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The language of botany: Being a dictionary of the terms made use of in that science, principally by Linnaeus....

The language of botany: Being a dictionary of the terms made use of in that science, principally by Linnaeus....

By Thomas Martyn. London: Printed for B. and J. White, Fleet-Street., MDCCXCIII [1793].
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Thomas Martyn was Regius Professor of Botany at Cambridge University and an early adopter of Linnaean classification and nomenclature, which he promulgated in his public lectures. In this work, based on a paper given to the Linnean Society in 1789, he defines hundreds of Linnaean terms and clarifies conceptual aspects of the Linnaean system, which is the foundation for the work of modern researchers at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Adopted on December 7, 2016 by Susan Holden Blaha . View Bookplate
Cover image for "Foraging Behavior" by Kamil et al.

Foraging behavior

By Alan C. Kamil, John R. Krebs, and H. Ronald Pulliam [editors]. New York: Plenum Press, 1987.
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Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

When you visit a buffet, do you have a favorite ‘strategy’ for filling up? What if instead of a long, single table, there are 3-4 ‘stations’? Only a handful of people at the buffet? Long lines? What if there were Tupperware available, so you could save food for later? How might each of these circumstances change your strategy? What if a hungry lion was in the room? How might that threat change things? As this book’s preface states “Foraging behavior has always been a central concern of ecology. Understanding what animals eat is clearly an essential component of understanding many ecological...

Adopted on December 7, 2016 by Royanne Chipps Bailey in honor of Kristen Kohary. View Bookplate
Six discourses delivered by John Pringle ...when president of the Royal Society...; to which is prefixed the life of the author

Six discourses delivered by John Pringle ... when president of the Royal Society ...; to which is prefixed the life of the author.

By John Pringle. London: Printed for W. Strahan, and T. Cadell ..., 1783.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Sir John Pringle, 1st Baronet, PRS (1707 – 1782) was a Scottish physician who has been called the "father of military medicine," although Ambroise Paré (1510-1590) and Jonathan Letterman (1824-1872) have also been accorded this sobriquet.After finishing his studies, Pringle settled in Edinburgh at first as a physician, but between 1733 and 1744 was also Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh University. In 1742 he became physician to the Earl of Stair, then commanding the British army in Flanders. In November 1772 he was elected President of the Royal Society, a position he held until...

Adopted on December 7, 2016 by Troy Prothero . View Bookplate
Electricity at work

Electricity at work

[Chicago]: [Twentieth Century Press], [1933].
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Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

"Electricity at work" portrays early 20th century methods of generation, transmission, distribution, and utilization of energy. This colorful and streamlined designed brochure celebrates the history and innovations in electricity as exhibited at the 1933 Century of Progress fair in Chicago. 

Adopted on December 1, 2016 by Jacqueline Vossler on behalf of the Smithsonian In Memory of Donna Hendrickson. View Bookplate
Title Page of Miss Beecher's domestic receipt book

Miss Beecher's domestic receipt book

By Catharine Esther Beecher. New York: Harper & Bros, 1862.
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Library: National Museum of American History Library

Catharine Esther Beecher was born in 1800, the daughter of Lyman Beecher, an outspoken minister and co-founder of the American Temperance Society. Her younger sister was Harriet Beecher Stowe, well known abolitionist and author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Disappointed in the limited curriculum available to young women during her own school years, Catharine became a teacher in 1821 and a strong advocate for women’s education. In 1823 she opened a private girls’ school, the Hartford Female Seminary, in Hartford, CT. Harriet graduated from the Seminary and later helped her sister there. In...

Adopted on November 21, 2016 by Maureen Conners In honor of Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Conners, Advocates of Education for All. View Bookplate
Cover of We are what we eat

We are what we eat

By Donna R. Gabaccia. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1998.
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Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

America has often been called a great melting pot. This book was written by a world-reknowned history professor who collaborates frequently with librarians.  The author specilizes in migration, gender, and food studies.  This book is about how American culture has been and continues to be shaped by the food we eat.  America is made up of many different nationalities.  Each group brings their own dish to the table, so to speak.  America is changed each time a new ethnic group arrives, bringing their specialized dishes and traditions with them.  The author highlights how the ever-changing...

Adopted on November 17, 2016 by Anne Theresa Graham in honor of her parents, Edward and Lou Anne Kascht Graham. View Bookplate
Cover, Manhattan Oases.

Manhattan Oases

By Al Hirschfeld. New York: E.P. Dutton: 1932.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

To try the Rock and Rye at the Dixie Club, you’d have to find the false front, but don’t worry, no secret password is necessary for this speak easy. Undertaking “intense personal research”, Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003) documents the portraits, anecdotes, and cocktail recipes – some appetizing, some less so –from notable New York City “speaks” during Prohibition. Included is the sleepy original Stonewall Inn, better known today for the 1969 Stonewall uprising in the struggle for gay civil rights, as is O’Leary’s, where a hobo could get soup, a cigarette and a place to sleep on the floor for...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Charles and Candace Cowan . View Bookplate
Plate & text of Testudo carbonaria in Bell's Monograph of the Testudinata

A monograph of the testudinata

By Thomas Bell. London: Printed for Samuel Highley, 32 Fleet Street , [1832-1836?].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

A leading English zoologist who worked with Charles Darwin on the reptiles from the voyage of the Beagle, Thomas Bell (1792-1880) intended this earlier work to summarize all of the world’s turtles, both living and extinct.  Issued in parts by subscription, it ran into financial difficulties and was never completed.  Nevertheless, it is famous for its illustrations, drawn from living specimens by James de Carle Sowerby and lithographed by Edward Lear, who imbued each animal with life and individuality.  Yes, it’s the “nonsense” Edward Lear; he was also a respected natural-history artist, and...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by James G. Mead . View Bookplate
Cover of the Savoy Cocktail book

The Savoy cocktail book

By Harry Craddock. London: Constable & Company, Ltd, 1930.
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Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

First edition of this iconic Art Deco-publication. The Savoy cocktail book is the most important cocktail book ever published. This foundational work of modern culture is made up of recipes created and "compiled" by Harry Craddock of The Savoy Hotel, the greatest barman to have ever lived, completely revolutionized the drinking scene and is still in print today. This classic of cocktail drinking remains unsurpassed, both in its contents and in its artistic form. Cover and interior decoration artwork by Gilbert Rumbold.

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Barbara Bonessa and Alan Perkins . View Bookplate
The frontispiece and title page of the pamphlet on the "malt liquor question"

Essays on the malt liquor question

By Brewers' Industrial Exhibition. New York: Francis Hart & Co., printers, 1876.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

This pamphlet was published for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.  Following an introduction that describes and illustrates the several halls of the exposition, it focuses on the Brewers’ Industrial Exhibition building featured in a full-page frontispiece.  The brewers may well have required and deserved their own large and elaborate building, as the text tells us that their exhibition featured not only the making of beer, ale, etc. but also the taste-testing of same, which would surely have attracted large crowds.  The book assures its audience that “eminent physicians,...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Tracy L. Sullivan . View Bookplate

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