Rare Book Division

Rare Book Division

Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Housed in Firestone Library, the Rare Book Division of the Department of Special Collections includes printed books, pamphlets, and broadsides, published in early modern Europe as well as 18th and 19th century imprints from the Americas and Europe.

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Federal Theatre Project Collection, 1935-1939

TC015
7 boxes
The Federal Theatre Project Collection consists of bulletins, reports, speeches, catalogues, play programs, information releases, notices and reviews, clippings, protest leaflets, performance details, and other materials of the Federal Theatre Project established by the Works Progress Administration during the Depression, with Hallie Flanagan as the national director.

The Library of Jacques Derrida, Studio Series, 1686-2010

RBD1
327 boxes
Consists of the personal library of French philosopher Jacques Derrida and members of his household.
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Studio, 1686-2010

Contains books shelved by Derrida in his Studio, an addition to the house that served as Derrida's principal work environment from the time it was built in 2001 up to his death in 2004. Books are represented here as inventoried in 2011. Also includes books not inventoried in 2011 (hence presumably not shelved in the Studio at the time) but located in the Studio at the time of packing the Library for shipment to Princeton University Library.

The Library of Jacques Derrida, House Series, 1793-2013

RBD1-1
675 boxes
Consists of the personal library of French philosopher Jacques Derrida and members of his household.
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Studio, 1686-2010

Contains books shelved by Derrida in his Studio, an addition to the house that served as Derrida's principal work environment from the time it was built in 2001 up to his death in 2004. Books are represented here as inventoried in 2011. Also includes books not inventoried in 2011 (hence presumably not shelved in the Studio at the time) but located in the Studio at the time of packing the Library for shipment to Princeton University Library.

William H. Scheide Collection on Slavery in North America, 1688-1865 (mostly 1766-1865)

SL001
1 box
Consists of a group of around forty documents, primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries, that were assembled by collector William H. Scheide on the topic of slavery in North America.

Broadside Playbills, 1700-2000

TC113
17 boxes
This collection contains broadside playbills from the United States, England, and Europe.

Robert Thorp of Alnwick Collection of Printed and Manuscript Music, 1729-1819

RBD3
6 boxes
Consists of printed and manuscript music collected by Robert Thorp of Alnwick.

Collection of Ephemera Relating to the Marketing of Books, 1742-2014

RBD2
15 boxes
Collection of ephemera relating to the marketing of books, consisting of prospectuses, adverts, catalogs, etc.
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Bickham, George: Proposals for printing by subscription the Universal penman, 1742

Broadside (408 x 246 mm.); moderate foxing and soiling, hinged to mat; very good. Scarce Broadside for "the most curious book of its kind hitherto extant," soliciting subscribers for the second (and first complete) issue in parts of Bickham's magnum opus, the outstanding English writing manual of the 18th-century, following the 1733-1741 serial first issue also published by subscription. According to Muir, the Bickham venture was "the first recorded attempt to issue in periodical parts a work that was intended for subsequent issue in book form" (P.H. Muir, "The Bickhams and their Universal Penman," The Library, series 4, Volume 25, pages 162, 165, and 185).

Joseph Jefferson Collection, 1823-1976 (mostly 1829-1905)

TC132
1 box
Joseph Jefferson (1829-1905) was an American actor and author. His collection consists of biographical newspaper clippings, 2 copies of his Autobiography, theatrical criticism and approbation, and clippings on family matters.
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Edmund Kean Collection, 1814-1933

TC131
1 box
Consists of theater programs, newspaper clippings, and articles on English actor Edmund Kean, as well as portraits of Kean in various dramatic roles.

Playbills Printed on Satin, 1803-1923

TC114
1 box
The Playbills Printed on Satin collection comprises 46 playbills printed on satin fabric.