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Sections from Aaron Burr to Dust Jackets

BURR, AARON (1756-1836)

C.P. Greenough Fuller Collection of Aaron Burr.

Third Vice-President of the United States (1801-05), Burr was a member of the Princeton Class of 1772.

C.P. Greenough Fuller collected the material with the intention of giving it to Princeton. The collection was presented to the University after Fuller's death by his brothers-in-law, who were both Princeton graduates. Fuller himself attended Harvard.

Printed material in the Fuller Collection includes biographies of Burr and of those closely associated with him; accounts of Burr's trial and other works relating to the Burr conspiracy; and an extensive gathering of magazine and newspaper articles.

346 catalogued volumes now form part of the General Rare Books Collection (Ex). For particulars refer to: "The Fuller Collection on Aaron Burr" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XVIII, 4 (Summer, 1957) pp. 223-224 [full text] .

The Manuscripts Division holds several collections of Burr materials, including correspondence between Burr and various individuals, and documents dating from the period (1748-1757) he was president of the College of New Jersey, now Princeton. See the Library's online catalogue for details.

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Books by Struthers Burt (Class of 1904), Katharine (Newlin) Burt, and their first child, Nathaniel Burt (Class of 1936), a Princeton family of the twentieth century, have been given to the library.

For particulars refer to: Nathaniel Burt, "Struthers Burt '04: The Literary Career of a Princetonian" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XIX, 3 & 4 (Spring & Summer, 1958) pp. 109-122 [full text]. The same issue also contains a checklist of Struthers Burt's writings, by Alexander D. Wainwright '39.

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The Taylor Collection has a strong collection of Byron, which augments the holdings of the General Rare Books Collection (Ex).

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Chapbooks are works of popular literature, sold for a few pence, often by itinerant pedlars or "chapmen," which were in circulation from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. Typical of chapbooks of this era, the stories are often condensed versions of well-known tales. Ranging in content from romances, adventure stories, fairy tales and moral tales, to songs and verses, most of the stories are accompanied by illustrations and engravings in both black and white and color, including some engravings by the Cruikshanks.

Princeton's collections include 36 bound volumes of chapbooks, each volume of which contains several of these popular 19th-century booklets. The volumes are located in the General Rare Books Department [(Ex) 3580.999]. The collection has several famous tales such as Cinderella, Robinson Crusoe, Jack the Giant Killer, and Red Riding Hood as well as lesser-known selections in the vein of Helen Beresford, Or the Child of Misfortune and Moral Tales in Verse: Calculated to Please and Instruct Young Children.

Chapbooks are also found in the Cotsen Children's Library, and in the Graphic Arts Department.

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In 1982, the Library acquired a collection of 55 English character books.

The character book first appeared in England at the beginning of the 17th century, in the form of multiple characters in an octavo or twelvemo format; the best known were those of Sir Thomas Overbury and John Earle.

At the onset of the English Civil War, "controversial" characters appeared in quarto format, usually as eight-page pamphlets. Hitherto such characters were "type" portraits rather than those of real personages, but from 1660 the latter began to appear, sometimes as straight (i.e. adulatory) portraits, sometimes as controversial or polemical portraits. The subjects of the former were named; the latter left unnamed. From 1660 onwards, the format was broadside or quarto.

In 1675, there was a small and successful outrush of quarto "type" single characters, but these were submerged (though a few were reprinted) by a wave of "controversial" broadside and folio characters in 1680-83. These were directly related to the Popish Plot, religious controversy and political in-fighting.

Thereafter the character book declined in frequency. The Glorious Revolution of 1688 inspired a brief outburst (1688-91), and in the early 18th century Ned Ward reverted to the multiple "type" character book with works on the army and navy which were as frequently reprinted as Overbury and Earle.

The "multiple" character book in book format had a reasonable survival value; despite the small formats, frequent and fair-sized reprints ensured this happening. The ephemeral quarto, broadside, and folio character inevitably had a tenuous survival value and, today, tend to be moderately to extremely scarce.

The 1982 purchase has been catalogued and forms part of the General Rare Book Collection (Ex). This group supplements the Library's present holdings. For particulars refer to: Gwendolen Murphy. Bibliography of English Character Books 1608 - 1700 (Oxford, 1925) [(ExB) Z2014.C5.M9q and (F) Z2014.C5.M9q. This (ExB) copy is marked for Princeton's holdings.]

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French writer and one of the precursors of Romanticism. Best known for his Atala (1801), René (1805), Les Natchez (1826) and his autobiography Mémoires d'outre-tombe (1849-50). There are some 300 catalogued volumes in the General Rare Books Collection (Ex), to which additions are being made. A major portion of the collection was bought from Professor Gilbert Chinard in 1963.

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Cook Chess Collection Location designator: COOK

In all over 2000 volumes, separately arranged, classed and catalogued. The complete list of the collection is published in Princeton University Library Classified List VI (1920) pp. 3585-3608 [(ExB) 0639.7373.5 vol. 6]. [full text] A separate offprint of the list has call number (COOK) 0639.7377.

"It may be unknown to many of the Friends that our collection of books on chess given to us in 1915 by Eugene B. Cook is one of the finest and most extensive in the country." -- Biblia VII,1 (Feb. 1936) [full text] .

The collection includes books on the game and history of chess and has some rare editions and one incunable. Over 250 volumes before 1800 (mostly 16th and 17th century). The importance of the Cook Collection is the voluminous number of letters received by Cook from his correspondents, the ephemeral pamphlets relating to the history of American chess clubs, and particularly the publications relating to chess activity in New Jersey. In this American material, the Cook collection surpasses others.

For particulars refer to: Albrecht Buschke, "Chess Libraries in America" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle II, 4 (June, 1941) 147-52 [full text] . Article's emphasis on Eugene B. Cook collection at Princeton.

Spackman Collection

For particulars see: Albrecht Buschke, "The Spackman Collection of Chess Books" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XIX, 1 (Autumn, 1957) pp.62-64 [full text] . The Spackman collection includes more than 500 chess books and magazines. The collection is significant because it deals mostly with chess after 1915 (when Mr. Cook died). Half the collection deals with chess tournaments since 1915.

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The Library's chief repository of children's books is the Cotsen Children's Library.

The Cotsen Children's Library of historic children's books opened to the public in September 1997. Included are early editions of Perrault's fairy tales, Newbery family imprints, moveable and novelty books, children's songbooks, Soviet Constructivist picture books, and a rich array of other printed books dating from the 16th to 20th centuries. The Cotsen collection is multinational, with literature in more than 40 languages, but primarily in the major Western European languages, Hebrew and Japanese.

The holdings of this collection are covered by several access points:

1. A catalogue of the Cotsen Children's Library (Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Library, 2000- ) is a multi-volume book catalogue of the research collection, which describes that portion of the collection of printed books which the donor, Lloyd E. Cotsen, has gifted to Princeton University up to the year 2000. The material will comprise approximately 23,000 items out of a total of over 60,000 in over thirty languages published during the fifteenth through twentieth centuries. Consult their description of the catalogue project for further details.

2. Database access: Contact the curator, who has a database listing of the collection, and can locate the materials by author, title, publisher, language, and other access points. Also consult the Library's online catalogue.

3. Cotsen Occasional Press: scholarly works focusing on children's literature represented by the collection.

Further particulars about the materials in the collection itself can be obtained from the curator, Andrea Immel (Tel: 258-1148 and email: Also see the Cotsen Children's Library website.

Other Collections

In the Graphic Arts Collection, there are three major holdings of children's books, First,there are the holdings of the Sinclair Hamilton Collection of American Illustrated Books (q.v. under ILLUSTRATED BOOKS). There is also a large gathering of early American editions of Mother Goose in the Sinclair Hamilton Collection of American Illustrated Books. For further details about illustrated children's books in the Hamilton Collection see: Dale Roylance, "The Graphic Art of Children's Book Illustration in America, 1840-1880" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XLV, 3 (Spring, 1984) pp. 256-266 [ full text] . Second,there are important Kate Greenaway books in Graphic Arts (from gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Cahn '33 in memory of DeWitt Millhauser) and in General Rare Books [from the Rankin library: see the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXV, 2 (Winter, 1964) p. 165 [ full text]]. Third, children's books in the Cruikshank collection, including drawings by George Cruikshank for editions of "Punch and Judy" issued in London during 1828 and later. [Note: the Hamilton Cottier '22 Collection consists of about 500 volumes acquired in 1979 and described in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XLI, 3 (Spring, 1980) pp. 256-257 [ full text] were transferred to Cotsen from Graphic Arts in 2004.]

Finally, scattered throughout other collections in other Divisions or Collections are groupings of children's books, such as those of Lewis Carroll (in the Parrish Collection); editions of Peter Pan in the Barrie section of the Parrish Collection; books for Mormon children in the Western Americana Collection; and the chapbooks (q.v.) in the General Rare Books Collection.

Highlights in these other collections: first editions of Hans Christian Andersen's "Fairy Tales" published in Copenhagen in 1837-47 [(Ex) 3349.333.1837]. Another highlight is the first edition of Mother Goose, with French and English on opposite pages: Charles Perrault. Contes de ma mère l'oye. Mother Goose's tales (La Haye: chez J. Neaulme, 1745) [(Ex) 3278.1.328.1745].

   See also the entries: ANDERSEN, HANS CHRISTIAN; CHAPBOOKS, and HERO FICTION in this Guide.

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The University has a number of rare European books on China which are discussed in detail (including call numbers for the books) in the following catalogue: East and West: Europe's Discovery of China and China's response to Europe, 1511-1839; a Checklist of the Exhibition, Compiled by Howard C. Rice, Jr. and Others. (Princeton: The Library, 1957) [(ExB) 0639.739 no. 22] [full text] .

Also to be noted is the article by George R. Loehr in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XV, 4 (Summer, 1954) pp. 179-193 [full text] , the subject of which is the following book: A.E. van Braam Houckgeest. Voyage de l'Ambassade de la Compagnies des Indes Orientales Hollandaises vers l'Empereur de la Chine dans les années 1794 et 1795. [(Ex) 1722.206].

There is also considerable material on the so-called Chinese Rites Controversy.

Not to be overlooked are those in the East Asian Library and Gest Collection. For a description of the Gest Collection, see the following article based upon the exhibition "Eleven Centuries of Chinese Printing": Hu Shih, "The Gest Oriental Library at Princeton University" in the Princeton University Library ChronicleXV, 3 (Spring, 1954) pp. 113-41 [full text] .

Also see the 1987 exhibition catalogue The Book in Imperial China [(ExB) 0639.739 no. 50] [full text] . as well as the Gest Library Journal, 1986-1993, with a subsequent title change to the East Asian library journal. Issued by the Friends of the Gest Oriental Library.

See also the catalogue of Chinese rare books compiled by Ch'u Wan-li and published in 1974: A Catalogue of the Chinese Rare Books in the Gest Collection of the Princeton University Library. Compiled by Ch'u Wan-Li. (Taipei, Taiwan: Yee Wen Publishing Co., Ltd., 1974). The catalogue includes an English introduction detailing the development of the Gest Collection and the accession of the Chinese rare books. [(ExB) Z881.P942 G47].

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CHINARD, GILBERT (1881-1972)

In the General Rare Books Collection (Ex), there is a five box collection of offprints and other writings by Gilbert Chinard, Professor of French at Princeton University for many years. The collection is arranged according to the checklist of his works published in the Spring, 1965 issue of the Princeton University Library Chronicle (XXVI, 3) [full text]. Call number for the collection is (Ex) 3676.6545.1910q.

The Gilbert Chinard Collection of French Historical Material [(MSS) C0428] contains historical and literary manuscripts, as well as correspondence, collected by Prof. Chinard.

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Acquired in March 1994, the Charles H. Van Horne Collection of thirty-one titles in thirty-five volumes -- indeed a comprehensive collection of early editions of Renaissance chiromancy and its seventeenth and eighteenth century progeny. Bought from Sotheby's, New York. Records for these are in the online catalogue. List covering editions of Cardano, Indagine, Cocles, Taisnier, Tricasso da Cerasari, and others is in the Collections File for the rare book collections.

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The Library has a small collection of Christmas books listed as such in: Lucile Graveler, compiler. A List of Christmas Books in the Princeton University Library. (Princeton, 1942). Publication was issued as a Christmas keepsake by the Library. Includes books issued as personal greetings by collectors, publishers, illustrators, writers, et al. About 200 items; see checklist for details.

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Chronologies are defined as documents which list dates, time periods, or events in chronological order. Timelines are a type of chronology, in graphic linear form, either vertical or horizontal. The General Rare Books Department (Ex) has acquired a number of these, many as an adjunct to the History of Education collection. The visual nature of the chronology allows a student to see the progression of events in a well-organized, visual manner, something students today take for granted. To quickly see some of the Library's holdings of these charts, go the Main Catalog, use the 'Guided Search' function, enter 'chronology' into the first query box and 'chart' into the second box, then click the search button.

The Stream of time: Intended for young persons (London, 1844) is a printed strip, rolled onto a wooden roller, mounted in book-shaped box. The Library's online catalogue contains a digital image.

In 2004, the Department collected a group of related items. Friedrich Strass's Der Strom der Zeiten (Wien, 1804) is a chronological chart, together with two booklets that describe the contents of the chart. A Descriptive guide of Strass's chart, by William Bell, is an English language translation and expansion of the original work, and published in 1812.

An unusual example is the universal chronicle by John Georg Hagelgans, the Atlas historicus, in which Hagelgans replaced written words by a succession of diminutive narrative drawings arranged in columns. See the article by Walter Goffart, "The front matter of J. G. Hagelgans's 1718 Atlas historicus at Princeton University Library and the Eran Laor Cartographic Collection, Jerusalem," in the Princeton University Library Chronicle LXIV, 1 (Autumn 2002) pp. 141-162.

See also Stephen Ferguson, " The 1753 Carte chronographique of Jacques Barbeu-Dubourg" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle, LII, 2 (Winter 1991) pp. 190-230. See also the article on this topic to be published in June 2009: Astrit Schmidt-Burkhardt, "Barbeu-Dubourgs Lernmaschine," in Bildwelten des Wissens: Kunsthistorisches Jahrbuch für Bildkritik.

See also Anthony Grafton, "Dating History: the Renaissance & the reformation of chronology" in Daedalus, 132, 2 (Spring 2003) pp. 74-85.

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CIVIL WAR (United States, 1861-1865)

John Shaw Pierson Civil War Collection.
Location designator: W

Left: Books from the Pierson Collection

Right: Myriopticon: A Historical Panorama
of the Rebellion.
Issued by Milton Bradley, after 1865
Copies: CTSN (Toys 20604, 20876);
Graphic Arts (GA 2005.01038)

Formed and donated by John Shaw Pierson (1822-1908), Class of 1840

Son of Charles E. Pierson, M.D., Class of 1807. Graduated fifth in his class. Began study of law in New York at age 20, admitted to the Bar in 1845 and practiced until 1850. In that year he shifted careers and became Marine Agent of the New York Bible Society. His work focused on placing not only a Bible or two but a whole library of select books on board ships sailing from the port of New York. His work in forming such libraries provided a deep knowledge of the book trade, retail and wholesale, in New York and elsewhere.

Pierson continued his work for the Bible Society through the years of the Civil War. He married in 1855 and his wife's death in 1870 left him alone and childless. That year virtually coincides with his first major donation to Princeton, the nucleus of his great Civil War Collection. In the thirty nine following years he continued to add to the collection so that it grew as follows: by 1879, two thousand items; in 1898, 5,000 and in 1908, over 6,600 books and 2,000 pamphlets.

Frederic Vinton in his Subject-Catalogue of the Library of the College of New Jersey (1884) writes about the collection under the entry 'United States - Civil War (1861-1865)' on page 742, 'Note: A collection of more than two thousand volumes upon the civil war, presented by an alumnus of this college, located by itself, and not intended for general use, is not reported above."

The collection focuses on the American Civil War, covering military operations, regimental histories, personal narratives, political, social, economic phases, and the War in drama, fiction, poetry, collected from all parts of the United States, and in Mexico, Canada, and Europe. Much of the material was collected as issued and, consequently, the collection is rich in pamphlet and other ephemeral material.

See the following important letter about Pierson to Julian Boyd from Lathrop C. Harper, published in the Princeton University Library Chronicle III, 2 (February, 1942) pp. 64-66 [full text] :

Dear Mr. Boyd: With great interest I have read the article by the late John F. Joline, Jr. on John Shaw Pierson and his Civil War Collection, in The Chronicle for April, 1941. For a period of more than 15 years before his death I knew Mr. Pierson intimately. I had a deep personal regard and respect for Mr. Pierson. He was reserved, did not talk much, and certainly never about himself. While a modest man, one would never even think of him as 'Pierson.' But I realize that he was a man in moderate circumstances who was pursuing an ideal with a maximum of perseverance and a minimum of money expended. After 1865 there were relatively few books published about the Civil War. It was not until the eighties, when events could be viewed in more perspective, that there came a great revival of interest. This is evidenced by the outstanding success of Grant's Memoirs (1885), Battles and Leaders of the Civil War (1887) and other works by the leading actors on both sides. About this time the lesser participants became conscious that they had taken part in one of the most important events of our history. And there spread through the country a feeling that, while the survivors were still living, their part in the conflict should be put into print. This resulted in an outpouring of regimental histories, personal experiences, and accounts of minor military actions. When Mr. Pierson started collecting in 1869 he was, through his work for the American Branch of the Bible Society, well acquainted with all the publishers and booksellers, and could readily obtain books issued through the regular trade channels. But the elusive semi-private and personal items, locally printed for the few interested - none by regular publishers - presented a problem. This problem he had solved before I met him. What his system was I do not know: but I know it meant an immense amount of correspondance and perseverance. And whatever his system- it worked! At that time my brother and I were specializing in Civil War material. Naturally we were interested in all this elusive material and making every effort to secure copies at their source. A friend of ours, Byron Andrews, was one of the owners of The National Tribune, published at Washington. This was the principle organ of the Civil War veterans. Through Mr. Andrews, as well as from many other sources, we secured clues to many out-of-the-way titles. So for many years we had a friendly competition with Mr. Pierson, our side of the game being to show him a book he did not know. Occasionally we would score, but far more often we found that elusive book or pamphlet was already safely shelved in the Princeton Library. Mr. Pierson was one of the first collectors to realize the historical importance of the Civil War period. He was a real collector, and his collection of 9000 books and pamphlets, judged by quality rather than bulk, is a proud possession for any institution. It was built up over the best years of a lifetime, book by book, as any real collection should be, and contains a remarkable proportion of real rarities. If locating a copy of a book or pamphlet proves impossible, "try Princeton" is sound advice. But the Pierson Collection represents a much greater thing: this life-long devotion of a loyal son of Princeton to an ideal that would add prestige to his Alma Mater. His means were slender, but time expended and intelligent persistence mean much more than money. Such a collection is a heritage of which few institutions can boast. His interest continued to the end. I was with him a few days before his death. He was confined to his bed, and very weak, but we talked of Princeton and his collection there. Such devotion cannot be forgotten.

For contents see: Princeton University Classed List. volume 6, pp. 2985-3077. [(ExB) 0639.7373.5 vol. 6] (Offprint: Pierson Civil War Collection. Princeton Press, 1920.) [full text] Also consult: John F. Joline, "Special Collections at Princeton. VI. The Pierson Civil War Collection," in the Princeton University Library Chronicle II, 3 (April, 1941) pp. 105-110 [full text]. Further references: Robert G. Albion, "An Unrivalled Civil War Collection" in the Princeton Alumni Weekly XXXIII (19), Feb. 10, 1933, pp. 401-2, and Caroline Moseley, "When will dis cruel war be ober? Attitudes toward Blacks in popular song of the Civil War" in American Music (Fall, 1984). [Article based almost exclusively on materials in the Pierson Collection, especially the collection of songs under call number W97.255q, for which there is available a short listing of the 102 individial titles in the collection.]

Note The poetry, drama, etc. section of the Pierson Collection -- the section with the Pierson call number W98 -- was reclassed into Richardson classification and put in the open stacks a number of years ago.

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Plate from Apologie d'homère et Bouclier d'Achille (Paris, 1715)
[(Ex) 2007-2567n]


The Library has numerous early printed editions of both separate and complete works of classical authors. It also has substantial holdings of editions of writers in Latin and Greek not of the classical period. All such books are scattered throughout the General Rare Books Collection (Ex) and other collections such as Goertz and Gryphius (GRY). Many relevant books fall into the call numbers ranging from (Ex) 2500 to (Ex) 2999. For some other particulars refer to: Classics of Greece and Rome (Exhibition Catalogue; December 1951 to February 1952) [(ExB) 0639.739 no.9] [full text] .

    See also the entries: HORACE; VIRGIL, in this Guide.

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      ("MARK TWAIN")

Part of the collection is made up of the gift of Mrs. Thomas L. Leeming, whose husband was a member of the Class of 1926. Her gift of some 90 items includes first American editions of all but a few of the books written by Mark Twain, and many of his privately printed and ephemeral pieces. In 1966 another 50 items were added to the Clemens collection. They relate to the career of Twain, or were written by him. The collection forms part of the General Rare Books Collection (Ex).

For particulars refer to: Merle Johnson. A Bibliography of the Works of Mark Twain. (New York, 1935). A copy of Johnson's bibliography of Twain has been checked against the holdings in the Princeton University Library and is available in the Dulles Reading Room: [(ExB) 3679.7.051]

Also see: "Mark Twain" in the "New & Notable" section of the Princeton University Library Chronicle XII, 4 (Summer, 1951) pp. 217-218 [full text] .

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Grover Cleveland Library.
Location designator: CL

Contains 130 volumes from the library of Grover Cleveland, almost all of which are presentation copies to the President or his wife. Topics represented are chiefly biography, history, speeches by famous men, ethics and religion, and government publications. Also includes a large Bible.

The collection was acquired from Mr. Cleveland when he moved to Princeton in 1897. Alyn Brodsky, in his book Grover Cleveland: A study in character (New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000, pp. 408-410) explains that among the numerous crates of books shipped from Washington, D.C. were many presentation copies on subjects that didn't interest Cleveland. The Princeton University librarian was invited by Mr. Cleveland to pick out any of the unwanted books that the librarian wanted. The collection is separately arranged, classed and catalogued.

The Manuscripts Division holds the Grover Cleveland collection, 1860-1907 [(MSS) C0237], which consists of several holograph addresses of Cleveland, miscellaneous correspondence including over 400 original shorthand letters dictated by Cleveland to Julian B. Beaty, a Princeton student (1902-1906) working his way through college, and over 200 photographs of mostly family scenes and residences.

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The Library of the College of New Jersey (which in 1896 became Princeton University) was first destroyed during the Revolutionary War and then was burned again in 1802. Since 1803, the collections have remained intact. Regrettably, only one shelf of books remains from the early days of the Library and consists of only a few titles falling into two groups.

    I. Books from the Library of Governor Belcher, first major donor.
   II. Books from other sources, such as Nicholas Bayard, Class of 1757, and "his Royal Highness, George, Prince of Wales, 1757."

For a list of these books see the Collections File under College of New Jersey.

For books presented by Thomas Hollis (1720-74) to Princeton, such as that at left, see James Holly Hanford, "Ut Spargam; Thomas Hollis Books at Princeton" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XX, 4 (Summer, 1959) pp. 165-74. [full text]

See also William S. Dix, The Princeton University Library in the Eighteenth Century (Princeton, 1978) [full text]


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Sheilah Graham and the College of One

Fitzgerald undertook personally to educate his close friend, Sheilah Graham, in a course of study which came to be known as the College of One. Graham documented the story of the College of One in her book of that title. The curriculum which Fitzgerald prepared for her covered a broad spectrum of topics, but was especially strong in contemporary literature. It included: history, poetry, English, American, French, and Russian literature, music, art, and philosophy.

In 1968, Graham presented Princeton Library with the books which she used in her College of One education. Some are formally inscribed by Fitzgerald, but others have notes by him in the margins, as well as casual jottings such as grocery lists. There are 246 volumes in the College of One Collection.

The College of One Collection is separately shelved and arranged and has the Departmental location designator of: College of One. There is a checklist of the collection, which is catalogued with call number: (Ex) Z1035.xP7 1979.

Also, click here to see the full College of One listing.

An important microfilm held by the Library is Books from the library of Sheilah Graham, Los Angeles, California, including books presented to her by F. Scott Fitzgerald and books annotated by him. According to the May 9, 1961 cover letter documenting this microfilm "The books ... are represented on this microfilm by their title-pages and by such pages in each volume as are annotated or otherwise marked." 2 microfilm reels. Call number for the film is: (Film) MICROFILM 07287.

   See also the entry: FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT, in this Guide.

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CONRAD, JOSEPH (1857-1924)

A copy of Thomas J. Wise's bibliography has been checked against the Princeton holdings and is available in the Dulles Reading Room: Thomas James Wise. A Conrad Library. (London, 1928) [(ExB) 3687.3.097] The Conrad collection forms part of the General Rare Books Collection (Ex).

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   See: CHESS

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Available in the Collections File is a photocopy of the following, checked for the Library's holdings: Gertrude E. Noyes. Bibliography of Courtesy and Conduct Books in Seventeenth Century England. (New Haven, 1937) as well as a draft of an article by Sylvia Marks on the Library's courtesy books (never published).

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COWPER, WILLIAM (1731-1800)

Publication of the papers of William Cowper by the Oxford University Press in 1979-1986 shows that Princeton is evidently the leading library in the United States for holdings of Cowper material. These holdings are based on two major collections: Hannay and Povey.

The Hannay collection was purchased for the Library by Robert H. Taylor in 1962. There are about 325 books and more than 150 pamphlets in the Hannay collection alone. It is a nearly complete collection of all the early editions of his works.

Most valuable in that collection is the set of Cowper's works extra-illustrated by William Upcott (1799-1845). He embellished the set with 779 portraits, miscellaneous plates, and autographs.
Listings for the contents of the volumes are available online, per the following table:
Volume no. per Upcott
Link to listing

• Hayley, William, 1745-1820.  The life, and posthumous writings, of William Cowper,   London, 1806.  4 v.   Princeton University Library call number (Ex) 3693.7.716.1806a 

The Iliad of Homer, tr. into English blank verse, by William Cowper, Esq., London, 1810. (Ex)3693.7.347.1810.
The Odyssey ... translated into English blank verse, by W. Cowper, Esq., London, 1810. (Ex)3693.7.347.1810a.
Private correspondence of William Cowper, Esq., with several of his most intimate friends, London, 1824. (Ex)3693.

•Cowper, William. Poems, London, 1800 (2 vol.) and Vol. III, London, 1815. (Ex) 3693.7.1800a


• Poems, Translated from the French of Madame de la Mothe Guion,  London, 1811.
Bound with Power of Grace illustrated, in Six Letters from a minister of the Reformed Church to John Newton, London, 1792. (Ex)  3693.7.342.1811


• Cowper, Memoir, (London, 1816); Life, by J. Corry (London, 1803); Sermon, by S. Greathead (London, 1800) and some other biographical titles.   (Ex)  3693.7.311.1819


Also consult: The Povey Collection of William Cowper (A Catalogue) [(Ex) 3693.7.075].

All books in the Cowper collections form part of the General Rare Books Collection (Ex).

For particulars refer to: Norma Russell. A Bibliography of William Cowper to 1837. (Oxford, 1963) [(ExB) 3693.7.079]. Princeton's copy has been checked against holdings in the Library.

Also, for further details, see: Charles Ryskamp, "William Cowper and His Circle: A Study of the Hannay Collection" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXIV, 1 (Autumn, 1962) pp. 3-26 [ full text]. (The Reverend John Newton, associate of Cowper and abolitionist, was given an honorary degree by Princeton.)

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COXE, LOUIS OSBORNE, Class of 1940 (b. 1918)

Of 25 editions of his works in the Library, many are in the General Rare Books Collection (Ex).

For a collection of periodicals in which his works appeared, see the collection entitled Miscellaneous works by Louis Osborne Coxe, 1941-1960, which contains 13 journal issues. [(Ex) PS3503.O9637 A6 1941q]

The Manuscripts Division holds two collections on Coxe; (MSS) C0210, which contains over sixty autograph and typescript manuscripts of verse by Coxe, as well as sixteen of the poet's notebooks; and (MSS) C0730, which consists of approximately 110 letters by Coxe to his former classmate, fellow poet, and friend William Meredith, written primarily during the 1940s and 1970s.

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Princeton has many (ca. 800) volumes from Cozzens's own library. The various titles reflect research done for his various novels. The volumes are dispersed among the many collections in the Library, both general stack and rare book. See the Association File, for those held in the rare book collections.

The Library has some 75 volumes by Cozzens himself, including translations of his works into German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian.

About 200 more of Cozzens' books arrived in January, 1979; they have been processed and distributed among the general and rare book collections.

The Library also has his papers, (MSS) C0061; the collection illustrates the literary and military careers of Cozzens in manuscripts, notebooks, diaries (1920-1970), war journals (1911-1945), correspondence (general, family, and business), documents, memorabilia, clippings, and photographs. See also: Richard M. Ludwig, "A reading of the James Gould Cozzens Manuscripts" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XIX, 1 (Autumn, 1957) pp. 1-14 [full text] .

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Richard W. Meirs, Class of 1888: Collection of George Cruikshank
Location designator: Cruik

About 1000 volumes (separately arranged, classed and catalogued), many separate prints, as well as drawings, finished oil paintings, oil sketches, "panorama" prints on rollers for viewing in special boxes, etched plates, broadsides, bound manuscripts, autograph letters, and Cruikshank correspondence. The materials are divided according to form among the following Divisions of the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections:

1. Graphic Arts -- has printed book section listed in the 1920 Classed Catalogue described below; it also has about 355 Cruikshank prints and arranged in Cohn number (stored with oversize Cruikshank books) as well as numerous drawings and other objects (there as well). The database VISUALS will give you access to the prints from a wide variety of points, including individual words in each title. For example, Cruikshank did a number of prints satirizing Napoleon; some can be found by searching the word Boney in the title. See also (GA) GC022, which contains a digital version of the catalogue of drawings. Scans of select prints and drawings are available in Almagest.

2. Manuscripts -- consists of bound manuscripts, autograph letters, and Cruikshank correspondence. (MSS) C0256 contains the personal papers of Cruikshank and his wife, Eliza Cruikshank; reflecting his active participation not only in the world of the illustrator and caricaturist but also in the temperance movement of Victorian England. Included are manuscript material, drawings, correspondence, and documents. The groups of drawings, engravings, and proofs are also individually cataloged and listed in an online finding aid.

The total comprises one of the finest Cruikshank collections in America; first deposited at Princeton in 1913.

A complete list of Library holdings as of 1920 appears in the Princeton University Classed List, (Special Collections) vol. 6 (Princeton, 1920) pp. 3565-3583 [(ExB) 0639.7373.5], [full text], published after the major deposit of Cruikshank material by Mr. Meirs.

The Cohn Cruikshank bibliography (covering illustrated books and separate prints) has been checked (recording call numbers) for the Library's holdings. For particulars refer to: Albert M. Cohn. George Cruikshank, a catalogue raisonné of the work executed during the years 1806-1877. (London, 1924) [(GARF) NC1479.C9 C72q, copy 2)

An important article about how and why Americans collected Cruikshankiana was published in 1916 by Arthur Bartlett Maurice, Class of 1894. See A. B. Maurice, "Cruikshank in America", in The Bookman November 1916. Available as a PDF file. Maurice was editor of The Bookman from 1899 to 1916. This article has many particulars about the Meirs collection.

See also: Howard S. Leach "Cruikshank's Illustrations of Shakespeare in the Meirs Collection, Princeton University Library" in the Princeton Alumni Weekly (13 December 1916, p 259-262). An editorial note on the same page as this article states "Alumni visiting Princeton may spend a very entertaining and profitable afternoon in looking over this collection, which is in the exhibition room of the Library."

Also see: F.J. Mather "Rowandson and Cruikshank" in the Princeton Alumni Weekly (4 March 1932); Frank Jewett Mather, "A Statistical Survey of the Meirs Cruikshank Collection" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle IV, 2-3 (February-April, 1943) pp. 50-52 [full text]; E.D.H. Johnson. George Cruikshank: the Collection at Princeton (Princeton, 1973) [(Cruik) 747] which is the offprint of: E.D.H. Johnson, "The George Cruikshank Collection at Princeton" in Princeton University Library Chronicle XXXV, 1 (Autumn and Winter, 1973-74) pp. 1-33. [full text].

More on the donor from the entry in 'The Treasure Room Revisited: The Tradition of Princeton Collecting':

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The Library received 160 volumes consisting of editions of Dante's works and books about him, the gift of Miss Henrietta G. Ricketts. Included are two 15th-century editions of the Divine Comedy (Venice, 1477; Florence, 1481). All books have been catalogued and are accessible through records in the public catalogue.

For particulars refer to: J. Keene Fleck, "A Dante Collection" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XVI, 4 (Summer, 1955) p. 187 [full text] .

An important Dante accession shelved in GAX is the elephant folio La divina commedia with illustrations by Amos Nattini, published in Milan, 1923-1941. [(GAX) PQ4302 .F23e]

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DAVIDSON, JOHN (1857-1909)

The Library contains probably the largest and richest collection of Davidsoniana in existence. More than 70 volumes, chiefly first editions and variants, as well as reader's reports and newspaper clippings. All books have been catalogued and are accessible through records in the public catalogue.

The Manuscripts Division has a collection of material [(MSS) C0215] that contains over 350 letters by Davidson, most of which are addressed to Grant Richards, his friend and publisher. There are also nine autograph manuscripts in the collection, and proofs.

For particulars refer to: J. Benjamin Townsend '40, "The Quest for John Davidson" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XIII, 3 (Spring, 1952) pp. 123-142 [full text] .

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DEFOE, DANIEL (1660?-1731)

A copy (checked with call numbers for the Library's holdings) of John Robert Moore's Checklist of the Writings of Daniel Defoe , 2nd edition (Hamden, Conn, 1971) is available in the Dulles Reading Room [(ExB) Z8221.M6.1971] . Moore (2nd edition) has a total of 588 entries. Princeton (that is, in the General Rare Books Collection as well as the Taylor Collection) has at least 120 of the entries in original editions. The Library also has another 241 entries available on microfilm.

See also articles on the accession of copies of Robinson Crusoe in Princeton University Library Chronicle XVII, 4 (Summer, 1956) pp. 270-271 [full text] and in Princeton University Library Chronicle XLIII, 2 (Winter, 1983) pp. 158-162 [ full text] . The latter is by Professor Louis Landa and is entitled "Behrman Gift of Defoe and Burns."

Also note that in the Taylor Collection is an annotated copy of Bacon's Advancement of Learning. [(RHT) 17th-18], whose makrings have been attributed at times to Defoe.

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DE LA MARE, WALTER (1873-1956)

Gift of Hamilton Cottier.

More than 190 volumes, catalogued during the spring of 1985; records for them are in the Library's On-line catalogue. Covering not only de la Mare's poems, fiction, and criticism, the collection also includes a selection of books and articles about him. Several of the books are signed copies of limited editions. Hamilton Cottier's own annotated copy of the Walter de la Mare checklist, prepared in 1956 for the exhibition of the author's books and manuscripts at the National Book League in London, serves as a guide to the contents of the collection [(Ex) PR6007.E3 Z99167].

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DEL MAR, ALEXANDER (1836-1926)

Seven books annotated by the author and being much interleaved with supplementary material were presented to the Library by his son, Judge A. Demorest Del Mar, in 1961-62. They are found in the General Rare Books Collection (Ex).

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The Derrydale Press published special limited editions of sporting books. It was a special publishing venture of Eugene V. Connett III, Class of 1912, founded in 1926 and continuing until its liquidation in 1942. The Library has a collection of practically all books published by the Derrydale Press.

The Connett collection of some 250 volumes also contains all of the sporting books edited by Mr. Connett for D. Van Nostrand Company.

Also included in the collection are 15 scrapbooks containing circulars, small catalogues, announcements, special items, and privately printed items for individuals, for the Anglers Club, et al. The Library also has the archives of the Press; these later items -- mss. & scrapbooks -- are housed in the Manuscript Division, (MSS) C0070. The Derrydale materials were given by Mr. Connett in three separate parts, received 1955, 1956, and 1957, respectively.

The Derrydale Press also issued numerous prints but the Library does not own any of these prints, as of 1985.

For particulars refer to: Eugene V. Connett III '12, "Some Random Notes on the Derrydale Press" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XVIII, 1 (Autumn 1956) pp. 11-14 [full text] as well as: The Derrydale Press: A Bibliography (Goshen: Angler's & Shooter's Press, 1981) [(ExB) Z473.D43S53] for an article on Connett by Stephen Ferguson and a detailed bibliographical listing of Derrydale imprints. Of the 171 entries for Derrydale in this bibliography, the Library has ALL but 13 entries. The ExB copy of the Derrydale bibliography is marked for the Library's holdings. There is a list of those Derrydales not held in the Collections File.

For further particulars refer to the Winter 1979 exhibition catalogue: Stephen Ferguson. The Gentleman's Recreation: Sporting Books in the Princeton University Library (Princeton, 1979) [(ExB) 00639.739 no. 39]. [full text] .

The collection is catalogued; records for them are in the Library's online catalogue. They are shelved and arranged separately with call number Connett Collection. Access to the collection is through the the General Rare Books Collection.

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Beeton's Christmas Annual for 1887
The first published Sherlock Holmes story
Gift of Howard T. Behrman
[(Ex)PR4622 .S88 1887]

Some 80 volumes acquired in 1971 by such authors as Samuel Hopkins Adams, James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Erle Stanley Gardner, Ellery Queen, and Cornell Woolrich.

More than 40 volumes are by and about M.P. (Matthew Phipps) Shiel. All are scattered throughout the collections of the Library. See also: Crime and Punishment: Eight Centuries of Murder, Death, and Detection. Books, manuscripts, drawings, and prints from the Princeton University Collections. [An exhibition prepared by Jean F. Preston, and on display January 28 to April 15, 1984]. [(ExB) 0639.739 no. 46]. [full text] .

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DICKINSON, EMILY (1830-1886)

The Margaret Jane Pershing Collection of Emily Dickinson was presented to the Library in 1969.

The collection (200+ volumes) is particularly rich in variant editions of the three series of poems (1890, 1891, 1896 in over 70 editions and variants), the letters, and all the 20th-century posthumous volumes. It is also rich in books and magazine articles about the life and work of Emily Dickinson. Also, together with these are creative works inspired by Emily Dickinson.

A complete catalogue of the Pershing collection was compiled at the time of the receipt of the gift: Robert S. Fraser. The Margaret Jane Pershing Collection of Emily Dickinson. Princeton: Princeton University Library, 1969. [(Ex) 3715.1.073 and (Holden) 3715.1.073]

The collection is also described in College and Research Library News VIII (September, 1969) pp. 272-274.

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Beadle's Frontier Series, numbers 58 and 59
(ca. 1908-1909) in the Robinson Collection

From the John Shaw Pierson Civil War

The Library's holdings relating to Dime Novels are divided chiefly among two collections. One major portion, about 1,700 individual issues, is in the Cotsen Children's Library. Some details about these are covered in the exhibition "Cheap Thrills," mounted in Cotsen during the fall of 2006.
The second major portion is in the general rare books collection, chiefly in three sub-units thereof, namely,
The Stanley Lieberman Memorial Collection (900 individual numbers)
The Mary Robinson Memorial Collection of Hero Fiction (400 individual numbers)
— The John Murray Reynolds '22 Collection, consisting of 111 issues of various boys, dime-novel, mystery, and other such pulp magazines published in the United States between 1925 and 1947. Each issue contains a story or contribution by John Murray Reynolds of the Class of 1922. A checklist [full text] of the collection is available.
Lastly, a few individual numbers of dime novels are found in the Eckel Newboy Collection. See box 2a in the collection inventory.
    See the entry: HERO FICTION in this Guide for more details on these three collections.

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Gift of Paul M. Douglas, Class of 1941.

A collection of about 110 titles and editions of her novels was received in the fall of 1990. It includes her first book In Trust, or Dr. Bertrand's Household (1866) [(Extr) 3719.41.349]. Catalogued.

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The Library has extensive holdings in American drama, especially in the Theatre Collection. As a preliminary guide to some of these materials consult the following exhibition catalogue. Fifty Years of American Drama 1900-1950. Catalogue of the Exhibition held in the Library of Princeton University. (Princeton, 1955) [(ExB) 16]. [full text].

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Drama during the Restoration period represents a turning point in English theatre. Princeton has a large collection in the field of Restoration drama. The collection is dispersed within the General Rare Books Collection (Ex). In 2009, Princeton has more than 65% (895+ of 1379) of all issues of plays in England 1641-1700 and for 1660-1700 nearly two-thirds (about 613 of 986).

Most of the major Restoration dramatists are unusually well represented: Aphra Behn, William Congreve, John Crowne, John Dryden, Thomas Durfey, George Etherege, Nathaniel Lee, Thomas Otway, Elkanah Settle, Thomas Shadwell, William Wycherley.

For particulars refer to: Gerald Eades Bentley, "Restoration Plays at Princeton" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXXIV, 2 (Winter, 1973) pp. 131-139 [ full text] and Alfred L. Bush, "The Jacobean and Caroline Stage: Quartos from Princeton Collections" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXX, 2 (Winter, 1969) pp. 77-89 [ full text] .

See also: Mary Ann Jensen, "Recent Acquisitions in Restoration Plays" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXXVII, 3 (Spring, 1976) pp. 245-247 [ full text] .

A copy of Gertrude Woodward and James McManaway's A Checklist of English Plays 1641-1700 (Chicago, 1945) has been checked against the Princeton holdings (no call numbers given) with a manuscript list on the end leaves of plays purchased during the years 1963-1998. The list gives date, source and price of purchase. [(ExB) 04704.984].

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DRYDEN, JOHN (1631-1700)

A copy of MacDonald's bibliography has been checked against Princeton Library holdings, and is available for consultation in the Library's Dulles Reading Room. Refer to: Hugh MacDonald. John Dryden. A Bibliography of Early Editions and of Drydeniana. (Oxford, 1939) [(ExB) 3722.061].

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Hodder and Stoughton. "Yellow Jacket"series. 1900s-1940s.
[(Ex) Item 4572624]

Hodder and Stoughton. Wrappers of books published by Hodder and Stoughton Limited, ca. 1900-40.Approximately 1200 wrappers, distributed among 2 bound vol and 3 boxes. Princeton collection formerly on deposit at the Guildhall Library, London. In March 2001, Hodder and Stoughton withdrew these and eventually sold them. Princeton purchased them from a Boston bookseller in April, 2007.
[H&S vol 1]
Bound in brown cloth
Guildhall Library shelfmark on spine: Ms 16346A vol 1
Ca. 1920-40: books at 9d; also (inverted at end) at 2s
[H&S vol 2]
Bound in brown cloth
Guildhall Library shelfmark on spine: Ms 16346A vol 3
Ca. 1920-40: books at 2s; also (inverted at end) at 2/6, 3/6 and 5s.
[H&S box 1 - unit 1]
Leaves (brown) with wrappers for books at 2s
"Yellow Jacket" series; Leaves numerated in white 1 to 50
Probably ca 1920-1940 [approx. 53]
[H&S box 1 - unit 2]
Leaves (brown) with wrappers for books at 3/6 and 2s
Leaves numerated in yellow 2 to 71
Leaves 2 to 51, books at 3/6; Leaves 52 to 71, books at 2s
Probably ca 1920-1940 [approx 60]
[H&S box 2]
38 leaves (white) with wrappers for books at 1s. 2s, 2/6, 6s,
Leaves numerated and un-numerated [approx 75]
[H&S box 3 - unit 1]
Leaves (brown) with wrappers for books at 3/6
Some "Yellow Jacket Western" series
Leaves numerated in yellow 52 to 58 [approx. 18]
[H&S box 3 - unit 2]
Leaves (brown) with wrappers for books at 9d and unpriced
Leaves numerated in white: 25, 10[1], 10[2], 113 [approx. 12]
[H&S box 3 - unit 3]
18 leaves (brown) with wrappers for books at 9d and various prices
Leaves un-numerated -- [approx 70]
[H&S box 3 - unit 4]
45 torn fragments of leaves (brown) with wrappers for books at 9d and various other prices [approx. 45]
[H&S box 3 - unit 5]
26 cut fragments of leaves (brown) with wrappers for books at 9d and various other prices [approx. 26]
[H&S box 3 - unit 6]
23 unmounted wrappers [23]

See also:

In the papers of the Scribner's publishing firm is a collection of dust jackets covering the period from 1920 to the1950s. These files, arranged alphabetically by author name, contain a selection of over 1000 original dust jackets for works published during those years. They are part of the Archives of Charles Scribner's Sons (C0101).

Also, many books in the Class of 1917 Collection, a gift of Landon T. Raymond, Princeton Class of 1917, were retained for their dust jackets, which spanned the period from the 1930s to the 1970s. Mention is made in the online catalogue records of the presence of the dust jackets.

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