Nearly 10,000 books will be on sale at the the 2013 Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Sale Sept. 27-29.
The sale will take place in the library’s Community Room and in a tent on Hinds Plaza.
The sale will features nearly 10,000 books for all ages on a wide variety of topics. Most books are priced between $1 and $3, with art books and special selections priced higher.
The event opens with a Preview Sale Friday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon. A ticket for the Preview Sale is $10, but admission is free for Friends of the Library. Numbered tickets will be available at the door starting at 8 a.m. Customers enter the sale in numerical order.
Starting at noon, admission to the book sale is free for the remainder of the sale. Hours are noon-8:30 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1-5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
On Sunday, books will be half price. From 3-5:30 p.m. that day, a standard grocery bag (provided) may be filled with books for $5.
This year’s sale includes a large number of high quality children’s books, history books and art books as well as books on cooking and gardening and a good selection of fiction, poetry and classics.
Buyers will also find many old and unusual books, books in a variety of foreign languages for both adults and children, CDs, DVDs (including many popular series), and audiobooks. Also on sale are modern first editions, a number of works by classic authors in fine bindings and sheet music. Of particular interest are:
- a signed copy of Seamus Heaney's “Crediting Poetry, The Nobel Lecture”
- a 1906 edition of Grover Cleveland’s “Fishing and Shooting Sketches”
- first editions of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “All the Sad Young Men” and “Afternoon of an Author”
- first edition of Thomas Wolfe’s “Of Time and the River” that was dedicated to and signed by the iconic publisher Maxwell E. Perkins
- “Observations Upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse of John,” printed in 1733, by Sir Isaac Newton. This book was in the Earl Harcourt's collection. It also has a note inside signed by Winston S. Churchill (probably a facsimile signature)
- Raymond Cogniat's “Decors de Theatre” inscribed by renowned scenic designer Donald Oenslager to Isaac Benesch (another set designer)
- books signed or inscribed by many well-known authors including Bill Clinton, William Saroyan, and Thornton Wilder
Collections include those of:
- Stanley Katz, featuring a selection of scholarly books on constitutional and international law
- Historians David Cannadine and Theodore Draper
- Composer Claudio Spies, including many music books
- Nathaniel Burt, author and son of authors Maxwell Struthers Burt and Katherine Newlin Burt, with a variety of books on Philadelphia and the West. Both father and son are Princeton University graduates.