an example of his arms on a calf binding in the British Library. See
   Portrait of Louis Hesselin in the Gordon Collection [link]

Also, noteworthy are two English 16th century blind stamped bindings of importance:
  • Binding stamped in blind with the "K.L.- L.K." roll. See volume of English law yearbooks, ca. 1500-1528 [(ExKa) Americana 1528q]

    Detail from Weale Bookbindings and Rubbings of Bindings in The National Art Library South Kensington Museum London, 1898, page 134, entry 156.

  • Binding stamped in blind with the initials "N.S.," that is, Nicholas Spierinck. See Artificialis introductio per modum epitomatis in decem libros Ethicorum Aristotelis [(Exov) 2599.2505] The covers are stamped with the following stamp:

    Stamp 1 of Nicholas Spierinck. Cf. G.J. Gray, The Earlier Cambridge Stationers and Bookbinders, Oxford 1904, p. 47, and plate XXVIIB.

  • Also, a note on Laced-papercase conservation bindings, a project of Scott Husby in 2007 during his tenure as rare book conservator at the Library.

    Laced-papercase bindings

    "There are many instances of book repair or rebinding where a rather modest investment of time and effort can bring satisfying results. One such small project during the past year has been the treatment of a number of volumes in the Gryphius Collection in Rare Books. The 16th- century Lyons printer Sebastian Gryphius was one of the important printers of the Renaissance in France. Like his contemporaries Aldus Manutius in Venice and Robert Estienne in Paris, he produced many small-sized editions of the Latin classics among other volumes. Many of these were bound in rather modest laced-parchment bindings which are very pleasing to handle and examine. Princeton has a collection of about 200 Gryphius editions, many in their original bindings. However, about 20 to 25 volumes in the Gryphius Collection have been rebound (probably in the 19th century) in very poor quality acidic paper wrappers, with weak or broken sewing. With the approval of Rare Books curator Steve Ferguson, a project was begun during the past year to rebind these copies to make them more useable and to ensure their longevity. They have been removed from their acidic paper covers, treated as needed in terms of washing and page repair, and then rebound in laced-papercase bindings. The paper for these cases is currently available from papermaking studios such as Dieu Donne in New York City and the University of Iowa papermaking facility in Iowa City. These papers are incredibly strong and flexible, and they make wonderful book covers. The laced-papercase structure is very appropriate for rebinding of books from the 16th-century, harking back to the historical models of that time. They are non-adhesive and wonderfully flexible in terms of their opening. They have a nice "hand" about them. And they are quite modest in terms of time to make. One of these treatments probably takes 6-10 hours from start to finish. The accompanying photo shows three of the existing acidic paper-covered copies in the foreground to the right. Lying to the left is a Gryphius edition in an original laced- parchment binding. In the center and standing behind are a selection of those books which have been rebound in new papercase bindings. So far about ten Gryphius titles have been so treated, and the other volumes may well be finished during the coming year."

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BISHOP, JOHN PEALE, Class of 1917 (1892-1944)

American poet, novelist, essayist and short-story writer. A check-list of Bishop's publications can be found in the Chronicle. For particulars refer to: Max J. Patrick and Robert Wooster Stallman, "John Peale Bishop: A Checklist" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle VII, 2 (February, 1946) pp. 62-79 [full text] . Of the 20 editions of his works in the Library, 12 are in Ex.

The John Peale Bishop papers, 1916-1947 [(MSS) C0138], consists of manuscripts, correspondence, documents, drawings, printed materials, and memorabilia of Bishop (Princeton Class of 1917).

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BLACK, ALEXANDER (1859-1940)

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Poet and critic; resident fellow in creative writing (1940-48) and professor of English (1948-65) at Princeton. The Library has many volumes relating to Blackmur including items associated with him and found in his library. A portion of the collection was dispersed throughout the Library's general and rare book collections. (See the Association File for particular titles in the Rare Book Collections.)

Also the collection includes volumes of contemporary poetry and criticism and volumes of the works of Professor Blackmur which he edited or which contain contributions by him.

These books fall into the following categories: 1. Annotated; some heavily. 2. Teaching texts and 3. Books by authors whom he reviewed or about whom he wrote critically. They are catalogued as a collection and stored at ReCAP. Text of the finding aid is here.

All of his unpublished writing (short stories, novels, and plays) has been Xeroxed and bound in five volumes.

For a collection of periodicals in which his works appeared, see the collection entitled Miscellaneous works by R. P. Blackmur, 1928-1964, which contains 19 journal issues. [(Ex) PS3503.L266 A6 1928q]

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BLAKE, WILLIAM (1757-1827)

Detail, 'Thou Hast Fulfilled the Judgement of the Wicked'
plate 16 in Illustrations of the Book of Job (1825)
GA 2007.02171

The Library has "one of the great Blake collections in the United States." It is described by Gerald E. Bentley Jr. in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXXV, 3 (Spring, 1974) p. 324 [ full text] . Also consult under Princeton the index to G. Bentley's Blake Books (Oxford, 1977) [(Ex) Z8103.B4.1977].

The collection is based on the gift of Mrs. Gerard B. Lambert of Princeton in 1960 and was augmented by the bequest of Caroline Newton in 1974. Mrs. Lambert was the wife of an alumnus, class of 1908, and a resident of Princeton. Charles Ryskamp, in his published memoir of American women book collectors, tells the circumstances of Mrs. Lambert's gift. He began teaching in the English Department at Princeton in 1955, including Blake in his instruction. "...[S]he ... suddenly gave [the collection] to Princeton University when she learned that students there had no original work of Blake to enjoy and to study." ( The Ladies, God Bless Them: Recollections of American Women Book Collectors [New York: The Grolier Club, 2007], p. 12). Caroline Newton was the daughter of the famous early 20th century American book collector, A. Edward Newton. A portion of her Blake gifts were formerly owned by her father.

As stated by Bentley in Blake Books, the Library has:

1. Illuminated works:

America, A Prophecy (1793) - two of sixteen copies [(Ex) 3631.3.312q c.1 and 2]; Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793) - one of 17 copies [(Ex) 3631.3.393q]; For the Sexes (copy J); Songs of Innocence and of Experience (copies U,g1,j); Urizen pl. 9; Marriage of Heaven and Hell pl 11.

2. Type-printed works:

Poetical sketches London, 1783. (Bentley copy I) [(Ex) 3631.3.372 1783].

3. Others:

a. Hayley's broadside ballad entitled Little Tom the Sailor with two designs by Blake (October 8, 1800) - very rare; [(Ex) 3776.3.359q].

b. Designs to a Series of Ballads, Written by William Hayley, Esq. (1802) 1st edition. Six copperplates by Blake. [(Ex) 3776.3.314.11]

c. Illustrations of the Book of Job. (1826). [(Ex) Oversize 3631.3.347.12f].

For particulars refer to: Charles Ryskamp, "A Blake Collection for Princeton" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXI, 3 (Spring, 1960) pp. 172-175 [ full text] as well as Charles Ryskamp. William Blake, Engraver: A Descriptive Catalogue of an Exhibition. (Princeton: Princeton University Library, 1969) [(Ex) ND497.B5.R95]

Also see: Charles Ryskamp, "Songs of Innocence and of Experience and Miss Caroline Newton's Blake Collection" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXIX, 2 (Winter, 1968) pp.150-55 [ full text] , which states that the gift of Caroline Newton is the "most beautiful and important work of Blake at Princeton." It is copy U (Keynes and Wolf census) of Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul. There are 54 plates by Blake [(Ex) 3631.3.388.1794 c. 1].

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According to official history of the Library published ca. 1915, the Library had at that time 95 volumes of books for the blind. (Cf. Princeton University Library, p. 57 [ExB 0639.7373.7])

Only a few of these remain. Two were published by the Perkins Institution in Boston: a Bible (8 vols.) published by the American Bible Society has embossed roman letters [(Ex) BS185 1841 .N4q]; and Milton's Poetical works (2 vols.), also printed in embossed roman letters [(Ex) 3859.1855q].

A second group is printed in William Moon's special embossed "letter-forms", which resemble simplified letters. The volumes include The epistles of Paul (in 3 v.) [(Ex) HV1678 .B56 P374 1858q] and The gospel according to St. Mark (in 1 v.), published in 1858 [(Ex) HV1678 .B56 M374 1858q].

The Graphic Arts department holds two books by Sebastian Guillie, Essai sur l'instruction des aveugles [(GAX) HV1626 .G9], and Notice historique sur l'instruction des jeunes aveugles [(GAX) HV1631.5 .G85 1819q], which discuss education for the blind. Valentin Hauy also wrote on the subject; a translation of his book is bound into a book of poems by the late reverend Dr. Thomas Blacklock [(Ex) PR3318.B49 A7 1793].

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Blockbooks, or xylographica, were produced in Europe. Similar to a picture book in style, where there are more illustrations than text. The illustration and accompanying text were cut with the knife on wood, and printed on one side of the paper only.

In the Graphic Arts Collection, there are three leaves of an early or mid-? 15th century blockbook, classed in the Book Leaves Collection, GC110. These are presumably the gift of Junius Spencer Morgan, being probably the leaves exhibited during October 20-22, 1896, as item 52 in "List of Exhibits in the Chancellor Green Library, Oct. 20,21 and 22, 1896." See also Alumni Princetonian, Vol II, p. 48 (Sept. / Oct., 1895) recording his gift of 'three pages of the Biblia Pauperum.'

In the Scheide Library are a 40 leaf Biblia pauperum and a 3 leaf fragment. See the Library's main catalogue for details.

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The "Bluestockings" were a group of literary ladies and gentlemen of 18th-century London whose most famous members were Mrs. Elizabeth (Robinson) Montagu (1720-1800); Miss Elizabeth Carter (1717-1806); Mrs. Boscawen (1719-1805); Mrs. Chapone (1727-1801); and Mrs. Vesey (1715-91). "The origin of the term is to be found [in that] many of those who attended eschewed 'full dress,' among them Benjamin Stillingfleet, who habitually wore blue worsted, in lieu of black silk, stockings. In reference to this, Admiral Boscawen is said to have dubbed the coterie the 'Blue Stocking Society.'" (Oxford Companion to English Literature).

In about the early 1960's, the Library made an effort under the guidance of Professor Charles Ryskamp, then Bibliographer for English and American Literature, to collect the works of these ladies. This foundation collection is still being added to. All books in this collection are part of the General Rare Books Collection (Ex).

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BOKER, GEORGE HENRY, Class of 1842, (1823-1890)

George H. Boker
(1823-1890) Cl' 1842

In 1924-25, the Library received 2,831 books from Boker's private library and these were scattered throughout its collections.

There are 57 entries listed for Boker in the Bibliography of American Literature. and it is likely these are marked for Princeton's holdings. A founding member of the Union League of Philadelphia, it is thought that he may have been a compiler for their publications. In addition, he was Minister to Turkey (1871-1875) and Envoy to Russia (1875-1878).

The Manuscripts Division holds the George H. Boker manuscripts, 1847-1886 [(MSS) C0208], which consists of manuscripts of poems and plays by Boker (Princeton Class of 1842). Most of the eleven plays in the collection appear in several versions; generally, there is an autograph manuscript and typescript copy for each, but for many of the plays there are also revised versions and actors' copies.

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Catalogued, useable, but incomplete runs of catalogues of selected American, English and Continental book auction catalogues are kept by the Department. The catalogues are now listed in the online main catalogue and each record shows the extent of the run. Access is through the Rare Books reading room, as the catalogues are stored in the ReCAP offsite storage facility. The Library no longer adds to these runs of catalogues, chiefly because of lack of staff and shelving to keep them current. The latest issuance date we are likely to have for any dealer in the following list is 1991, except for Sothebys and Christies, which are kept current. Earliest catalogues date to the end of the 19th century. Note that the Library has individually catalogued many auction catalogues, especially for major book sales as those for Brayton Ives, Robert Hoe, Jerome Kern, A.E. Newton, Thomas Streeter, et al.

The following houses have been retained:

Ader Picard Tajan; Anderson Galleries (also under American Art Association, Anderson Galleries); Bangs & Co.; J.L. Beijers; Bloomsbury Book Auctions; Charles Hamilton Galleries; Haus der Bücher; Hauswedell & Nolte; Hendsey Inc.; Stan. V. Henkels; Hodgson and Co., Laurin, Guilloux, Buffetaud, Tailleur; C.F. Libbie & Co.; Parke-Bernet Galleries; Phillips Son & Neale; Reiss & Sohn (formerly Reiss & Auvermann); Sotheby & Co.; Sotheby Parke Bernet; J.A. Stargardt; Swann Galleries; Van Gendt Book Auctions BV.

   See also the entry: ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS CATALOGUES in this Guide.

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About 243 catalogued volumes, 130 uncatalogued volumes concerning bookplates. The collection is supplemented by 12,000 individual bookplates. Additions are being made.

A large part of the collection was the gift of Mrs. Gilbert Troxell. The entire bookplate collection is now housed within the Graphic Arts Collection.

Also, among the special files for the General Rare Books Collection, there is a multi-drawer file of cards for bookplates in books in the General Rare Books Collection (Ex).

See also the Clifford Nickles Carver mss. collection: Clifford Nickles Carver papers, 1897-1965, [(MUDD) MC010), for his bookplates and publications concerning them.

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Detail, A Selection of Hexandrian Plants, by
Priscilla Susan Bury. [London, 1831]
(GAX) NE2047.6.H384 B87 1831e

In 1958-59, the Library received as a bequest of Gordon L. Harris '16 a collection of books and prints on the orchid. For particulars refer to: Dale Roylance, "A Collection of Orchid Books" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XX, 2 (Winter, 1959) pp. 122-23 [full text] . The collection forms part of the General Rare Books Collection (Ex).

Presented in 1971-72, the Sydnor Barksdale Penick Collection of Botanical Books contains about 32 volumes dating from 1568 (William Turner's Herball) to the mid-19th century. For particulars refer to the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXXIV, 1 (Autumn, 1972) p. 87-8 [ full text] .

In September 1989, an anonymous donation brought to the Library a choice collection of 23 herbals and other early printed books on related subjects. Many of the books came from Thuya Lodge on Mt. Desert, Maine. A list of the accessions is in the Curator's vertical file under Thuya Lodge Collection. Also available as a PDF.

During the academic year 2002-2003, Mrs. Margaret Field, a public librarian from Clarksburg, N.J., has donated her pristine copy of A Selection of Hexandrian Plants, Belonging to the Natural Orders Amaryllidae and Liliacae, from Drawings by Mrs. Edward [Priscilla Susan] Bury (London, [1831]). It contains thirty exquisitely hand-colored aquatints -- each of a single life-size flower -- by Robert Havell, who engraved the plates for Audubon's Birds of America.

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The gift from Mrs. Landon K. Thorne (a descendant of Elisha Boudinot, who was the younger brother of Elias, member and President of the Continental Congress) included portraits, furniture, silver, manuscripts, and miscellaneous items owned originally by Elias Boudinot. Also included in the collection are a number of volumes from the Boudinot library.

About 20 volumes are association copies and are accessible through the Association File.

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W. Crisp, The Printers' Sheet of
Miscellaneous Trade Receipts

(187-) — (Ex) Broadside 390
[Full size]

In the General Rare Books Collection, there are several groups of broadsides. These are in varying states of accessibility and arrangement. Ordinary size broadsides are now being catalogued individually in the online catalog. The separate location designator for these broadsides is (Ex) Broadside and these are currently stored flat in the Dulles Vault. There are also two separately arranged collections of poetry broadsides: poetry of American authors are cataloged under the location designator (ExRML) Ludwig Broadside and as of 2004, there are about 700 of these catalogued; poetry of Irish authors are cataloged under the location designator (Ex) Milberg Irish Broadside and there are over 100 of these cataloged as of 2004.

A group of broadsides called "Princeton Broadsides" consist of many College of New Jersey items printed in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The entire group was cataloged in early 1989, and is a part of the Archives at Mudd Library. See the finding aid at the Oversize Collection Master List.

There are broadsides in the DeCoppet Collection in the Manuscript Division. Some of these are described in detail in the printed catalogue of the exhibition of DeCoppet material prepared by Alexander Clark. See Princeton University. The Andre de Coppet collection of American historical manuscripts: a catalogue of an exhibition in the Princeton University Library, May 16 to June 30, 1955. ((Princeton: Princeton University Library, 1969) [(ExB) 0436.737]. Readers may note that broadsides relating to the Continental Congress are found in box 7 of the DeCoppet Collection (C0063), folders 12 to 17. None of these DeCoppet broadsides have been catalogued in ways comparable to other printed materials.

There are broadsides as well in the Graphic Arts Collection. They cover a variety of subjects and are not fully catalogued. Consult with the Curator for details.

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BROWNING, ROBERT (1812-1889)
     and BROWNING, ELIZABETH BARRETT (1806-1861)

The collections include first editions of nearly all books published by the two during their lives. There are binding variants of several titles. The Browning books form part of the General Rare Book Collection (Ex). See: Princeton University Library Chronicle X, 1 (November, 1948) p. 36 [full text] .

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A collection of 87 editions of translations of her works into 13 languages (mainly European) was received from Mrs. Andrea Lloyd in 1982, together with numerous manuscripts. The books were catalogued during the spring of 1985; records for them are in the Library's online catalogue.

A large archive of Buck papers was also given to Princeton University by Mrs. Andrea Lloyd in November, 1982. Now cataloged with collection no. (MSS) C0060, they consist of correspondence and legal documents relating to the publishing activities of Pearl Buck during the period (1928-1950s) when she was a client of the David Lloyd Literary Agency.

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