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Rare Books

Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Curator of Rare Books

Also known as William of Nassau

For particulars refer to: "A Collection of Books Concerning William of Nassau" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXI, 3 (Spring, 1960) pp. 175-177 [full text]. Nearly 250 books and pamphlets concerning the Glorious Revolution of 1688, which resulted in the accession in 1689 of the Prince and Princess of Orange to the English throne as King William III and Queen Mary. This collection helps to illuminate the background of the founding of Princeton as well as the history of 17th century England. The collection was acquired from the library formed by Prof. William A. Aiken of Lehigh University. A surprising number of imprints bear the imprint date of 1688-89 and cover political events, social history, and belle-lettres. All have been classed for the General Rare Book Collection (Ex) and are distributed throughout the collection.