- Princeton: Princeton University Library, 2000-2019.
- 9.4 x 12.6 inches
- cloth, with gilt-stamped decoration on upper covers, title labels on spines
- 656, 818, 620, 606 pages
- ISBN: 0878110615
- ISBN: 9780878110612
Price: $430.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 133666
In fall 1996, the Cotsen staff began compiling a multi-volume book catalogue of the research collection, with support from the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the Technical Services Department of the Princeton University Library.
In May 2000, volume I, The Twentieth Century A-L, was published, and in December 2003, volume II, the twentieth century M-Z. 12,403 books are described there, with detailed notes on their illustrations, contents, bindings, and previous owners. With The Nineteenth Century volumes I (A-K) and II (L-Z), the project now covers publications in Western European languages of the 19th and 20th centuries. The two volumes covering The Nineteenth Century include more than 6,370 entries of 19th century illustrated children's books.
Still planned are a volume covering pre-1801 imprints and an index. When competed, the material will comprise about 20,000 items chiefly in European languages out of a total over 100,000 items published during the fifteenth through twentieth centuries. As so many children's books appear without dates of publication on their title pages, every attempt has been made to assign an accurate date of issue based on internal evidence and authoritative reference sources in print and on-line.
Designed by Mark Argetsinger, the text of each volume is lavishly illustrated with over one hundred and fifty illustrations in duotone and process color and printed on Mohawk Superfine paper. The volumes are bound in olive green (The Twentieth Century) and mauve (The Nineteenth Century) Japanese cloth with the front covers stamped in gold and full-color patterned endpapers.