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In sphaeram Ioannis de Sacro Bosco commentarius.

In sphaeram Ioannis de Sacro Bosco commentarius.

By Christoph Clavius. Romae: Apud Victorium Helianum ..., MDLXX [1570].
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

This first edition of Clavius's commentaries on Sacrobosco's Sphaera opens a fascinating window into the transitional time period of the early scientific revolution: the change from the earth-centered to the heliocentric world view, from Ptolemaism to Copernicanism. The basic text of this book, Joannes de Sacrobosco's (fl. ca. 1230) Sphaera was the most widely used astronomical resource of the late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period and went through literally hundreds of editions inspiring many commentaries. Although the end of the Ptolemaic era was marked by Copernicus's revolutionary...

Adopted on January 25, 2012 by Lowell Robinson . View Bookplate
Delle scoperte e delle opere di Alessandro Volta

Delle scoperte e delle opere di Alessandro Volta

By G. B. Pianciani. Roma: Nella stamperia del Giornale arcadico, presso Antonio Boulzaler, 1829.
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Bound with: - Pianciani, G.B. Della elettricità eccitata dal contatto. [Rome?: Nella stamperia del Giornale arcadico?, 1828?]; - Pianciani, G.B. Osservazioni sulla teorica della elettricità voltaica. [Rome?: Nella stamperia del Giornale arcadico?, 1829?]; - Pianciani, G.B. Note sulla meteorologia dell' anno 1828. [Rome?: Nella stamperia del Giornale arcadico?, 1829?]. A collection of the works of Giovanni Battista Pianciani (1784 - 1862), an Italian Jesuit and lover of physics and the sciences. He was professor of chemistry and physics at the Collegio Romano but later in his life...

Adopted on December 23, 2011 by Peter Bedini in honor of Silvio Bedini. View Bookplate
Story of Hollywood.

Story of Hollywood.

By Mary E. Croswell. [Hollywood, Calif.]: Hollywood Board of Trade, [c1905].
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Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

The story of Hollywood before, in 1911, the Nestor Company opened the town's first film studio in an old tavern on the corner of Sunset and Gower. Illustrated by Ethel Phoebe Bailey. 32 p. : ill.

Adopted on November 20, 2011 by Martin Kalfatovic in honor of Mary C. Kalfatovic. View Bookplate
Cabinets de curiosites, collections, collectionneurs

Cabinets de curiosites, collections, collectionneurs

Paris: Librairie Paul Jammes, [199-?].
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Thisscarce bibilography of 16th-19th century natural history curiosity cabinets is one of the most complete references availableon the subject ofwunderkammer. TheJoseph F.Cullman 3rd Libraryof Natural History has a comprehensivecollection of not only curiosity cabinetcataloguespublished in thier own time, but also an in depth collection of books that detail the collection and assemblage of such cabinets. This book is an invaluable compliment to the study of early museums and natural history collecting.

Adopted on November 17, 2011 by Barbara Smith in honor of SIL Staff. View Bookplate
Esquisses ornithologiques: Descriptions et  figures d'oiseaux nouveaux ou peu connus.

Esquisses ornithologiques: Descriptions et figures d'oiseaux nouveaux ou peu connus.

By Bernard Du Bus de Gisignies. Bruxelles: A. Vandale, [1845-48].
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

A Dutch/Belgian ornithologist and paleontologist, du Bus amassed a private collection of almost 2500 bird specimens upon which he based this work and which he donated to the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences when he became its director in 1846. Describing and illustrating species new to Western science, the Esquisses ornithologiques was issued in parts, with five hand-colored lithographs and corresponding text in each; SIL holds the first three parts (of seven total), with their original printed wrappers.

Adopted on November 8, 2011 by Fay Taylor . View Bookplate

The pocket companion, or, Every man his own lawyer

By Gentleman of the bar.. Philadelphia: Printed and published by M'Carty and Davis, no. 171 Market Street, 1841.
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

"Laid down in so plain a manner, that the farmer, mechanic, apprentice, or school boy, can draw any instrument of writing, without the assistance of an attorney; prefaced with several pages of script; showing a correct form in which an instrument of writing should be drawn, and to instruct those who wish to improve their hand writing at leisure hours, at home, without the instruction of a teacher."

Adopted on November 8, 2011 by Hope Furth in honor of R. Todd Lang. View Bookplate
The castle of Otranto, a Gothic story.

The castle of Otranto, a Gothic story.

By Horace Walpole. Parma: Printed by Bodoni, for J. Edwards, bookseller of London, 1791.
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

First published under a pseudonym and presented as a "found" manuscript in 1764, this fictional work by the son of a British Prime Minister is generally considered the first Gothic novel. This story of ancient prophecy, inheritance and intrigue has many fantastic and romantic elements. Later editions (like this one) were openly attributed to author Horace Walpole in the preface. Our copy has a hidden fore-edge painting (a decorative scene painted directly on the edge of the text block, then gilt) of a landscape.

Adopted on November 1, 2011 by John McCutcheon and Carmen Agra Deedy . View Bookplate
Dialogo

Dialogo...

By Galileo Galilei. In Fiorenza: Per Gio: Batista Landini, MDCXXXII. [1632].
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Galileo's Dialogo is one of the most famous books of the history of science. Presented in the form of scientific dialogue, this book contrasts the contradictory worldviews of Ptolemy and Copernicus, arguing for the latter, the heliocentric theory. For this Galileo was tried and imprisoned, and the book was suppressed. It was placed on the Index, the list of prohibited books, by the Catholic Church where it remained until 1822.

Adopted on October 15, 2011 by Gail Enfiajian in Honor of the Enfiajian Family Grandchildren. View Bookplate
Journal of a voyage to Greenland, in the year 1821

Journal of a voyage to Greenland, in the year 1821

By George William Manby. London: Printed for G. and W. B. Whittaker, 1823.
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Primarily an inventor credited with developing the breeches buoy for rescuing people from shipwrecks, Manby sailed to Greenland, via Spitzbergen and Iceland, to test an experimental whaling harpoon. The book he wrote about the voyage describes the flora and fauna of those Arctic regions, as well as the whaling industry in the early 19th century. Its 20 plates and map, printed by Hullmandel, are among the earliest examples of lithography in England.

Adopted on October 3, 2011 by Katherine Neville . View Bookplate
Archimedis opera quae extant. Novis demonstrationibus commentariisquae illustrata.

Archimedis opera quae extant. Novis demonstrationibus commentariisquae illustrata.

By Archimedes. Parisiis: Apud Claudium Morellum ..., 1615.
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

The most influential seventeenth century edition of Archimedes' complete works. The book contains the Greek text with facing Latin translation and has extensive and detailed commentaries by Rivault. It was still regarded as the best edition in 1670 when Sturm made his German translation.

Adopted on May 22, 2011 by Lowell Robinson . View Bookplate

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