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Rare book collection worth $300 million largest gift ever to Princeton
Rare book collection worth $300 million largest gift ever to Princeton

A remarkable collection of rare books valued at $300 million has been donated to Princeton, the university announced Tuesday. The collection is the largest gift ever received by the university. The gift was made by William H. Scheide, a philanthropist who died in November at age 100. Scheide graduated from Princeton in 1936. Scheide inherited his passion for book collecting from his father, John Hinsdale Scheide (Princeton class of 1896), who had inherited it from his father, William Taylor Scheide. Grandfather Scheide began collecting books when he was 18, in 1865. By the time of William H. Scheide's death last year, the collection included a Gutenberg Bible,...

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