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A Spectacle of Skeletons for Halloween

Celebrating our twenty-third year serving the Princeton community and lovers of children’s books wherever they may be. Fifteen years ago today Cotsen opened its gallery doors to the public.

The Osgood Sisters and Waldstein Press

Agnes Haswell Osgood in her Waldstein Press Samuel Osgood, Letters to the Evening Post Written at Home and Abroad (New York: [Waldstein Press], 1890). Copy 13 of 25. Presentation copy inscribed by the author’s daughter: “Miss Graham from her friend Agnes H.

Fighting for the World’s Children: Henry R. Labouisse’s Service in UNICEF

By Diana Dayoub ’21 For development is not just roads, power plants, stepped up production in industry and agriculture. Development is people, beginning with the child. —Henry R.

Poésie pour pouvoir

Henri Michaux (1899-1984), Poésie pour pouvoir. Text and frontispiece by Michaux. Design and linocuts by Michel Tapié (Paris: René Drouin, 1949). Copy XII of 46, signed by Henri Michaux et Michel Tapié.

Musical Families

The Hurtt Family, taken in Detroit, Michigan   This is the third in a series of three posts introducing our new collection of vernacular portrait photographs of American musicians.

One Person Bands

This is the second of three posts introducing our new collection of vernacular portrait photographs of American musicians.

The House of Potter

Ready for a stroll down Diagon Alley? Perhaps gaze upon an ever-shifting gothic window? Or maybe you'd like to enjoy the portrait gallery before you ramble through the graveyard?

This Week in Princeton History for October 26-November 1

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the Cane Spree inspires a songwriter, Buddhists chant in Alexander Hall, and more.

American Musicians

Back in 2011, Pasadena visual and sound artist Steve Roden published a collection of vernacular photographs together with several compilation CDs entitled I Listen to the Wind that Obliterates My Traces …, which presented music and musicians we might not otherwise know or

Revisiting the 2016 Election through Picture Books

During the 2016 election campaign, Cotsen began collecting American children’s books about contemporary politics with a sense of urgency that had been lacking previously.  It seemed as if there were more of them than before and that fewer of their …

Print Scam or Good Business?

In the summer of 1860, the Philadelphia lithographers and partners Edward Herline (1825-1902) and Daniel Hensel (1830-1919) came up with a marketing scheme to sell a fine art print, supposedly an edition of 75,000 engravings, after “one of the most celebrated artists that

Miss traveling? Unusual histories and wonderful experiences commenced in the year 1660

Eduward Meltons, Engelsch Edelmans, Zeldzaame en gedenkwaardige zee- en land-reizen: door Egypten, West-Indien, Perzien, Turkyen, Oost-Indien, en d’aangrenzende gewesten; behelzende een zeer naauwkeurige beschrijving der genoemde landen, benevens der zelber jnwoonderen go

Foodways for Princeton Students, Part II: Diversified Menus, 1855-2010s

This is the second post in a two-part series examining student foodways at Princeton.

A New Asiatic Melo Drame, Called The Africans or, The Desolate Island

Perhaps the earliest and most charming image of Richardson’s Theatre at the Bartholomew Fair appeared in Rudolph Ackermann’s Microcosm of London (1808-10), etched and aquatinted by Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Pugin.

Say it with Chocolate

We've reviewed a lot of interesting word products on this blog (see this calligraphy kit, these spelling straws, these clay words, this bbq brander, this DIY neon letter kit, and this vanishing paper!). But today's blog post has to be the sweetest test yet.