Art and Design

The Passing of the Frontier




"The frontier! There is no word in the English language more stirring, more intimate, or more beloved." So begins the first page of this pocket-sized book, introducing the reader to the range, the mines, the cowboys, and cattle trails of the American West. 

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A report on the management of collections in the museums of the Smithsonian Institution

A report on the management of collections in the museums of the Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Institution
1977

Two slightly different versions of this report have been digitized, both are in the Libraries' Smithsoniana collection.

La nouvelle cuisine




An early edition of the first treaty of gastronomy by Menon. The title of this volume translates to: New treaty of the kitchen, with new designs for tables and twenty-four menus. The book contains 24 menus and about a thousand recipes, and is illustrated with 12 boards representing oval, rectangular, and horseshoe table plans for 14 to 80 seats with ornate centerpieces, jars oille, girandoles , etc., and other tables and their instructions for their precise decoration.

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Wedgwood's Imperial Russian Dinner Service




From a limited edition of 300 copies (1909), this substantial volume tells the story of the 952-piece dinner service created by legendary potter Josiah Wedgwood for Empress Catherine II of Russia. Known as the "The Frog Service," it was the most ambitious commission Wedgwood had undertaken, and required more than 1,200 illustrations of English manor houses.

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Ethnographisch album van het stroomgebied van den Congo




This illustrated album of Congolese art and material culture in the Rijks Ethnographische Museum is an exemplar of meticulous ethnographic documentation done in the early 20th century—the heyday of European ethnographic museums. The book features incredible illustrations of spoons—made of shell, wood, and ivory.  Some are anthropomorphic.  Some are highly ornamental.  Others are simple and utilitarian.  But all are painstakingly drawn, and reveal deeper insight into Congolese art.

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The Savoy cocktail book




First edition of this iconic Art Deco-publication. The Savoy cocktail book is the most important cocktail book ever published. This foundational work of modern culture is made up of recipes created and "compiled" by Harry Craddock of The Savoy Hotel, the greatest barman to have ever lived, completely revolutionized the drinking scene and is still in print today. This classic of cocktail drinking remains unsurpassed, both in its contents and in its artistic form. Cover and interior decoration artwork by Gilbert Rumbold.

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Cover of "The yellow dwarf"

The yellow dwarf

Crane, Walter
George Routledge and Sons
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