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Handworterbuch der Mineralogie und Geognosie.

Handworterbuch der Mineralogie und Geognosie.

By Carl Hartmann. Leipzig: F.A. Brockhaus, 1828.
Adoption Amount: $2,350   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Raised in one of the most important mining districts in Germany, Hartmann (1796-1863) served as Commissioner of Mines in Brunswick through the 1820s and '30s and published more than 100 works on the subjects of mineralogy and mining. His books are important for their comprehensiveness and detailed technical knowledge and served to disseminate the latest information and technological advances to European audiences. Arranged alphabetically with an extensive bibliography, the present work is the first edition of one of the most detailed manuals on mineralogy of its time, held by only seven... Read More
Herrn Georgii Galgemairs kurtzer gründlicher gebesserter unnd vermehrter underricht

Herrn Georgii Galgemairs kurtzer gründlicher gebesserter unnd vermehrter underricht

By Georg. Galgemair. Zu Vlm: Bey Joh. Meder, MDCXV [1615].
Adoption Amount: $3,850   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Second, greatly expanded edition of a primer describing the construction & use of two instruments — a proportional compass (Circkel) and lineal compass (Schregmäß) — for the measurement of geometrical solids and lines, respectively. This 1615 edition is ninety-five pages longer than the initial pamphlet (1610), and substitutes an engraved plate for the second woodcut plate of the first edition. The construction of the instruments is described and the geometry and measurement of increasingly complex solids and linear configurations are explained. Read More
Histoire naturelle des Lepidoptères exotiques

Histoire naturelle des Lepidoptères exotiques

By P. H. Lucas. Paris: 1835.
Adoption Amount: $2,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Pierre Hippolyte Lucas (1815?-1899) began his career in science at 13 as an apprentice preparator in the zoological laboratory of the Muséum Nationale d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. He became a respected expert on several orders of invertebrates and wrote up the specimens of several important French expeditions. Held by only 6 libraries in the U.S., the present work is on non-European butterflies, including species from Australia and other areas in the Pacific. The Smithsonian Libraries holds 14 of Lucas's works, including the second edition (Paris, 1845) of the present title and its... Read More
Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis et des épimaques

Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis et des épimaques

By R. P. Lesson. Paris: A. Bertrand, [1834-1835].
Adoption Amount: $5,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Ever since the surviving ship of Magellan's fleet returned to Spain in 1522 with birds of paradise, all specimens known in Europe through the 18th century were prepared and preserved by native collectors with the bones and feet removed. As a result, Linnaeus's Systema naturae (10th ed., 1758) gave the greater bird-of-paradise the name Paradisaea apoda (= without feet). René Primevère Lesson (1794-1849), surgeon/pharmacist/naturalist on the round-the-world scientific voyage of the Coquille from 1822 to 1825, was the first European to observe birds of paradise alive in the wild and brought... Read More
Histoire naturelle et médicale des casses, et particulièrement de la casse et des sénés employés en médecine

Histoire naturelle et médicale des casses, et particulièrement de la casse et des sénés employés en médecine

By L. Théod. Frédéric Colladon. Montpellier: J. Martel aîne, 1816.
Adoption Amount: $815   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This is a thesis presented for a medical degree at the University of Montpelier by Louis Théodore Frédéric Colladon, a student of the renowned botanist Augustin-Pyramus de Candolle. As was common in European universities at the time, it was de Candolle who wrote the detailed descriptions and classifications of plants in the genus Cassia, including numerous new species, based on his own herbarium and unpublished manuscripts. The student's role was that of explicating and defending the thesis. Read More
Cover of Honkers and Shouters

Honkers and shouters

By Arnold Shaw. New York: Collier Books, 1978.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

The author of this book, Arnold Shaw (1909–1989) was a songwriter, pianist, composer, and music publisher who wrote a dozen books on 20th century pop music, including two books on Frank Sinatra and a biography of African American pop sensation Harry Belafonte. He founded the Arnold Shaw Popular Music Research Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1985 and taught there for a decade. This 600-page long guide to the history of R&B has eight parts, with seven chapters each. Those chapters are broken out into 25 sections each, which are called grooves. Grooves list the singers... Read More
Cover of Hoo-doo cowboys and bronze buckaroos

Hoo-doo cowboys and bronze buckaroos

By Michael K. Johnson. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, [2014].
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library and Archives

There has not been much scholarship published on the history of African Americans in the American West, and this may be one of the reasons the average person may have misconceptions about that history. This is why titles such as Hoo-Doo Cowboys and Bronze Buckaroos are such a welcome addition to research collections. In this book the author, Michael K. Johnson, attempts to dispel some of the fictionalized characters and stereotypes associated with the African American west that we’ve seen in media over the years. It includes chapters with topics on African Americans in western-... Read More
Title page and page 1 of the "Bartender's guide" about how to mix drinks

How to mix drinks

By Jerry Thomas. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1862.
Adoption Amount: $3,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Collecting and standardizing what had been until then a hodge-podge of oral traditions and regional customs, this was the first recipe book for mixed drinks published in the United States.  Jeremiah Thomas (1830-1885) was a bartender who owned various saloons in New York City and worked in others in California (during the Gold Rush), St. Louis, Chicago, Charleston, and New Orleans.  In this first edition of his book he established the recipes for popular cocktails of the day, including fizzes, flips, sours, punches, and many others; later editions provided the first written recipes for... Read More
Icones piscium [mammalium, insectorum]: Indicem systematicum.

Icones piscium [mammalium, insectorum]: Indicem systematicum.

By F. C. Kielsen. Hafniae: Sumptibus Christiani Steen, typis Bianco Luno & Schneider, 1835.
Adoption Amount: $1,700   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Kielsen (1774-1850), a Danish naturalist and teacher, published his Icones in six separate parts, each with a brief text providing a Linnean systematic classification followed by (as the title suggests) illustrations of the animals covered: ...piscium (fishes) has 48 plates that illustrate 130 species in 57 genera; ...mammalium (mammals) has 111 plates, including 11 of whales and three of Homo sapiens; and ...insectorum (insects) with 106 plates. Added to the first two parts on ...vermium (worms, or invertebrates) and ...avium (birds) already in our collection, we now lack only the... Read More
Cover of If You Want to Build A House

If You Want to Build a House

By Elizabeth (Bauer) Mock. [New York]: Museum of Modern Art, [1946].
Adoption Amount: $600   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

A book that accompanied the 1946 exhibit "If You Want To Build A House" exhibit at The Museum of Modern Art. The book highlights mid-century modern architects such as Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, Philip Johnson, and Richard Neutra as well as Prairie School architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The book describes the concepts of modern architecture from the prospective of a potential home builder. The chapters, with titles like Space for Living, Plenty of Light, and The Use of Material, walk the home builder through the process of commissioning a home in the modern architectural... Read More

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