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The Friends and Foundation of Princeton Public Library Annual Book Sale Oct. 13-15


The Friends and Foundation of Princeton Public Library Annual Book Sale will take place Oct. 13-15 in the library’s Community Room.


One of the top used book sales in the region, this year’s sale includes thousands of books for all ages and across a wide variety of topics. Most books are priced between $2 and $3, with art books and special selections priced higher. On the last day of the sale (Sunday), everything will be sold at half price.  


The event opens with a Preview Sale on Friday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. The first 30 tickets for the Preview Sale will be $20 per person, and the next tickets will be $5 per person. Numbered tickets will be available at the door starting at 8 a.m. Customers enter the sale in numerical order, and the number in the room will be limited to 30 customers throughout the Preview Sale. 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-5:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday.


The sale includes an excellent selection of literary classics, fiction, mysteries, art, history, biographies, food and wine, performing arts and religion and spirituality, as well as children’s books and many other genres. Special categories this year include Classics & Ancient History, and a fascinating selection of vintage science and medical books from a private collection.


Items with a Princeton connection include:


  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1st edition) and Zelda Fitzgerald, Save Me the Waltz (early edition)
  • University Cottage Club of Princeton, 1886-1936 (listing F. Scott Fitzgerald as a member)
  • Toni Morrison, Love and A Mercy (signed copies)         
  • Kurt Gödel, On Formally Undecidable Propositions   
  • John McPhee, Rising from the Plains (signed 1st edition) 
  •  Eudora Welty, Losing Battles (signed, limited edition once owned by Bill Bradley)


 Additional highlights include:


  • Carlo de Blasis, L’Uomo Fisico, Intellettuale e Morale (a very scarce 1857 book by the Italian ballet dancer with beautiful illustrations)    
  • Richard Avedon, In the American West (signed copy)
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano, Cat’s Cradle and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (scarce 1970s Delacorte editions) 
  • Ian Fleming, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1st edition)
  • Thomas Rockwell, Norman Rockwell’s Hometown (signed by Norman Rockwell)   
  • Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1st edition)
  • Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia (1st edition)
  • Isaac Asimov, Foundation’s Edge (signed 1st edition)
  • Ian McEwan, Atonement (signed 1st edition)
  • Carrie Fisher, The Princess Diarist (signed copy)         


For more information, contact Claire Bertrand, Friends and Foundation Book Sale manager, (609) 924-9529 ext. 1227, or

The library is in the Sands Library Building at 65 Witherspoon St. in Princeton, N.J. Convenient parking is available on neighboring streets and in the Spring Street Garage, which is adjacent to the library. For more information about library programs and services, call (609) 924-9529 or visit


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