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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, 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
Cover of the Savoy Cocktail book

The Savoy cocktail book

By Harry Craddock. London: Constable & Company, Ltd, 1930.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
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
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
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
Title page of Natural history of the American lobster

Natural history of the American lobster

By Francis Hobart Herrick. Washington: Govt. Print. Off, 1911.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Museum Support Center Library

Francis Hobart Herrick (1858-194) was a professor of biology, illustrator, and author who focused his research on shellfish and wild birds. However, Herrick’s primary passion centered on the lobster. Rich in illustrations and charts, Natural History of the American Lobster (1911) examines topics such as the natural history and development of the lobster along with its habits, natural enemies, anatomy, and physiology.

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Charles and Candace Cowan . View Bookplate
The broken cover and text block of Mary Henderson's cook book

Practical cooking and dinner giving

By Mary F. Henderson. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1877, c1876.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

This well-used volume, in its original gold-decorated publisher's binding, provides the reader with simple rules to cook and present meals. In its preface it states: "The aim of this book is to indicate how to serve dishes, and to entertain company at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as to give cooking receipts. Too many receipts are avoided, although quite enough are furnished for any practical cook-book."  Many illustrations (beautiful nineteenth-century wood engravings) embellish the text and make it easier to follow instructions; the frontispiece image shows the exact way of...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by John H. Dick . View Bookplate

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