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Books Available for Adoption
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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Azores: A Natural Portrait

By Pedro Cardoso.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

The Azores, an archipelago of volcanic islands west of Portugal, undoubtedly possesses one of the most unique and ever-changing environments on the planet.  Within these lush and vibrant islands lie flora and fauna never seen before.  In fact, it is not unusual to discover new species on the islands. Unfortunately, these islands are also fragile, and centuries of settlement, deforestation, and the introduction of invasive species have begun wiping out entire species.  In an effort to notify the world of both the Azores’ beauty and the threat facing them, Curator of the Finnish Museum of... Read More
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Baby Bird-Finder

By Harriet E. Richards. Boston, Mass: W.A. Butterfield, 1904-06.
Adoption Amount: $550   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

The title may be misleading: these volumes are not how to find baby birds, but rather they are adorable pocket-sized volumes to be used for identifying bird species in New England and other Northeastern states. Volume I covers song birds, such as flycatchers, larks and sparrows; volume II includes water and game birds, hawks, and owls. The illustrations in Volume I are outline sketches but by the time Volume II was published the author was able to use photographs. Blank pages were included in the books so bird watchers could record their own observations. Read More
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Extinction

By Paul R. Ehrlich. New York: Random House, 1981.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Biologist Paul Ehrlich and director for the Center of Conservation Biology at Stanford University Anne Ehrlich dedicate this book, “To Homo sapiens, which through the extinction of others endangers itself;” an appropriate summary.  This husband and wife duo have spent decades warning about the dangers of overpopulation, and in Extinction they focus on the affect it can have on species’ populations, the environment, and, ultimately, humanity itself.  It is a straight-forward, compelling narrative that dissects why we should save even the lowliest of species, how we have... Read More
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Hawaiian Nature Notes

By E. H. Bryan. Honolulu: Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1933.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This slim volume of Hawaii’s natural history was compiled when Hawaii was still a territory of the United States (Hawaii became a state in 1961.).  Written in an accessible style, it positively brims with information about Hawaii from the formation of its volcanos and history of its indigenous people to the cellular make-up of the Portuguese Man-of-War and the destructive quality of Hawaiian rats.  Each of the fifty entries were originally published as a series of weekly articles in the Honolulu Advertiser from April 1932 to April 1933.  Most are accompanied by drawings and... Read More
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Kiss of the beast

South Brisbane, Qld: Queensland Art Gallery, 2005.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Queensland Art Gallery curators Ted Gott and Kathryn Weir created an exhibit featuring monsters and beasts as depicted in art and entertainment history. The exhibit and accompanying book, Kiss of the Beast: From Paris Salon to King Kong highlights the many ways beasts feature prominently in imaginations of artists and filmmakers. The animal now known as the gorilla came to the attention of modern Europeans in 1847. From that time, gorillas and similar beasts have been popular subjects in sculptures, paintings, books, and movies. This book analyzes the cultural, racial, and... Read More
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Life Processes

By William L. Staley. [New York city, $b The author, $c c1934]:
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

From the smallest cells to vast, swirling nebulae; from plumes of volcanic ash and rock to the relationships of primates, William L. Staley carefully details life on Earth as we know it.  He does so with the help of My Pal, a cartoon bacterium.  The result is a bit silly but informative and inviting.  Printed on coated paper and frequently dotted with illustrations, cartoons, and photographs (of special note is the fold-out photo of the skeleton from fish to man at the end).  This first edition copy is signed and dated by the author.  Read More
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Physical Observations with Discussions by Various Authors.

By British National Antarctic Expedition. London: The Royal Society [Harrison and Sons, Printers], 1908.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

The British National Antarctic Expedition (1901 – 1904), commonly called the Discovery Expedition, was a trailblazer of British exploration of the South Pole.  It launched the careers of leading figures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, including Ernest Shackleton, who competed with Roald Amundsen to be the first person to reach the South Pole and died in a later Antarctic exploration in 1921.  This volume contains information discovered on that expedition, including tidal, pendulum, and magnetic observations; earthquakes and other geological movements; and aurorae. ... Read More
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Report on the Collections of Natural History

By British Museum (Natural History). London: Printed by order of the Trustees, 1902.
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

The Southern Cross Expedition (otherwise known as the British Antarctic Expedition) holds a special place in history: it was the first British venture of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, the first to ever winter on the Antarctic mainland, the first to visit the Great Ice Barrier in over 50 years, and a pioneer of Antarctic survival and travel techniques. Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole, even stated that the expedition’s work helped him and other explorers. In this volume, the reader will find the results of that voyage. They will learn, in meticulous detail... Read More
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Reveries and Recollections of a Naturalist

By Oliver Davie. Columbus, [Ohio]: 1898.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Number 68 of just 200 copies, this whimsical semi-autobiography of expert naturalist and taxidermist Oliver Davie is interspersed with encyclopedia-esque entries minutely describing species particular to the author’s career. The pebbled, green cover is embossed in black and gold, and the book is printed on thick, embossed paper with visible chain lines. Lithographs, photos, and illustrations dot its text, including a photograph of the author at work. Enhancing the allure of this book is the unique place it holds in the Smithsonian’s history. It was owned by the Sixth Secretary of the... Read More

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