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Rare Books

Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
609-258-3184
Acting Associate University Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections
609-258-3165

For particulars refer to: Walter Silz, "The Library's Goethe Exhibition" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle X, 4 (June, 1949) pp. 193-196 [full text] , as well as his "A Recent Gift of Goetheana" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XIII, 3 (Spring, 1952) pp. 165-167 [full text] .

This outstanding collection includes all early editions of Goethe's collected works which were issued during his lifetime. Besides these authentic editions, several pirated editions are in the collection.

Of special interest are the various editions of Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, along with editions of many Werther imitations, parodies, and counterfeits.

There are over 200 volumes of Faust, including many translations of that work. Two early, fragmentary editions of Faust (Leipzig, 1787 and 1790) are included. All has been catalogued and most has been classed under the number (Ex) 3445.357 and following.