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Books Available for Adoption
Wendingen

Wendingen

Santpoort [etc.]: C. A. Mees [etc.],
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

This issue of the Dutch periodical Wendingen, dating from 1927, is devoted to interiors and furniture designed by Dutch architects C.J. Blaauw, W.M. Dudok, Piet Kramer, S. van Ravestyn, Schröof and G. Reitveld, A.F. Van der Wey and H. Wouda.  This issue is an important contemporary publication that chronicles architecture and furniture of the key participants of the Dutch artistic De Stijl (The Style) movement that was founded in Amsterdam in 1917.  The movement advocated pure abstraction reducing all design to basic form, simple vertical and horizontal compositions, and the use of... Read More
Cover of Western Apache Material Culture

Western Apache Material Culture

By Alan Ferg, editor, with contributions by William B. Kessell. Tucson: Published for the Arizona State Museum, University of Arizona Press, 1987.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian

Together, the Goodwin and Guenther Collections in the Arizona State Museum form the most significant collection of Apache cultural materials dating from the mid-1800s to 1985. In the early 1930s, Grenville Goodwin came to Arizona to attend prep school, but instead was drawn to the Apaches and spent his time studying their way of life. He gathered items from them, and earned the trust of knowledgeable elders who recreated things no longer made – all which he thoroughly documented, detailing their construction, meaning, and use. Edgar and Minnie Guenther were missionaries on the Fort... Read More
Wilson's cyclopedic photography:

Wilson's cyclopedic photography:

By Edward L. Wilson. New York: E. L. Wilson, 1894.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Museum Support Center Library

A prominent figure among the professional photographers during the second half of the nineteenth century, Edward Livingston Wilson (1838-1903) was a photographer, writer, and publisher. While he was recognized for his magazines, Philadelphia Photographer and Wilson's Photographic Magazine, Wilson's Cyclopaedic Photography (1895) serves as an excellent reference guide on the state and history of the field of photography leading up to the twentieth century. Read More
Images of Taliesin West -Scottsdale Arizona

Working with Mr. Wright

By Curtis Besinger. Cambridge [England] : $a New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

As a former apprentice at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship program, Curtis Besinger provides a lively account of daily life in this community of architects established by Wright in Wisconsin and Arizona. While an apprenticeship with the Fellowship was unlike standard architectural training, it did entail some architectural tasks, such as drafting, designing, and overseeing projects, including the actual building of Taliesin West. It also entailed many humbler assignments - from milking the cows to harvesting wheat - related to maintaining the farm that surrounds the Fellowship... Read More
Book 1 Cover

Zeppelin-Weltfahrten

By H. Luschnath. Dresden : $b Bilderstelle Lohse, $c 1933-[1934?]:
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

This book is the first of two volumes, each containing collections of cigarette cards that are souvenirs of the zeppelin age. Cigarette cards were used by cigarette companies to stiffen cigarette packaging and to advertise their brand. Due to their unique design and limited printing, they often became collectibles. This collection includes cards featuring pictures of zeppelins and images taken while the photographer was in a zeppelin. Notable photographs include the Italian Alps and Mediterranean Sea. Read More
Book II cover

Zeppelin-Weltfahrten

By H. Luschnath. Dresden : $b Bilderstelle Lohse, $c 1933-[1934?]:
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

This book is the second of two volumes, each containing collections of cigarette cards that are souvenirs of the zeppelin age. Cigarette cards were used by cigarette companies to stiffen cigarette packaging and to advertise their brand. Due to their unique design and limited printing, they often became collectibles. This collection includes cards featuring pictures of zeppelins and images taken while the photographer was in a zeppelin. Notable photographs include the Italian Alps and Mediterranean Sea. Read More
[Garden scene with dancers, to be used as the set for a miniature theater] [graphic]

[Garden scene with dancers, to be used as the set for a miniature theater] [graphic]

By Martin Engelbrecht. [Augsburg: Martin Engelbrecht, ca. 1740].
Adoption Amount: $1,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

A peep show, (or tunnel book), designed by engraver and print-seller Martin Engelbrecht of Augsburg, Germany (1684-1756). The set includes six 6" x 8" hand-colored etched prints on light gray laid paper, with sections carefully cut out to create a perspective view when the prints are arranged in a viewing box.
This early and rare example of a peep-show is a significant addition to the Cooper-Hewitt Library collection of over 1700 movable and pop-up books. It is important because Engelbrecht was the first to popularize these highly crafted peep-shows books in the 18th century, and... Read More
[Other lunar discoveries of Mr. Herschel]

[Other lunar discoveries of Mr. Herschel]

By Leopoldo Galluzzo. Napoli: L. Gatti e Dura, 1836.
Adoption Amount: $12,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

These rare hand-tinted lithographs by Italian artist Leopoldo Galluzzo illustrate what became known as "The Great Moon Hoax of 1835." In what was intended as a satirical newspaper article, New York Sun newspaper writer Richard Adams Locke boldly claimed that famed British astronomer Sir John Herschel had discovered life on the moon. This incredible news story, which ran over several issues, detailed a fantastic and lush lunar landscape inhabited by bipedal beavers, single horned bison, and winged extraterrestrials with an advanced civilization. Locke's satirical story lampooned... Read More
Recipes issued by the Washington Gas Light Company

[Recipes issued by the Washington Gas Light Company, Home Service Department, Washington, D.C.]

Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

This grouping of mimeographed recipes by Ruth Sheldon the Director of the Home Services Department of the Washington Gas Light Company are likely the earliest edition(s) of recipe collections that would later be published in book form by the Company. The kitchen-tested and nutritious recipes were a promotional courtesy to new customers of modern gas light ranges. Sheldon's Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics and teaching backgroud parlayed nicely into a career during WWII in Washington, D.C. where she served on the District of Columbia Wartime Nutrition Committee and the... Read More
[Six garlands of flowers inspired from the famous gardens of Italy]

[Six garlands of flowers inspired from the famous gardens of Italy]

By Pietro Paolo Tozzi. Padoua: Libraria del Giesu, [1616].
Adoption Amount: $1,000   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Library owns this rare copy of Ghirlanda di sei vaghi fiori scielti da piu famosi giardini d'Italia or Six garlands of flowers inspired from the famous gardens of Italy. A second edition of the original 1604 work by Pietro Paolo Tozzi - printer of Padua. Included are 42 copperplate-engraved featuring writing samples -eighteen by writing master Antonello Bertozzi and twelve by Sebastiano Zanella within lace pattern borders . It is a rare example of an early 17th century copybook illustrating both penmanship styles and lace patterns of the... Read More

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