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So-called spontaneous combustion

So-called spontaneous combustion

By Adrian Havá. [s.l: s.n., 1894-1899?].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Spontaneous human combustion describes the burning of a living human body without an external source of ignition. There is speculation and controversy regarding this phenomena. Some regard it as unique and unexplained, while others feel that cases described as spontaneous human combustion can be understood using generally-accepted scientific principles. In this publication, an undated reprint originally published in The New Orleans medical and surgical journal in April 1894, Dr. Adrian Havá researched the possible causes of spontaneous combustion based on an incident observed by...

Adopted on May 5, 2017 by Dr. Frederick and Ms. Deborah Strobl in honor of Jon F. Willen MD. View Bookplate
Cover of Beyond Painting

Beyond painting

By Max Ernst. New York: Wittenborn, Schultz, 1948.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

German artist Max Ernst was a pioneer of the Dada and Surrealist movement. After marrying American artist Dorothea Tanning in 1946, the couple moved to Sedona, Arizona, where they lived until 1953. Initially remote and unpopulated, an artists’ colony soon took root amongst the monumental red rocks. It was in Sedona that Ernst compiled his book Beyond Painting, the definitive autobiographical document of the painter’s creative processes, enhanced with testaments by many of his friends including fellow Surrealists André Breton, Paul Éluard, and Hans Arp, as well as others such as art...

Adopted on April 28, 2017 by Jacqueline Vossler and Richard Renner in honor of Nancy E. Gwinn and John Y. Cole. View Bookplate
Cover of The Rose in America

The Rose in America

By J. Horace McFarland. New York: The Macmillan Company & Co. Ltd, 1923.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue…The quintessential flower, symbolizing love and beauty, has been grown for centuries around the world. This book details the effort to popularize roses for the amateur gardener in the U.S. during the early 20th century. McFarland writes about a “dooryard roses," roses adaptable for the U.S. climate. For years, McFarland operated a rose test garden at his home in Breeze Hill, Pennsylvania. This book would have been useful to the homeowner who wanted to try growing roses, describing both the rewards and challenges. This and other books about roses might explain...

Adopted on April 26, 2017 by Lowell Ashley in memory of Maggie Sheppard Smith. View Bookplate
A new edition of the hymns...

A New Edition of the Hymns, Anthems & Tunes with the Ode Used at the Magdalen Chapel

London: Printed for Longman & Co., No. 131 Cheapside, [1809].
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

One of only three copies of this edition available in institutions world-wide, this scarce book of hymns, anthems, and tunes printed in 1809 is a delight. This work is divided into two parts, featuring prayers and hymns used at Magdalen Chapel.  Fronted with a simple, unsigned engraving of "A Magdalene in uniform" holding a music book, this new edition has chords "chiefly placed for the convenience of those who do not study Thoro Bass." 

Adopted on April 26, 2017 by Smithsonian Libraries in honor of Lowell Ashley in celebration of his many contributions and twenty years of service.. View Bookplate
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The Hymns and Psalms Used at the Asylum or House of Refuge for Female Orphans

By William Gawler. London, printed and sold at Bland & Weller's, [1790?]:
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Fewer than five institutions worldwide hold known copies this music book. The Hymns and Psalms Used at the Asylum or House of Refuge for Female Orphans, selected by W. Gawler, contains 128 double-sided pages of beautifully engraved plates of music and lyrics. It begins with a frontispiece called “Hope Giving Encouragement to Orphans” by Thomas Stothard, designer of thousands of book illustrations throughout a life-long career. William Gawler, was an organist, teacher, and composer. In 1784 he was appointed organist to the Asylum for the Female Orphans of Lambeth, later called the...

Adopted on April 26, 2017 by Smithsonian Libraries in honor of Lowell Ashley in celebration of his many contributions and twenty years of service.. View Bookplate
Cover of The Castle by Rick Stamm

The Castle: An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building

By Richard E. Stamm. Washington, D.C: Smithsonian Books, 2012.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

In this fascinating biography of the Smithsonian Castle, Castle Curator Rick Stamm delves into over 150 years of stories about the people who worked (and lived) in this iconic building. The book features many photos of the Castle, from its Victorian beginnings to modern day, and gives the reader deep insight into how the Smithsonian Institution was created and how it grew to become the venerable cultural institution that it is today. 

Adopted on April 4, 2017 by Smithsonian Libraries in honor of Steve and Liz Berry in celebration of their continued generous support.. View Bookplate
Humming-birds Cover with damaged spine

Humming-birds

By Mary Kirby. London; New York: T. Nelson, 1874.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Mary Kirby (1817-1893) and Elizabeth Kirby (1823-1873) were sisters who, together, wrote and illustrated numerous natural science books and children’s books. Elizabeth died just prior to Humming-birds’ publication, making it one of the last collaborative projects for the sisters. Their scientific works were remarkable for their time, particularly Mary’s Flora of Leicestershire, a partially crowd-sourced endeavor. Humming-birds is one of their many books on natural science, providing scientific information infused with poetry, folktales, and informal descriptions...

Adopted on March 28, 2017 by David and Karla Childers in memory of Vera "Billie" Childers. View Bookplate
Title page of Frontier Spirit

Frontier spirit

By Douglas Kent Hall. New York: Abbeville Press, 1990.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

This book showcases evocative pictures of Southwestern churches taken by Douglas Kent Hall, a well-known documentary photographer. Originally from New York, Hall moved to the small village of Alcalde in northern New Mexico. He spent time travelling throughout the Southwest and along the Mexico-U.S. border in the 1980s gathering material for two photographic books. In this volume, Hall takes us to the most celebrated churches, such as the majestic San Xavier del Bac near Tucson, as well as to the most obscure, providing images that demonstrate the beautiful variety found in these sacred...

Adopted on March 21, 2017 by Anita and Keith Thomas . View Bookplate
Title page of Mexican tailless amphibians in the USNM

Bulletin no.160 - United States National Museum

By Remington Kellog. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, [etc.], 1932.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This work, which includes information about Arizona’s State Amphibian (Hyla eximia, the Arizona treefrog or Mountain treefrog), is part of the important Smithsonian series, Bulletin of the United States National Museum. The Libraries holds a comprehensive collection of Smithsonian publications stretching back to the first publication of the Institution in 1848. This item, Bulletin no.160, was written by noted Smithsonian scientist, Remington Kellogg, who would go on to serve as Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and later Assistant...

Adopted on March 16, 2017 by Amy and Horacio Valeiras . View Bookplate
The Handbook to Arizona

The hand-book to Arizona

By Richard J. Hinton. San Francisco; New York: Payot, Upham & Co.; American News Co, 1878.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Richard J. Hinton (1830-1901), an Englishman, crossed the Atlantic in 1851 and took up residence in New York City. While there he learned the printer's trade and soon became a newspaper reporter. As a reporter he opposed the Fugitive Slave Law, became an anti-slavery advocate, and assisted in the organization of the Republican Party, which came into being in large part to oppose the expansion of slavery as embodied in the Kansas-Nebraska Act. With many another Kansas journalist of the late 1850s, Hinton certainly was “among those that helped to make Kansas free,” as he wrote in 1900. ...

Adopted on March 15, 2017 by Maureen Conners in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Conners. View Bookplate

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