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Annual Friends of the Princeton Public Library book sale this weekend, June 23-24

The 2017 Friends of the Princeton Public Library Book Sale, which usually takes place in the fall, will be held June 23-24 in the library’s community room.

This year’s sale includes more than 10,000 books for all ages and across 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, June 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. A ticket for the Preview Sale is $10, but 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. Barcode scanners will be permitted at the tables, but collecting books to scan will not be allowed.

Starting at noon, admission to the book sale is free for the remainder of the sale.
Hours are noon-8:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Literary classics, fiction, mysteries, art, science and math, history and politics, and children’s books will be featured at the sale. Buyers will also find books in a variety of world languages for all ages, numerous cookbooks, travel books, plus old and unusual books, including vintage children’s books.

Special items at this year’s sale include:

  • A “Henri Matisse : Catalogue Raisonné de L’œuvre Gravé,”
    published in 1983
  • A complete set of the “Encyclopaedia Britannica” 11th Edition Handy
    Volume, published in 1911
  • A 1946 first American edition of “Animal Farm,” from Eleanor Roosevelt’s
    Hyde Park library, with her initials on the binding
  • Dave Eggers’ novel “What is What. The Autobiography of Valentino Achak
    Deng,” signed by both Eggers and Deng
  • “Cycle of the Werewolf” and “Silver Bullet,” both signed by Stephen King
  • A first edition of the children’s classic, “The Phantom
    Tollbooth”
  • A first American edition of “Watership Down, ” signed by Richard Adams
  • Three volumes of “The Correspondence of Jonathan Swift,” edited by D.D.
    Wooley
  • The first volume of “The Stuarts” by J.J. Foster, a signed, limited edition
    from 1902, with beautiful engravings
  • Several signed first editions from John McPhee
  • An eclectic collection of books from Freeman Dyson’s library

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

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