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Dissertatio botanica de dracæna [Dragon trees]

Dissertatio botanica de dracæna [Dragon trees]

By Carl Peter Thunberg. Upsaliæ: typis Edmannianis, [1808].
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Dragon trees are a genus of about 120 species of trees and shrubs in the family Asparagaceae, native almost exclusively to Africa. Some of the smaller species are popular as houseplants and have earned a “green” reputation for their ability to clear pollutants from the air. They are the focus of this university dissertation written by Professor Carl Peter Thunberg. In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, professors wrote the dissertations; the student’s job was to explicate and defend it and pay for its publication. SIL holds dozens of these botanical and zoological papers by the great... Read More
Dissertatio botanica de palmis [Palms]

Dissertatio botanica de palmis [Palms]

By Carl Peter Thunberg. Upsaliæ: excudebant Palmblad et c., [1825].
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Palms comprise a group of 181 genera totaling 2600 species of plants in tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate ecosystems. Originating from a single ancestor species but now highly diverse due to adaptive radiation, palms have been economically important since being cultivated in Mesopotamia 5000 years ago. They are the focus of this university dissertation written by Professor Carl Peter Thunberg. In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, professors wrote the dissertations; the student’s job was to explicate and defend it and pay for its publication. SIL holds dozens of these botanical and... Read More
Dissertatio botanico-medica de aloe [Aloes]

Dissertatio botanico-medica de aloe [Aloes]

By Carl Peter Thunberg. Upsaliæ: apud J. Edman, 1785.
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Aloes form a genus of more than 500 species in the Asphodel family. Native to southern Africa, the Arabian peninsula, and several islands in the Indian Ocean, they have traditionally been used in herbal medicines, which is the focus of this university dissertation written by Professor Carl Peter Thunberg. In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, professors wrote the dissertations; the student’s job was to explicate and defend it and pay for its publication. SIL holds dozens of these botanical and zoological papers by the great systematist Carl von Linné (Linnaeus) at the University of Uppsala... Read More
Dissertatio de daphne [Daphnes]

Dissertatio de daphne [Daphnes]

By Carl Peter Thunberg. Upsaliæ: typis Zeipel et Palmblad, [1817].
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Named for the water nymph in Greek myth who was turned into a laurel tree, daphnes are a genus of 50-60 species of flowering shrubs native to Asia, Europe, and north Africa. Highly scented, they are a favorite garden plant, although the berries are poisonous. They are the focus of this university dissertation written by Professor Carl Peter Thunberg. In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, professors wrote the dissertations; the student’s job was to explicate and defend it and pay for its publication. SIL holds dozens of these botanical and zoological papers by the great systematist Carl von... Read More
The original front cover picturing Dracula's dark castle

Dracula

By Bram Stoker. New York: Doubleday & McClure Co., 1899.
Adoption Amount: $5,750   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

This is the 1st American edition of the classic tale of horror and suspense (also well known for its film versions).  The Libraries' copy, in the original publisher’s decorated cloth covers with a marvelous illustration of Dracula’s castle complete with bats flying overhead, is inscribed by Stoker himself to Benjamin B. Comegys (1819-1900), a wealthy Philadelphia businessman.  How did such a book come to be in the Dibner Library?  The Comegys family’s library had been a period-room exhibition in the National Museum of American History from 1966 to 1984, and the books were transferred to... Read More
Eine gläserne Flinte und zugleich nüzliche Bergwerksmaschiene...

Eine gläserne Flinte und zugleich nüzliche Bergwerksmaschiene...

By Joseph Maximilian von Lütgendorf. Regensburg: Mit Breitfeldischen Schriften, [ca. 1810].
Adoption Amount: $3,400   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

This fugitive promotional piece advertises the author's invention, a portable electric lighter, which he designed for mining and smelting but which had much broader uses. The lighter is considered in the literature of the history of science the first electric household appliance. A German pioneer of ballooning, Lütgendorf conducted a wide range of electrical experiments and improved on Volta's advances on the electrical lighter. The illustrations show details of the author's innovations, particularly to the water clock. Read More
Cover of Electric refrigerator menus and recipes

Electric refrigerator menus and recipes

By Alice Bradley. Cleveland: General Electric Co, 1928, c1927.
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

This 2nd edition of Electric refrigerator menus and recipes: recipes prepared especially for the General Electric refrigerator is dedicated to the "Modern Homemaker" and authored by the renowned dietitian, cookbook author, and radio show hostess Miss Alice Bradley, Principle of Miss (Fannie!) Farmer's School of Cookery in Boston, MA.  In 1927, when this cookbook and refrigeration guide was published, electric refrigeration was still in its infancy and Bradley rightly predicts that "the sum of its usefulness has not in any way been discovered."  Included within are general... Read More
Encyclopédie - t.10

Encyclopédie - t.10

A Paris: Chez Briasson ... David ... Le Breton ... Durand ..., 1762-1772.
Adoption Amount: $625   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

The Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Société de Gens de lettres was published under the direction of Diderot and d'Alembert, with 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates between 1751 and 1772. Containing 74,000 articles written by more than 130 contributors, the Encyclopédie was a massive reference work for the arts and sciences, as well as a machine de guerre which served to propagate the ideas of the French Enlightenment. The impact of the Encyclopédie was enormous. Through its attempt to classify learning and to open all domains... Read More
Encyclopédie - t.2

Encyclopédie - t.2

A Paris: Chez Briasson ... David ... Le Breton ... Durand ..., 1762-1772.
Adoption Amount: $625   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

The Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Société de Gens de lettres was published under the direction of Diderot and d'Alembert, with 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates between 1751 and 1772. Containing 74,000 articles written by more than 130 contributors, the Encyclopédie was a massive reference work for the arts and sciences, as well as a machine de guerre which served to propagate the ideas of the French Enlightenment. The impact of the Encyclopédie was enormous. Through its attempt to classify learning and to open all domains... Read More
Encyclopédie - t.3

Encyclopédie - t.3

A Paris: Chez Briasson ... David ... Le Breton ... Durand ..., 1762-1772.
Adoption Amount: $625   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

The Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Société de Gens de lettres was published under the direction of Diderot and d'Alembert, with 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates between 1751 and 1772. Containing 74,000 articles written by more than 130 contributors, the Encyclopédie was a massive reference work for the arts and sciences, as well as a machine de guerre which served to propagate the ideas of the French Enlightenment. The impact of the Encyclopédie was enormous. Through its attempt to classify learning and to open all domains... Read More

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