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[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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