Wundt Book Collection, Japan
Tohoku University Library: Wundt Collection
(from the web) This book collection was owned by Wilhelm Wundt (1832 - 1920), who was a celebrated psychologist. After he had taken a degree of Doctor of Medicine from Heidelberg University, he became a professor of philosophy at Leipzig University and there established a famous experimental psychology laboratory, and he had also worked as the President at the same university.
It is said that this collection holds 60 percent of all his books that he collected through his life. It includes materials of many fields, mainly psychology and philosophy related ones. The first editions of Kant, Leibniz and Spinoza are treated as rare books. Many essays in separate volumes will give us some precious clues in understanding the society of scientists and philosophers at that time.
After Wundt's death, the collection was put on sale from Lorentz Books in Germany. Leipzig University, Yale University and Harvard University indicated their intention to purchase it; but Tohoku Imperial University obtained it by efforts of Tanenari Chiba (an associate professor at Kyoto Imperial University and later the first professor of psychology department at Tohoku Imperial University) who was in Germany at that time to study, and by kind measures of Prof. Kriegel who was Wundt's best disciple. In 1926, the library purchased and received it with donations from Saito Hoonkai.