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East Asian Library and Gest Collection, Princeton University
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Library Home Page: East Asian Library and Gest Collection


33 Frist Campus Center, Room 317, Princeton, NJ 08544-1100, U.S.A.


Martin Heijdra (Dr)
Chinese & Western Bibliographer and Head of Public Services
Tel: 609-258-5336
Fax: 609-258-4573

Setsuko Noguchi
Japanese Studies Librarian
Tel: 609-258-6159
Fax: 609-258-4573

Size of collection

Books: 100 titles; 700 vols.

Collection description

The finest Japanese rare books are housed in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Division in Princeton University's main library. The Graphic Arts Collection owns a considerable number of rare prints and picture collections also. No easy access to those Japanese holdings exists, since there are no separate book catalogs of those Japanese holdings.

What East Asian Library and Gest Collection have is in Mudd Library (the rare book library). Again, there is no easy access; Dr. Heijdra is to be contacted for instruction.

What East Asian Library and Gest Collection have are older imprints of Japanese works, which may or may not be rare as such, on a wide variety of subjects, from Buddhism to Chinese medicine. In the 1980's, a one-time purchase was made of Japanese rare books mainly on Chinese medicine-related subjects. Not all of these have been cataloged.

Access to bibliographic data

Online catalogues

How can researchers gain access to the material?

Available for viewing by appointment with Martin Heijdra. It is also necessary to apply Special collections research accountOnline system.

Is reproduction of the material permitted ?

Usually yes, against special charges. Means of reproduction depends on material.