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Cover of An annotated catalogue of plants from Window Rock, Arizona

An annotated catalogue of plants from Window Rock, Arizona

By Vorsila L. Bohrer. Window Rock, Ariz: Navajo Tribal Museum, 1963.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

For just twenty five cents in 1963, you could buy this little book, documenting plants in Window Rock, Arizona, at the Navajo Tribal Museum. The plants listed in this catalog were collected in the area. The actual dried plant specimens now reside at the Jepson Herbarium at  the University of California, Berkeley. Each plant entry is simple, listing the scientific name, common name, and a brief description of the landscape where the plant was found. In some cases, elevation is listed as well. Window Rock (Navajo: Tségháhoodzání) is a small city that serves as the seat of government and... Read More
Anweisung für Anfänger, Pflanzen zum Nutzen und Vergnügen zu sammeln und nach dem Linneischen System zu bestimmen.   AND  Anweisung Pflanzen zum Nutzen und Vergnügen zu sammeln und nach dem Linneischen System zu bestimmen.

Anweisung für Anfänger, Pflanzen zum Nutzen und Vergnügen zu sammeln und nach dem Linneischen System zu bestimmen. AND Anweisung Pflanzen zum Nutzen und Vergnügen zu sammeln und nach dem Linneischen System zu bestimmen.

By Albrecht Wilhelm Roth. Gotha: Bey Carl Wilhelm Ettinger, 1778.
Adoption Amount: $1,315   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Held by only one and two libraries respectively in North America, these are the 1st and 2nd editions of a work on collecting plants and preparing a herbarium following the Linnaean system. Their purchase strengthens SIL's significant collection of historical works on natural-history cabinets and directions for collecting & preserving specimens. Read More
Aquatilium animalium historiae [The history of aquatic animals]

Aquatilium animalium historiae [The history of aquatic animals]

By Ippolito Salviani. Romae: Apud eundem Hippolytum Saluianum, mense Ianuario, MDLVIII [i.e. 1554-1558].
Adoption Amount: $9,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Salviani's book on aquatic animals is renowned as one of the three 16th-century works that established ichthyology as a modern science; SIL holds the other two, and this completes the trio. A professor of medicine at the University of Rome and physician to several Popes, Salviani collected fishes in the markets of Rome for anatomical examination to support his systematic studies, correcting and expanding the works of ancient authors (Aristotle, Pliny, et al.). Ninety-three species of fishes and cephalopods are depicted in the full-page illustrations, with 18 of them new to the science of... Read More
Aranei, or, A natural history of spiders....

Aranei, or, A natural history of spiders....

By Thomas Martyn. [London: T. Martyn], MDCCXCIII [1793].
Adoption Amount: $4,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

At his Academy for Illustrating and Painting Natural History, 1793. Martyn's Aranei translated into English Carl Clerck's Svenska spindlar/Aranei Svecici (Stockholm, 1757), the founding text on modern scientific nomenclature for spiders, with illustrations originally published in Eleazar Albin's Natural history of spiders (London, 1736). Albin's meticulous drawings for his own spider book were bought by Martyn at the sale of the Dowager Duchess of Portland's collections. Read More
Architectural designs for model country residences

Architectural designs for model country residences

By John Riddell. Philadelphia: John Riddell ..., 1861.
Adoption Amount: $4,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

A book published to sell his designs to prospective clients. Illustrated with twenty lithographs in full color, Architectural Designs is one of the handsomest American books of architecture published in the nineteenth century. It includes designs for villas, cottages, and mansions in the Italian and Gothic styles, along with Greek Revival. Riddell advocated the use of cast ironwork on porches (for columns) and other decoration, and often employed towers and belvederes in his Italian Villa and Italianate plans. Included in the volume was a list of his clients and locations of many of the... Read More
Cover of Arizona /  Isamu Noguchi, Issey Miyake.

Arizona

By Isamu Noguchi and Issey Miyake. [S.l.]: Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, 1997.
Adoption Amount: $325   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

An attractive, slipcased catalog for a collaborative exhibition of sculptor Isamu Noguchi, painter Genichiro Inokuma, and designer Issey Miyake at the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, highlighting the mutual influence of the three friends and their hybrid Japanese and American cultures. After forming a close friendship in New York City in the 1950s, Noguchi took recent Japanese immigrant Inokuma to Poston, Arizona, the site of an internment camp for Japanese-Americans in World War II where Noguchi lived voluntarily in solidarity with his countryman, despite... Read More
Cover of Arizona: The Land of Sunshine and Silver

Arizona : the land of sunshine and silver, health and prosperity, the place for ideal homes

By John A. Black. Phoenix, Ariz: Republican Book and Job Print, c1890.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

In 1890, Arizona Territory had its own Commissioner of Immigration, John A. Black, who wrote this piece to extol the virtues and resources of the territory. In his profile of Cochise County, for example, he says, “In the last six years the County has been entirely redeemed from the wild reputation it before bore as a region terrorized by Apaches and equally wild cowboys… The petulant pop of the pistol is no longer heard, and, while the excitement of the boom days of yore may be missed… there remains the solid enterprise and the substantial progress that marks the thrifty community and... Read More
Arizona highways.

Arizona highways - v.20-21 (1944-1945)

[Phoenix: Arizona Department of Transportation], 1944-1945.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

“Civilization Follows the Improved Highway.” That was, and still is, the motto of the enduring and always alluring travel magazine Arizona Highways. This copy of volumes 20 and 21 covers 1944-1945. It was first published in the 1925 as an engineering newsletter by the Arizona Highway Department. By the 1930’s, it had segued into a magazine documenting the road construction of the expanding highway system throughout Arizona. In the 1940’s, the magazine excelled as one of the first color-illustrated travel magazines at the forefront color printing technology. ... Read More
Arizona highways.

Arizona highways - v.22-23 (1946-1947)

[Phoenix:: Arizona Department of Transportation], 1946-1947.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

“Civilization Follows the Improved Highway.” That was, and still is, the motto of the enduring and always alluring travel magazine Arizona Highways. This copy of volumes 22 and 23 covers 1946-1947. It was first published in the 1925 as an engineering newsletter by the Arizona Highway Department. By the 1930’s, it had segued into a magazine documenting the road construction of the expanding highway system throughout Arizona. In the 1940’s, the magazine excelled as one of the first color-illustrated travel magazines at the forefront color printing technology. ... Read More
Arizona Place Names Cover

Arizona place names

By William Croft Barnes. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, c [1935].
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

“For more than thirty years the author has been gathering information from old timers, Indians, Mexicans, cowboys, sheep-herders, historians, any and everybody who had a story to tell as to the origin and meaning of Arizona names” begins William Croft Barnes' most well-known work, Arizona Place Names – the product of a lifetime of travel throughout Arizona as a result of his military, political, geographical, and ecological services to the US. The original publication of this indispensable reference work on Arizona toponyms is extremely popular and has been republished many... Read More

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