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Adopted Books
Cover of Wild Animals in Captivity

Wild animals in captivity

By Abraham Dee Bartlett. London: Chapman and Hall, Ltd, 1898.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Abraham Dee Bartlett (1812-1897) was a prominent taxidermist and superintendent of the London Zoological Gardens. He was in regular correspondence with Charles Darwin, and served Queen Victoria by taking care of her pet birds. Bartlett left a mixed legacy. He was a well-respected and influential scientist who was a noted expert on the care and keeping of wild animals, ultimately becoming a household name. However, he was also responsible for the sale of Jumbo, the African elephant, to P. T. Barnum, despite widespread protests. Bartlett later died on the zoo grounds. One of his sons,...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Peter B. Kibbee . View Bookplate
View of Paired for Life with one pear inside the house like structure and the other resting in front.

Paired for Life

By Jo Stealey, artist. 2014.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Textile and book artist Jo Stealey received first prize for her work “Paired for Life” in the 2015 national artist book exhibition held at Pyramid Atlantic, a contemporary arts center dedicated to the creation and appreciation of hand papermaking, printmaking, digital arts, and the art of the book. This unique sculptural work is an example of an artists' book, or a work of art that takes the form of a book. It signifies the union of the artist and her husband, represented in the form of the two colorful, coiled fiber pears. The codex echoes the shape of a house: the book “cover” lined with...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Elizabeth Berry In honor of Suzanne M. Johnson and Donna Stockton. View Bookplate
Cover of Pressed Glass Salt Dishes of the Lacy Period

Pressed glass salt dishes of the lacy period, 1825-1850

By Logan Wolfe Neal. Philadelphia: [1962].
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Any glass collector worth their salt should consider adopting this charming book on pressed glass salt dishes. “Lacy glass” is the term given to the first glass products pressed in America and on the European Continent, from about 1825-1850. This volume contains actual-size drawings of each salt dish described. Glass is often difficult to photograph accurately due to the refraction of light by facets on the pieces. But even producing these drawings required the making of molds and castings of each and every lacy salt dish to capture the intricate details.

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Patricia and Dennis Miller In honor of Vivian Sheehan. View Bookplate
Cover of Wildlife Feeding and Nutrition

Wildlife feeding and nutrition

By Charles T. Robbins. San Diego: Academic Press, 1993.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Zoological Park Library

Wildlife Feeding and Nutrition is an indispensable reference for the staff and researchers in the Department of Nutrition at the National Zoological Park.  It analyzes the animals' needs for everything from macronutrients to vitamin and minerals, their gastrointestinal anatomy and function, digestion and nutrient metabolism, food intake and regulation, and much more.  The Department of Nutrition serves one of the most important roles for the Zoo: the nutrition and feeding of the animals in the Zoo’s collection. Not only does this department feed a very wide variety of species in...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Peter B. Kibbee . View Bookplate
Cover, A La Carte.

A la carte

By Oscar Berger. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1948.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Imagine your Crepes Suzette served by ballerina, or your Frogs Legs appetizer garnished with top hat and monocle. That is how Oscar Berger (1901-1997) would have served you, if he had been a restauranteur and not an artist! Born in the former Czechoslovakia, Berger won a scholarship to the Berlin Art School in 1920 and went on to work as a staff artist at Berlin’s largest daily newspaper. Forced to flee the country after his political cartoons upset Hitler, he lived in Prague, Budapest, Paris, and London before settling in the United States. He became known as a kind of roving visual...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Amy L. Snyder . View Bookplate
Cover of The Wonder book of good meals

The Wonder book of good meals

New York: Continental Baking Co, c1934.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

"The only bread baked at the Chicago World's Fair," Wonder Bakery was the first major company to adapt commerical bread slicers.  Imagine the "wonder" that was inspired when they exhibited at the Chicago World's Fair in 1934 just a few short years after the slicers were invented.  The exhibition baked, sliced, and packaged bread on the spot.  The Wonder book of good meals: World's Fair Edition was given out as a keepsake/advertisement to fairgoers.  It includes recipes for every course, as well as defining "whitchery", the art of making sandwiches.  Incidentally, the Smithsonian National...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Dianne and Malcolm Niedner In honor of Dr. Cheryl Ganz. View Bookplate
Title page to Fruits and Fruit Trees of America

The fruits and fruit trees of America

By A. J. Downing, revised and corrected by Charles Downing. New York, New York: John Wiley, 1863.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

First published in 1845, A. J. Downing's Fruits and Fruit Trees of America became the most influential of books about growing fruit trees and went through several editions, even after Downing untimely death in 1852.  The book discusses orchard design from both practical and esthetic standpoints, detailing information on planting schemes, grafting techniques, and pest control.  Downing lists more than 185 apple and 230 pear cultivars - the majority first grown in America - and classifies them by best eating season.  A.J. Downing is considered the father of America’s landscape architecture...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Louis R. Hughes In honor of Luis Marmol. View Bookplate
Cover of Mueller's Bibliographie des Kaffee...

Bibliographie des Kaffee, des Kakao, der Schokolade, des Tee

By Wolf Mueller. Bad Bocklet: W. Krieg, 1960.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This bibliography on coffee, cacao, chocolate, and tea documents the long history of interest in these stimulating and popular beverages and is part of the Cullman Library’s reference collection. Legend has it that coffee was discovered by a goat herder in the Ethiopian highlands who noticed that after eating the berries his goats would not go to sleep at night.  That story may not be in this bibliography but, from 16th-century herbals which first illustrated the plants to the rules of the Coffee Tavern Protection Society in 1889 (who knew?), this book has the subject covered.  Aside from...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Joe Starnes and Jacqueline Bowie In honor of David and Melanie Ballard. View Bookplate
Back of menu for a Dinner for the directors of the Philadelphia & Havre de Grace Tow-Boat Co.

Dinner for the directors of the Philadelphia & Havre de Grace Tow-Boat Co.

By M. Pope Mitchell, organizer. [Philadelphia]: [publisher not identified], [1850].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

The Philadelphia & Havre de Grace Tow-Boat Company hauled goods between the two cities. The Company's first annual report listed hardware, dry goods, coal, oil, hides, etc. and vast amounts of foodstuffs – sugar, molasses, coffee, mackerel, salt, whiskey and other liquors, wheat and flour, butter, bacon and lard, and dried vegetables.  This menu for a dinner for the Directors of the company was found laid into a book on geology, and it is tempting to think that one of the Directors of the company or a guest at the dinner used it as a bookmark, leading to its unique survival.  (The book...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Timothy and Patricia Schantz In honor of Judy and Bob Schantz. View Bookplate
The torn cover and the decorative title page of the White House Cook Book

The White House cook book

By F. L. Gillette and Hugo Ziemann. Chicago: The Werner Company, c1891.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

First published in 1887, this book proved enormously popular and stayed in print for decades (each new edition featuring a frontispiece portrait of the current First Lady).  Co-author Hugo Ziemann served as steward in the White House, providing the book its title, but Mrs. Gillette provided the bulk of the text, adapted to the practical needs of average American homes.  As the lengthy sub-title tells us, it’s more than just a cookbook – it is an encyclopaedic compendium of recipes for foods, salves and medicaments, lotions and personal products, cleaning and polishing compounds, etc. from...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Linda and Peter Rapp . View Bookplate

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