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History

Princeton University Press was established in 1905, when Woodrow Wilson was President of Princeton University.

Since that time, we have grown from a small printer of scholarly books to a major academic press, publishing more than 250 new books per year.

During its first seventy-five years, the Press published a number of extremely influential books including Albert Einstein's The Meaning of Relativity (1922), and John von Neumann's and Oskar Morgenstern's The Theory of Games and Economic Behavior (1937). It also undertook some monumental publishing projects, including The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau, and The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein.

An important development in the Press's history was Paul Mellon’s donation of the Bollingen Series in 1969. Works in this series include The Collected Works of C. G. Jung, E. H. Gombrich's Art and Illusion (1961); The Hero With a Thousand Faces (1972) by Joseph Campbell, and The I Ching, Or Book of Changes (which remains the Press's single bestselling book with more than 900,000 copies in print).

We have long been leaders in the humanities, publishing Joseph Frank’s monumental study of Dostoevsky (2009), Ernest H. Kantorowicz’s The King’s Two Bodies (1957), Northrop Frye’s Anatomy of Criticism (1957), The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (new edition 2012), and James B. Pritchard's anthology, The Ancient Near East: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures (new edition 2010).

Over the last generation, the Press has added a new feature to our identity as a publisher: the scholarly book as public statement. Books such as Robert Shiller's Irrational Exuberance (second edition 2005), William Bowen's and Derek Bok’s The Shape of the River (2000), and Carmen Reinhart's and Ken Rogoff’s This Time is Different (2009) have been able to connect the work of our authors with the cross-disciplinary conversation, and even at times, the public conversation.

These books have also increased the reach and influence of the Press around the globe. As a reflection of the Press's increasingly global outlook, the Press opened its European office in 1999. We have continued to grow and thrive since that time, acting as the Press's gateway to the world and as the source of numerous outstanding titles for the Press, including Tim Gower's Companion to Mathematics (2008), Raymond Geuss's Philosophy and Real Politics (2009), David Runciman's Political Hypocrisy (2008), and Jean Tirole's Theory of Corporate Finance (2005).

Governance

Princeton University Press was incorporated in 1910 as a non-profit company. It is governed by a Board of Trustees. Privately owned, the Press has throughout its history maintained a close relationship with Princeton University; our five-member Editorial Board, which makes controlling decisions about which books will bear the Press's imprint, is appointed from the faculty by the President of the University and nine of the fifteen members of the Board of Trustees must have a Princeton University connection.

Location/Directions

PUP Europe is in Woodstock, just outside Oxford.
6 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1TR, UK

    By car:
    From the A34 take the A44 (signposted to Blenheim Palace). Woodstock is about four miles further on. Shortly after passing the main entrance gate to Blenheim Palace on your left, you will pass a brown sign for Blenheim, The Oxford Museum and Tourist Information, also on your left. Our office is a few yards past this sign, on the right-hand side.

    By public transport:
    Take a train to Oxford. Then take S3 bus which passes through Woodstock. During the working day this bus can be caught from the train station. Outside these hours the bus can be caught from the bus station (5 minutes walk). Alternatively take a taxi from the train station directly to Woodstock (journey time about 20 minutes).

    Once in Woodstock
    There is an unrestricted car park off Hensington Road, signposted from Oxford Street, and on-road parking on the High St and Park St. There are no parking meters or charges anywhere in Woodstock, but there are time restrictions in High St and Park St.


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