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Series of 1941

"Series of 1941" wine revenue stamps of the United States of America

By Ray W. Bidwell. [Andover, Conn.]: Ray W. Bidwell, 1965.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Signed by the author, this thin 40-paged booklet is full of tables, charts, and black and white images depicting wine stamps. Stamp collecting is frequently referred to as "the king of hobbies and the hobby of kings." Men and women worldwide strive to achieve a complete set of stamps. There is a stamp for every type of interest. This book is about wine revenue stamps. Wine revenue stamps were used to pay tax duties on proprietary goods such as alchohol and tobacco. These revenues helped fund the war effort during WWII. Wine stamp usage ended after 1954 and Revenue stamps were... Read More
Cover of A Century of Shoes

A century of shoes

By Angela Pattison and Nigel Cawthorne. Edison, N.J: Chartwell Books, c1997.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

This marvelous book puts its best foot forward, covering everything from profiles of famous contemporary shoe designers like Manolo Blahnik to historical insights and images of changing fashions in footwear. Platforms, boots, stilettos, sandals, and slippers – this book has them all. Volumes like this in the Costume collection at the National Museum of American History Library help clothing curators study shoes in the museum collections, but they also are used by other researchers to date artworks and photographs based on what the people pictured are wearing. Read More
A narrative of travels in Northern Africa, in the years 1818, 19, and 20

A narrative of travels in Northern Africa, in the years 1818, 19, and 20

By G. F. Lyon. London: John Murray, 1821.
Adoption Amount: $2,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

The 17 hand-colored prints of early 19th century Northern and Western Africans are not only elegant, but are also valuable historical documents on clothing, headgear, jewelry, and weaponry of that era. The image shown here, "Camel conveying a bride to her husband," (opposite page 299) is one of the most dramatic, but all provide a wealth of information for the historian and art historian alike. George Francis Lyon's clear narrative is a remarkable interweaving of history, geography, and ethnography of a part of the world virtually unknown at the time of his travels in 1818-1820. Read More
Cover of A Natural History of Wine

A natural history of wine

By Ian Tattersall. New Haven, CT.: Yale University Press, 2015.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

This book demonstrates the immensity and importance of the Smithsonian Libraries' natural history collections by using wine as a subject that highlights the intersectionality of the sciences. The preface itself states that “ This book you are holding is the result of an unusual collaboration between a molecular biologist and an anthropologist…As we talked we realized that wine holds a place in virtually every major area of science-from physics and chemistry to molecular genetics and systematic biology, through evolution, paleontology, neurobiology, and ecology…” Scientists are... Read More
Paolo Soleri's Arcosanti, Paradise Valley Arizona, Plan & Model

A Taliesin legacy

By Tobias S. Guggenheimer. New York, N.Y: Van Nostrand Reinhold, c1995.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

This beautifully illustrated and colorful book focuses on the work of the designers and architects who apprenticed with Frank Lloyd Wright at the Taliesin Fellowship in Scottsdale, Arizona from 1937-1950s. There are hundreds of photographs and drawings in this first edition book, many from the apprentices’ own archives and previously unpublished. The author interviewed and traced the careers of many former apprentices, including internationally known architects E. Fay Jones, John Lautner, Wallace Cunningham, Bruce Goff, and Paolo Solari (the architect and designer of Arcosanti in... Read More
Title page of Morrice's 1802 book on home brewing

A treatise on brewing

By Alexander Morrice. London: Printed by Knight and Compton for the Author, 1802.
Adoption Amount: $650   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Intended for both professional and home-brewers, in an era when most people did brew their own, this book was in such demand that it stayed in print for decades through the early 1800s and has become a classic in the history of brewing.  This copy is the 3rd edition, published in 1802.  (The Libraries also holds the 5th edition from 1815.)  Alexander Morrice, himself a brewer in London, provides recipes and instructions for a wide variety of brews: porter, stout, amber, ale, beer, and more, along with a glossary of terms and technical discussions of tools and equipment.  With the... Read More
Ad epistolam clarissimi viri d. Jacobi Bartschi, ... Praefixam ephemeridi in annum 1629... De computatione et editione ephemeridum.

Ad epistolam clarissimi viri d. Jacobi Bartschi, ... Praefixam ephemeridi in annum 1629... De computatione et editione ephemeridum.

By Johannes Kepler. [Görlitz?]: Typis Saganensibus, anno MDCXXIX [1629].
Adoption Amount: $11,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Rare first edition of this public letter by astronomer Johannes Kepler to the young Jacob Bartsch, and an important biographical source for the astronomer's life and final years. The publication of the Rudolphine Tables in 1627 provided a great stimulus to the calculation of ephemerides, among them one produced by the young Strasburg scholar Jacob Bartsch, Uraniburgum Strasburgicum. In the latter publication, Bartsch offered to collaborate with Kepler, and in the present letter, the elder astronomer accepts and outlines a research program for the future. Read More
Adventures in the Apache Country title page

Adventures in the Apache country

By J. Ross Browne. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1869.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Beginning in late 1863, author J. Ross Browne accompanied Charles D. Poston on his tour of Arizona as the territory’s Superintendent of Indian Affairs. This book recounts their adventure, presenting a vivid, colorful description of the area and of the terrors which then attended border life in Arizona, where one-twentieth of the population had been swept away by the attacks of the Apaches in three years. Browne's travelogue also contains details on early mining in addition to observations of the lands and people he encountered. These early accounts of life in the Southwest help... Read More
Algorithmus linealis numerationem additionem subtractionem duplationem, mediationem, multiplicationem, divisionem, et progessionem una cum regula de tri per stringens.

Algorithmus linealis numerationem additionem subtractionem duplationem, mediationem, multiplicationem, divisionem, et progessionem una cum regula de tri per stringens.

By Heinrich Auerbach. [Leipzig]: Impressum Liptzk p[er] ... Martinu[m] Lanssburgk Herbipolensem ..., 1512.
Adoption Amount: $6,400   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

One of the earliest treatises on calculation by the aid of counters on an abacus. In the dedication Heinrich Stromer von Auerbach (1482-1542) refers to Aristotle and Boethius. There is a brief introduction on the use of counters or projectiles, then the work covers addition, subtraction, duplication, mediation, multiplication, division, progression, and the rule of three. Read More
Cover of American Big-Game Hunting

American big-game hunting; the book of the Boone and Crockett club

By Theodore Roosevelt. New York: Forest and stream publishing co., 1893.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This is the first in a series of books associated with the Boone and Crockett Club, an organization founded by Theodore Roosevelt, George Bird Grinnell, and others. The Boone and Crockett Club was dedicated to balancing both the conservation of wildlife and natural resources and the preservation of hunting traditions. This volume consists of tales of adventures in the western parts of nineteenth-century America in which each author describes a hunting excursion or shares a personal recollection of exploring the wilderness, frequently involving buffalo, grizzlies, wapitis and other big-... Read More

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