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  • By Dawn’s Early Light: Jewish Contributions to American Culture from the Nation’s Founding to the Civil War

    Publication: A 352-page catalogue, with 13 scholarly essays and 75 full-color illustrations is available for purchase at the Art Museum Store.

  • Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888

    Commemorating the 350th anniversary of the naming of New Jersey, this exhibition introduces viewers to the maps that charted the state's development-from unexplored colonial territory to the first scientifically-surveyed state in the Union. Coastal charts, manuscript road maps, and early state maps provide a historical background to the major focus of the exhibition: the state's first wall maps and county atlases. The large scale of these maps allowed mapmakers to include the names/locations of nineteenth-century merchants and farmers, hence personalizing local history.

  • From A Thankful Nation: Latin American Medals & Orders in the Robert L. Ross Collection, Princeton University

    In 2008 Robert Ross approached Alan M. Stahl, Curator of Numismatics, Princeton University, about the possibility of donating his collection of medals and orders to the Princeton University Numismatic Collection. Stahl expressed his belief, on the basis of two decades as curator of the medals collection of the American Numismatic Society, that such objects did indeed provide material evidence for historical inquiry. Moreover, the need for such a collection at an academic institution was acute. Ross had built a general collection of world medals and orders.

  • Medieval & Renaissance Manuscripts in the Princeton University Library

    This two-volume catalogue is the first comprehensive scholarly description of the Western medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in the Princeton University Library, one of the finest collections in America. The rich holdings comprise more than 420 manuscripts in the Robert Garrett, Grenville Kane, Robert Taylor, Cotsen Library, and Princeton collections; manuscripts bound with incunables in the Rare Books Division; hundreds of single leaves and cuttings; and about 5,000 original documents in six other collections.

  • First X, Then Y, Now Z: An Introduction to Landmark Thematic Maps

    A thematic map may highlight an historic walking tour, locate where to find the cheapest gas, or identify global warming hotspots. Though the topics are endless, their geographical presentations will usually be visually interesting and intuitive. How, where, and when did this genre of cartography develop? This beautifully designed book introduces viewers to the early history of thematic mapping through both quantitative and qualitative examples. Shown in full color are early thematic maps in various disciplines, such as meteorology, geology.

  • The Cracked Lookingglass: Highlights from the Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Irish Prose Writers: Exhibition Catalogue

    This catalogue, which accompanies the eponymous exhibition in Princeton University Library’s Special Collections Gallery, January 28-July 10, 2011, provides an overview of many of the works contained in the still-growing Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Irish Prose Writers, but it is by no means comprehensive. It is hoped that this exhibition will be a springboard to further investigation of the library’s Irish holdings and a guide to the multiplicity of ways an expanded history of Irish prose can be read. Full-color illustrations. Beautifully designed.

  • Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, 1472 - 1700

    An extraordinary collection of world maps, dating from 1472 to 1700, found a permanent home in the Historic Maps Collection of the Princeton University Library in 2013. Collected by Henry Wendt, Class of 1955, and his wife, Holly, the thirty items had been traveling around the country for three years as an exhibition, “Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, 1472-1700.”  

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  • Money on Paper

    For the past two centuries, the form of illustration that has been most familiar to much of the world’s population has been that carried on bank notes. Vsevolod Onyshkevych offered Princeton Univ. Library the opportunity to exhibit selections from his extensive collection of world paper money in association with items from the Princeton Univ. Numismatic Collection, which is richest in the paper money of the U.S. This is the catalog of the exhibition, which was held from 30 Aug. 2010 through 2 Jan. 2011.

  • Greek Manuscripts at Princeton, Sixth to Nineteenth Century: A Descriptive Catalogue

    This is the first comprehensive scholarly publication of the rich holdings of Greek manuscripts and miniatures in Princeton, New Jersey, housed in the Firestone Library and the art museum of Princeton University, in the Scheide Library, and in Princeton Theological Seminary.  The catalogue provides codicological and art-historical analysis of all 64 manuscripts and leaves, along with detailed information on their content, provenance, and bindings; extensive bibliographies; and ample plates, almost all of them in color.

  • Strait Through: Magellan to Cook & the Pacific (An Illustrated History)

    This beautifully-designed book documents the story and the drama of the unfolding exploration of the Pacific Ocean that followed the discovery of the Strait of Magellan. In rare historic maps, many in full-color, and the original printed narratives of the main European explorers, the volume traces 250 years (1520s-1770s) of both national and personal maritime achievements, as the map of the Pacific slowly developed into its present shape.

  • Rebirth of Antiquity: Numismatics, Archaeology, and Classical Studies in the Culture of the Renaissance

    The proceedings ofThe Rebirth of Antiquity symposium were published as the Winter 2008 issue of the Princeton University Library Chronicleand also as a separate hardbound volume that is available for $20 (plus $2.50 for postage) from the Friends of Princeton University Library, One Washington Road, Princeton, NJ 08544.  Inquiries can made to Darlene Dreyer at

  • A Catalogue of the Junius Spencer Morgan Collection of Virgil in the Princeton University Library

    The Junius Spencer Morgan collection at Princeton University consists of over 700 titles (totaling around 900 volumes) of editions of the Roman poet Virgil (70-19 BC), in Latin and in various vernacular languages. Technically the collection includes items ranging from the first printed edition (Rome, 1469) to the present, but the focus is strongly on material published in the early modern period.