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Rare Books

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

In 1936, members of the Princeton English Department prepared a list of one hundred titles which in their opinion constituted the most important and influential books printed in English. At the time, Princeton had only 19 of these books in first editions, whereas Harvard had 79 and Yale had 74. Given this unfavorable comparison, an effort was undertaken to improve the Princeton Library's holdings of these 100 books. By 1955, the Library had 76; today (2004), together with the holdings of the Scheide and Taylor Libraries, it has 92. The list was first published in Biblia VII, 1 (February, 1936) pp.[15-20] [full text] .