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Cover of "Trophic relationships in the marine environment"

Trophic relationships in the marine environment

By European Marine Biology Symposium. Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1990.
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Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

All living things need energy to survive and thrive. Ultimately, all food energy starts with the sun (or, rarely, deep sea hydrothermal vents). Plants make their own food, through photosynthesis, from the energy of the sun. Things eat plants, and other things eat the things that eat the plants. And so on. Biologists call these relationships “Food Chains.” And when they are examining the more complex relationships that generally exist around who eats what, “Food Webs.” And since biologists, like most professionals, have their own lingo, there is an important —if obscure to outsiders—... Read More
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Tropical fishes of the East Indies

By Samuel Fallours. [Koln] [c2010]: Taschen, [c2010].
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Samuel Fallours was working for the Dutch East India Company in the early 1700s on the island of Ambon (part of present day Indonesia) as a clergyman’s assistant. Having an artistic talent, he made drawings of local fish, crustaceans, and other marine organisms from the Indian Ocean. The illustrations he drew, so vivid and bright, even surrealistic, are considered to be among the finest natural history illustrations ever made. Though some of the fauna are certainly fantastic and embellished with imaginary features (suns, moons, stars, heads with hats) most of the drawings are valued as... Read More
Visitors to Arizona, 1846 to 1980

Visitors to Arizona, 1846 to 1980

By James K. Ballinger. Phoenix, Ariz: Phoenix Art Museum, 1980.
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Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

This colorful catalog for an exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum in 1980 presents photography, painting, and sculpture created by artists who traveled through Arizona and were inspired by the state. The 93 artists included in the exhibition and this catalog span nearly 150 years, and include Helen Frankenthaler, Thomas Moran, Frederic Remington, Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst, and Carleton Watkins.  Read More
Wallpapers by Edward Bawden printed at the Curwen Press.

Wallpapers by Edward Bawden printed at the Curwen Press.

By David McKitterick. Andoversford, Gloucestershire: Printed and published by the Whittington Press ..., 1988, c1989.
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Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

For a few years after 1926, the Curwen Press produced a series of wallpapers. They were designed principally by Edward Bawden, whose linocuts were transferred to lithographic plates for printing. Unlike most modern wallpapers, printed on long rolls of paper, these were printed in the traditional manner as sheets. Very This limited edition contains some of the surviving wallpaper design sheets, none of which have been reprinted in modern times. Read More
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Weather lore

By Richard Inwards. New York: Francis P. Harper, 1898.
Adoption Amount: $850   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

Richard Inwards’ Weather Lore is a collection of proverbs, sayings, and quotations about the weather. With wide-ranging chapter titles such as Mists, Sound, Frost, Birds, Insects, Plants, Thermometer, and Spectroscope, Weather Lore captures the myriad ways that people have attempted to forecast weather, harvest, and human behavior from occurrences in the natural world. Contents range from direct quotations with citations to sayings that begin with "it is said that [...]" and capture generally... Read More
Embossed depiction of Josiah Wedgewood on the cover of Wedgewood's Imperial Russian Dinner Service

Wedgwood's Imperial Russian Dinner Service

By George Charles Williamson. London: G. Bell and sons, 1909.
Adoption Amount: $950   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

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. The text is interspersed with monochrome plates showing individual pieces, remarkable not only for their craftsmanship and notoriety but also for their detailed depictions of many 18th century English buildings and scenes now... Read More
Wendingen

Wendingen

Santpoort [etc.]: C. A. Mees [etc.],
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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
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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.
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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
Cover of Wheel Songs

Wheel Songs

By S. Conant Foster. New York: White, Stokes, & Allen, 1884.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

The beautiful embossed cover of this 1884 book hints at the delights found inside this paean to the big wheel bicycles of the late 19th century. The author S. Conant Foster was an avid cyclist himself, and his collection includes poems both humorous and somber. One is an ode to a fellow member of a Boston cycling club who died in 1880. But most are lighthearted celebrations of bicycling, and many feature lovely illustrations, including one by renowned American artist Childe Hassam. A contemporary reviewer described this volume as “the most sumptuous volume devoted wholly to the wheel... Read More
Wilson's cyclopedic photography:

Wilson's cyclopedic photography:

By Edward L. Wilson. New York: E. L. Wilson, 1894.
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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

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