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Cover of American Big-Game Hunting

American big-game hunting; the book of the Boone and Crockett club

By Theodore Roosevelt. New York: Forest and stream publishing co., 1893.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This is the first in a series of books associated with the Boone and Crockett Club, an organization founded by Theodore Roosevelt, George Bird Grinnell, and others. The Boone and Crockett Club was dedicated to balancing both the conservation of wildlife and natural resources and the preservation of hunting traditions. This volume consists of tales of adventures in the western parts of nineteenth-century America in which each author describes a hunting excursion or shares a personal recollection of exploring the wilderness, frequently involving buffalo, grizzlies, wapitis and other big-... Read More
Title Page of American Entomology

American entomology

By Thomas Say. Philadelphia: Published by Mitchell and Ames, 1817.
Adoption Amount: $1,600   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Thomas Say (1787-1834) was a self-taught naturalist who has come to be considered the Father of American Entomology.  In 1812 he became one of the founding/charter members of the Academy of Natural Sciences at Philadelphia and actually lived at the Academy and tended its small museum for several years.  He also began publishing this book – part 1 came out in 1817 – but his participation in several scientific expeditions delayed its completion until later in the 1820s.  In this and other works he described and named over 1400 species of insects (especially beetles). Read More
Americans

Americans

By Charles Dana Gibson. New York: R. H. Russell, 1900.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Charles Gibson (1867-1944) is one of the best known illustrators of the Gilded Age primarily due to his creation, the Gibson Girl. As an illustrator he became talented in depicting relationships between men and women and submitted illustrations to such magazines as Harper's Weekly, Life, and Harper's Monthly. In 1890 he introduced a modernized beautiful female character with upswept hair, fashionable clothes, and imbued with independence and glamor. The Gibson Girl attained nationwide celebrity and had songs and plays written about her. Even today, her name is... Read More
An Account of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the Republic of Mexico

An Account of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the Republic of Mexico

By Jose de Garay. London: J.D. Smith and Co, 1846.
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

In the decade before the American Civil War, the United States was preoccupied by efforts for interoceanic communication. The Isthmus of Tehuantepec represented the shortest distance between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean and, prior to the opening of the Panama Canal, was a major shipping route. It was during negotiations to end the Mexican war of 1846-48 that the United States began discussing ways in which the route could be accessed or purchased. Nicolas P. Trist, in charge of the negotiations for the US, offered to pay thirty instead of fifteen million dollars for Upper... Read More
Cover of An annotated catalogue of plants from Window Rock, Arizona

An annotated catalogue of plants from Window Rock, Arizona

By Vorsila L. Bohrer. Window Rock, Ariz: Navajo Tribal Museum, 1963.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

For just twenty five cents in 1963, you could buy this little book, documenting plants in Window Rock, Arizona, at the Navajo Tribal Museum. The plants listed in this catalog were collected in the area. The actual dried plant specimens now reside at the Jepson Herbarium at  the University of California, Berkeley. Each plant entry is simple, listing the scientific name, common name, and a brief description of the landscape where the plant was found. In some cases, elevation is listed as well. Window Rock (Navajo: Tségháhoodzání) is a small city that serves as the seat of government and... Read More
Anweisung für Anfänger, Pflanzen zum Nutzen und Vergnügen zu sammeln und nach dem Linneischen System zu bestimmen.   AND  Anweisung Pflanzen zum Nutzen und Vergnügen zu sammeln und nach dem Linneischen System zu bestimmen.

Anweisung für Anfänger, Pflanzen zum Nutzen und Vergnügen zu sammeln und nach dem Linneischen System zu bestimmen. AND Anweisung Pflanzen zum Nutzen und Vergnügen zu sammeln und nach dem Linneischen System zu bestimmen.

By Albrecht Wilhelm Roth. Gotha: Bey Carl Wilhelm Ettinger, 1778.
Adoption Amount: $1,315   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Held by only one and two libraries respectively in North America, these are the 1st and 2nd editions of a work on collecting plants and preparing a herbarium following the Linnaean system. Their purchase strengthens SIL's significant collection of historical works on natural-history cabinets and directions for collecting & preserving specimens. Read More
Aquatilium animalium historiae [The history of aquatic animals]

Aquatilium animalium historiae [The history of aquatic animals]

By Ippolito Salviani. Romae: Apud eundem Hippolytum Saluianum, mense Ianuario, MDLVIII [i.e. 1554-1558].
Adoption Amount: $9,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Salviani's book on aquatic animals is renowned as one of the three 16th-century works that established ichthyology as a modern science; SIL holds the other two, and this completes the trio. A professor of medicine at the University of Rome and physician to several Popes, Salviani collected fishes in the markets of Rome for anatomical examination to support his systematic studies, correcting and expanding the works of ancient authors (Aristotle, Pliny, et al.). Ninety-three species of fishes and cephalopods are depicted in the full-page illustrations, with 18 of them new to the science of... Read More
Aranei, or, A natural history of spiders....

Aranei, or, A natural history of spiders....

By Thomas Martyn. [London: T. Martyn], MDCCXCIII [1793].
Adoption Amount: $4,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

At his Academy for Illustrating and Painting Natural History, 1793. Martyn's Aranei translated into English Carl Clerck's Svenska spindlar/Aranei Svecici (Stockholm, 1757), the founding text on modern scientific nomenclature for spiders, with illustrations originally published in Eleazar Albin's Natural history of spiders (London, 1736). Albin's meticulous drawings for his own spider book were bought by Martyn at the sale of the Dowager Duchess of Portland's collections. Read More
Architectural designs for model country residences

Architectural designs for model country residences

By John Riddell. Philadelphia: John Riddell ..., 1861.
Adoption Amount: $4,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

A book published to sell his designs to prospective clients. Illustrated with twenty lithographs in full color, Architectural Designs is one of the handsomest American books of architecture published in the nineteenth century. It includes designs for villas, cottages, and mansions in the Italian and Gothic styles, along with Greek Revival. Riddell advocated the use of cast ironwork on porches (for columns) and other decoration, and often employed towers and belvederes in his Italian Villa and Italianate plans. Included in the volume was a list of his clients and locations of many of the... Read More
Arctic Memories frontcover

Arctic Memories

By Normee Ekoomiak. New York: Holt, 1990, c1988..
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian

Arctic Memories is an overview of Inuit life written for young people. The stories and illustrations are full of beauty and relay so much about life and culture in the Arctic. Author and illustrator Normee Ekoomiak was one of the the most prolific Inuit artists of the 20th century whose life, as a victim of the residential school system and homelessness, shows both the injustices suffered by Canada’s indigenous peoples and their remarkable resilience against that injustice. His paintings and tapestries adorn both the pages of Arctic Memories and the walls of the National... Read More

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