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Colonel Frey's Cote occidentale d'Afrique

Cote Occidentale d'Afrique

By H. Frey. Paris: C. Marpon et E. Flammarion, 1890.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

The year is 1890.  The French public was curious to know more about the new colonies that the ‘Scramble for Africa’ allotted to France.  Colonel Henri-Nicholas Frey compiled this geography to describe in vivid detail the people, places and things on the coastal regions of West Africa from southern Morocco to the Congo.  Frey draws on his own military experience in West Africa, but mainly he assembled writings of explorers, missionaries, and travelers.  Over 300 illustrations, based on photographs, watercolors, and drawings culled from many sources, make this a fascinating page-turner.... Read More
Iznik Tiles and Ceramics in the Sadberk Hanim Museum and Omer M. Koc Collections

Dance of Fire

By Hulya Bilgi. Istanbul: Vehbi Koc Foundation and Sadberk Hanim Museum, 2009.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Tiles and ceramics produced in Iznik between the 15th and 17th centuries represent a significant artistic achievement for Turkey. Tiles were frequently used as decoration in Turkish Seljuk period (1071-1243 AD) architecture for important public buildings. Beginning with the Ottomans in the 15th century, there was increasing demand for tiles, which were used to decorate the mosques and palaces of their new capital of Istanbul. This led to the establishment of a center for ceramic production in Iznik. At the height of Iznik tile production there were as many as 300 workshops in the town... Read More
Inside Dark Companion

Dark Companion

By Bradley Robinson. New York: K. M. McBride, 1947.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Dark Companion chronicles the polar expedition of African American explorer, Matthew Henson. Born in 1866, four years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, Henson went on to triumph as one of the first men to “stand on top of the world." On April 6, 1909 Henson, along with Robert Peary, co-discovered the North Pole. Hundreds had previously attempted, and failed, to reach the elusive polar ice cap. Peary declared that the success of their expedition would not have been possible without the expertise and intelligence of his companion, the man the Eskimos fondly referred... Read More
De gravitate corporum terrestrium...

De gravitate corporum terrestrium...

By Samuel Klingenstierna. Upsaliae: Literis Höjerianis, [1737].
Adoption Amount: $375   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Graduate dissertation defended by A. A. Roman at the University of Uppsala discussing the effects of gravity upon terrestrial bodies. together with: Dissertatio gradualis de gravitate lunae . . . Samuel Klingenstierna, praeses. Gabriel Kolmodin, respondent. Holmiae: Literis Wernerianis, 1734. Dissertatio gradualis de gravitate aeris. . . Samuel Klingenstierna, praeses. Johann Kristiern Duraeus, respondent. Upsaliae, Literis Wernerianis, 1732. These three scarce dissertations, all relating to gravity, were presided over by Samuel Klingenstierna (1698 – 1765), a renowned Swedish... Read More
De infinitis infinitorum, et infinite parvorum ordinibus disquisitio geometrica

De infinitis infinitorum, et infinite parvorum ordinibus disquisitio geometrica

By Guido Grandi. Pisis: Ex typographia Francisci Bindi ..., 1710.
Adoption Amount: $3,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Bound with: Grandi, Guido. Prostasis ad exceptiones Cl. Varignonii libro de infinitis infinitorum ordinibus oppositas... Pisis : Ex typographia Francisci Bindi..., 1713. Grandi, Guido. Dialoghi del p.m. Grandi Camaldolese teologo, e matematico dell'Altezza Reale di Toscana... In Lucca : Ad istanza di Francesco Maria Gaddi librajo in Pisa, 1712. A fine copy of this important collection of mathematical treatises by Grandi (1671-1742), professor of mathematics of Pisa. Included is his first general study of the cubic curve known as the "versiera" or "witch of Agnesi", which... Read More
De natura et veritate methodi fluxionum...

De natura et veritate methodi fluxionum...

By Samuel Klingenstierna. Upsaliae: Typis Laur. M. Höjer ..., [1752].
Adoption Amount: $700   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

A scarce copy of Daniel Melander's (1726-1810) dissertation on the rival claims and speculations that led to a concrete understanding of the nature and beauty of calculus. Melander was a student at Uppsala and later became lecturer in physics and professor of astronomy. In 1782 he moved to Stockholm, where he became one of the leading scientists in Sweden, with a major worldwide correspondence. Read More
De Paris à Samarkand, le Ferghanah, le Kouldja et la Sibérie occidentale: impressions de voyage d’une Parisienne / par Mme. de U

De Paris a Samarkand

By Marie de Ujfalvy-Bourdon. Paris: Hachette, 1880.
Adoption Amount: $395   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

A travelogue written of Marie de Ujfalvy-Bourdon, De Paris à Samarkand, was published in 1880. Marie de Ujfalvy-Bourdon (1845- 19?? ) traveled with her husband, Károly Jenő Ujfalvy de Mezőkövesd (16 May 1842 – 31 January 1904) who was a noted ethnographic researcher and linguist of Central Asia and the Himalayas. In 1876 he was sent by the French Ministry of Public Education on a scientific expedition to the newly conquered regions of Russian Central Asia. Marie accompanied him on the journey, something that was extremely rare for a woman of that time to do. She recorded their travels.... Read More
De pipere cubeba [Cubebs]

De pipere cubeba [Cubebs]

By Carl Peter Thunberg. Upsaliæ: excudebant Palmblad & c., [1827].
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Cubeb, native to Java and Sumatra, is cultivated for its berries and oil and has been used for centuries in herbal medicine and as a flavoring – similar to allspice or pepper – in gin, chewing gum, and various other products. Mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman texts, as well as in the Arabian “One thousand and one nights” and the travels of Marco Polo, the species 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... Read More
Der Conservator oder prakitische Anleitung, Naturalien aller Reiche zu sammeln, zu conserviren und fur wissenschaftliche Zwecke...Mineralien und Pflanzen versehen.

Der Conservator oder prakitische Anleitung, Naturalien aller Reiche zu sammeln, zu conserviren und fur wissenschaftliche Zwecke...Mineralien und Pflanzen versehen.

By A. V. Streubel. Berlin: Verlag von Ferdinand Rubach, 1845.
Adoption Amount: $1,450   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This is a manual for collecting, preserving, and organizing natural-history specimens: specifically, the arrangement of a mineral collection, organizing a botanical collection and creating an herbarium, and the conservation of zoological exhibits. These subjects form one of the Cullman Library's particular interests, in support of collection management staff as well as historical research at the National Museum of Natural History. The half-dozen or so German manuals in our collection fall mainly at either end of the 1800s, and this one forms a continuum through the 19th century. The book... Read More
Duala canoe prows

Der kameruner Schiffsschnabel und seine Motive

By Leo Frobenius. Halle, Germany: E. Karras, 1897.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

These stunningly ornamental canoe prows glide through the coastal waterways of the Cameroon, where the Duala people live. German anthropologist Leo Frobenius traveled to this bucolic West African setting and documented his findings in this 1897 book. To make this piece even more special, it is one of only nine copies exist in the United States. Read More

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