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Encyclopédie - t.4

Encyclopédie - t.4

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.5

Encyclopédie - t.5

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.6

Encyclopédie - t.6

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.7

Encyclopédie - t.7

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.8

Encyclopédie - t.8

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.9

Encyclopédie - t.9

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
Title page of English Table Glass

English table glass

By Percy H. Bate. London: B.T. Batsford , [1905?].
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Percy Bate was born in Manchester in 1868.  In addition to English Table Glass, he authored several books on portraiture and other forms of art.  He was Secretary of the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts and later Director of Aberdeen Municipal Art Gallery and Museum.  In English Table Glass, he uses photographs and descriptions to highlight many examples from spirit glasses to candlesticks.  Bate covers table glass from the 16th through the 18th century, but some of his advice—such as how to identify fakes—applies to researchers and collectors today. This volume... Read More
Epistola de praecipuis naturae et artis curiosis speciminibus musei...

Epistola de praecipuis naturae et artis curiosis speciminibus musei...

By Friedrich Christian Lesser. [Nordhausen: s.n., 1736].
Adoption Amount: $1,250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

The natural-history rare-book collection includes a growing body of publications describing, cataloging, illustrating, and/or discussing early natural-history cabinets and specimen collections. They are important to scientific researchers for identifying collections and individual specimens that are referenced in taxonomic works (and that may have served as the type on which a new species was named). In this short publication, Friedrich Christian Lesser (1692-1754) describes a number of specimens in his natural-history cabinet. A German pastor with a strong interest in the natural... Read More
Eskimo cook book cover page

Eskimo cook book

Anchorage, Alaska : Alaska Crippled Children's Association, [1952?].
Adoption Amount: $400   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This 1952 cookbook began in an Inupiaq village just 20 miles south of the Arctic Circle as part of an elementary school classroom discussion of locally available native foods for good health.  The teacher’s request for each student to “bring in a recipe or little story of how mother cooked the meat, fish, or other foods used”  resulted in this booklet. Recipes share instructions on preparing indigenous plants and wildlife, from stink weed to polar bear and whale. Learn more about this cookbook and its contributors at the website: https://www.good.is/slideshows/photos-the-eskimo-... Read More
Bamana woman richly dressed

Esquisses Senegalaises

By P.-D Boilat. Paris: Karthala, c1984.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

Authentic early images of West Africans are rare—and quite sought after. David Boilat offers us just such a portfolio in Esquisses Sénégalaises, published in 1853. The twenty-four color plates are remarkable for their attention to details of clothing, jewelry, hair styles, skin color, and facial features. His accompanying text describes, with remarkable equanimity for his time period, pertinent customs and behaviors ranging from the admirable to the deplorable—all judged from the local point of view. For example, the richly dressed Bamana woman wears a head tie of fine madras, a... Read More

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