Recent Acquisitions

  • Posted on: Friday, 1 March 2019 - 9:47am
    The Dixon Collection, housed in the DeLong Room of Firestone Library, contains new fiction and popular non-fiction books perfect for leisure reading.  Complementary to the Dixon print collection, the library also offers over 3,000 ebook and audiobook titles available for downloading or streaming on...
  • Posted on: Thursday, 11 October 2018 - 11:51am
    Unua Libro (First Book), published in July 1887: the first book ever written about Esperanto  On October 10, faculty and Library staff gathered in Firestone Library to celebrate the gift of a rare book, "Unua Libro," from dedicated Esperantist Humphrey Tonkin to Princeton University Library. "Unua...
  • Posted on: Tuesday, 11 September 2018 - 1:33pm
      Written by Julie Mellby, Graphic Arts Librarian The Graphic Arts Collection recently acquired a complete set of the early Soviet art magazine Tvorchestvo (roughly translated as Creation) including all 23 issues running from 1918 to 1922. A popular magazine, unfortunately the print runs gradually...
  • Posted on: Wednesday, 25 July 2018 - 9:27am
       Written by Julie Mellby, Graphic Arts Librarian  To make a color lithograph, each individual color in the design must be separated and drawn onto an individual lithographic stone. Then, the stones are printed one after another onto a single sheet, with careful registration.  The Graphic Arts...
  • Posted on: Thursday, 12 July 2018 - 10:35am
     Written by Thomas Keenan, Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Librarian Princeton University Library has acquired a rare near-complete run of the early Soviet illustrated weekly Krasnaia niva, published from 1923 to 1931. Krasnaia niva (“Red Field”) published poetry and short prose works...
  • Posted on: Wednesday, 11 July 2018 - 8:58am
    Photograph in collection.  Written by Jessica Terekhov, graduate student in the Department of English The work of 16 known photographers is represented in a series of 73 photographs documenting poverty across America in April/May 1968, recently acquired by the Graphic Arts Collection. The images,...
  • Posted on: Wednesday, 9 May 2018 - 1:38pm
        Written by Nicole Fabricand-Person, Japanese Art Specialist at Marquand Library  KITAGAWA UTAMARO (1753?-1806)Akera Kankō (1740-1800), editorGifts from the Ebb Tide (Shiohi no tsuto)[Edo]: Kōshōdō Tsutaya Jūzaburō, ca. 1789 Described as "one of the most beautiful books ever published," (1) ...
  • Posted on: Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - 10:33am
      Princeton University Library has acquired an extremely rare 1933 vocal score of Dmitri Shostakovich’s opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District. This acquisition, funded by the Friends of the Princeton University Library, marks only the fifth recorded copy of this edition held by libraries in...
  • Posted on: Monday, 5 March 2018 - 3:21pm
    Bill Bradley, a 1965 Princeton alumnus, speaks at the University in this undated photo. (Photo by John W.H. Simpson)  Princeton University Library has acquired the Bill Bradley Papers, an extensive collection of documents and records chronicling Bradley's career as a former United States Senator,...
  • Posted on: Friday, 9 February 2018 - 11:07am
    Nanshoku ōkagami: Honchō waka fūzoku [The Great Mirror of Male Love: The Custom of Boy Love in Our Land] is a classic of Japanese literature and art. Written by Ihara Saikaku, one of the most popular writers of the Edo period (1603-1868) and punctuated with images by the era’s leading book...
  • Posted on: Friday, 2 February 2018 - 2:39pm
     Written by Thomas Keenan, Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Librarian Over the past year, Princeton University Library has acquired a collection of 480 posters from the Stagnation and Perestroika eras of the last decades of the Soviet Union. In recent years, the late-Soviet period has moved...
  • Posted on: Friday, 17 November 2017 - 5:58am
      Written by Alan Stahl, Curator of Numismatics The Princeton University Library Numismatic Collection has just received by bequest the Benjamin R. Bell Collection of Ducats. Bell, who worked as a coin dealer and died at a young age earlier this year, was a collector and scholar of the medieval...
  • Posted on: Wednesday, 10 May 2017 - 10:31am
    The Princeton University Numismatic Collection announces the acquisition of Peter Donald’s vast collection of rare Byzantine coins. Comprising 5,280 coins, the London-based numismatic scholar’s collection is one of the most comprehensive private collections in the world. It provides an in-depth...
  • Posted on: Monday, 24 April 2017 - 3:05pm
    Princeton University Library’s Department of Special Collections is pleased to announce the acquisition of the most significant specimen of the ‘Gutenberg Bible’ discovered during this century. This single leaf printed on vellum (calfskin) is a remarkable survival from what is widely considered the...
  • Posted on: Monday, 24 April 2017 - 12:12pm
    Three spectacular new etchings have been acquired for Firestone Library’s African American Studies Room (B floor) thanks to a joint initiative between the Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton University Library, and the Department of African American Studies.
  • Posted on: Monday, 16 January 2017 - 2:43pm
    Cover of Hanga, issue #3, 1924 featuring the print: Landscape with Warhouse (Warehouse) by Fukazawa Sakuichi (1896-1947)   At the beginning of the 20th century, shortly after the Japanese woodblock print began to influence Western painting and decoration, modern European art and new ideas about the...
  • Posted on: Tuesday, 22 March 2016 - 12:09pm
    March 22. Princeton users now have access to this full-text database comprised of 17 English-language periodicals published about China from 1817 until 1950, only a few of which were available in other database previously. Major historical events such as the Opium Wars, the Taiping Rebellion, the...
  • Posted on: Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 2:25pm
    The Family of Charles Patin (1684). Joseph Juster (active ca. 1690) after the painting by Noël Jouvenet (died 1698).   Title page of Pitture scelte... (1691). Marquand Library recently acquired a copy of one of the earliest publications of art-historical scholarship by a female scholar, Charlotte...
  • Posted on: Friday, 18 September 2015 - 11:33am
    In the words of its author and illustrator, Utagawa Toyokuni, ‘Ehon imayō sugata is a book about women of all kinds: from women of noble birth to those of the lowest classes—from the most virtuous women to the most immoral.’ Specifically, these are Toyokuni’s depictions of the modern women of early...
  • Posted on: Monday, 16 February 2015 - 9:56am
    On February 16, 2015, the University announced that the The Scheide Library has been received as a legacy from William H. Scheide, Class of 1936. It has been housed in Firestone Library since 1959, when Scheide moved the collection from his hometown of Titusville, Pennsylvania. Bill Scheide added...
  • Posted on: Friday, 17 October 2014 - 4:48pm
    The Princeton University Library is pleased to announce that the Papers of Toni Morrison, celebrated American author and Nobel Laureate, now have a permanent home in the Library. President Christopher L. Eisgruber made the announcement on Friday, October 17, in Princeton's Richardson Auditorium,...
  • Posted on: Monday, 24 March 2014 - 11:01am
    The Princeton University Library is pleased to announce that Peter N. Heydon, Princeton Class of 1962, has made several important gifts, which are now on view in Firestone Library’s Eighteenth-Century Window. The first is the slant-topped mahogany writing desk of British poet Elizabeth Barrett...
  • Posted on: Tuesday, 28 May 2013 - 10:12am
    An extraordinary collection of world maps, dating from 1472 to 1700, has found a permanent home in the Historic Maps Collection of the Princeton University Library. Collected by Henry Wendt, Class of 1955, and his wife, Holly, the thirty items have been traveling around the country for the past...
  • Posted on: Thursday, 28 February 2013 - 12:57pm
    Browse Dixon eBooks The Library is pleased to launch the Dixon eBooks Collection to the Princeton University Community. An extension of the print Dixon Reading Collection, this collection currently has over 500 titles available for downloading or streaming on your own device or reading online, and...
  • Posted on: Wednesday, 2 January 2013 - 10:34am
    For immediate release: The Princeton University Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of an eighteenth-century scribal score (297 pages) of George Frideric Handel’s three-act opera Berenice, copied by a contemporary Handel copyist (“S2”) from the composer’s autograph manuscript. The...