Adopted Books


Adopted Books
Lienzo de Tlaxcalla two page image depicting a sumptuous feast

Lienzo de Tlaxcalla

Mexico: Alfredo Chavero, 1892.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This 1892 folio reproduction of a Tlaxcala codex was originally developed in the 16th century. The Lienzo de Tlaxcalla uses detailed drawings to depict the time of contact and conflict between Hernando Cortez and various groups of people in and around the Tlaxcala region of Mexico. The Lienzo de Tlaxcalla is comprised of images with accompanying text in Nahuatl. One such stunning image protrays a sumptuous banquet. The 16th century original is now lost, but its imagery is available thanks in part to this recreation by Alfredo Chavero. The Smithsonian Institution acquired...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Nancy L. Eaton . View Bookplate
Cover of The Amateur's Kitchen Garden

The amateur's kitchen garden

By Shirley Hibberd. London: Groombridge and sons, 1877.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

Shirley Hibberd, born in 1825, was one of the most popular and successful English gardening writers of the Victorian Era.  The Smithsonians Libraries holds 12 books he published and a few issues of the garden magazines he edited.  These types of books were written before modern production agriculture and gave instruction to a middle class household on growing their own food on their land.  The book is illustrated with 6 colored plates of mouthwatering fruits, such as plums, melons, and tomatoes (botanically a fruit), plus several wood engraved illustrations placed throughout the book.

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Robin Davisson In honor of Barbara Davisson. View Bookplate
Blue cover of Eggs: facts and fancies about them with drawings of people and flowers; short title "Eggs" is in gold lettering.

Eggs: facts and fancies about them

By Anna Barrows. Boston: D. Lothrop, [1890].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Anna Barrows, a pioneer in home economics education, compiled this small book of recipes, superstitions and legends, medicinal uses, and other cultural associations of the egg.  Her goal was to promote the use and expand the production of eggs.  This little book is full of tidbits of information about the egg and its presence in human history: from tips on ways to use eggs in daily life, though maybe scientifically suspect these days (“The whole of a raw egg…rubbed into the hair occasionally to stimulate its growth and prevent falling off…”) to the chemical properties of eggs used in...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by William F. Long and Laura Brouse-Long . View Bookplate
Cover illustration for the Palaeontographical Society dinner menu

Ye Palaeontographical Society

By Palaeontographical Society (Great Britain). [London: The Society, 1872].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

England’s Palaeontographical Society was founded in 1847. It still exists today and works to support research and to advance knowledge of the fossil flora and fauna of Great Britain and Ireland.  Its primary activity has always been publishing scholarly works by its members, including Richard Owen’s early descriptions of dinosaurs and Charles Darwin’s classic study of fossil barnacles.  But this rather charming menu – with its caricatures and elaborate design – suggests that at least one other activity was supported: dining in convivial company.  The menu is in Latin, but one hopes that...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Alan R. Kabat . View Bookplate
Title page of The autocrat of the breakfast-table

The autocrat of the breakfast-table

By Oliver Wendell Holmes. Boston: Phillips, Sampson and Company, 1859.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

This collection of Yankee essays by beloved American author Olvier Wendell Holmes Sr. was originally published in the Atlantic Monthly in 1857, a magazine that Holmes named.  Eventually published in book form, this second edition copy is about as American as apple pie with a side of New England Cheddar.  Published in Boston in 1859, it still boasts its orignial austere American publishers' cloth binding typical of the mid-19th century.  The essays are "dramedy" vignettes about a fictional Boston boardinghouse and the breakfast conversations among residents therein.  The...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Alan R. Kabat . View Bookplate
Side View of plain blue cover of To James Bond with Love with the title in gold lettering on the spine

To James Bond with love

By Mary Wickham Bond. Lititz, Pa: Sutter House, c1980.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

The lives of James and Mary Bond, a Philadelphia ornithologist and author, respectively, were altered the day that author Ian Fleming, a bird lover who was familiar with Bond’s book, “The Birds of the West Indies,” appropriated James Bond’s name for his fictional spy character.  In this biography of her husband, Mary Wickham Bond describes in delightful stories her life with him, both ornithological and literary.  It includes such anecdotes as the time the ‘real’ James Bond met Ian Fleming (there’s a photo of this event in the book, which took place in Goldeneye, Jamaica) and managing...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Amy L. Snyder . View Bookplate
Front cover of Joys of Jell-o gelatin dessert

Joys of Jell-o gelatin dessert

By General Foods Corporation. White Plains, N.Y: General Foods, c1963.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

This is the first of many editions of The Joys of Jell-o gelatin dessert. It includes many color illustrations. Before the invention of gelatin in a powdered form by Jell-o in 1897, making gelatin was time-consuming, expensive, and reserved for the well-to-do. The affordability of Jell-o actually shifted the socio-economic consumtion of gelatin to the average consumer. By the 1920's, with advent of electric refrigeration, the popularity gelatin desserts soared. Then in the 1930's, congealed salads both sweet and savory, entered the the domestic scene. It can easily be argued that...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Barbara Werther In honor of Shirley Werther. View Bookplate
Cover of Chocolate: Pathway to the Gods and DVD


By Meredith L. Dreiss and Sharon Edgar Greenhill. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2008.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian

Chocolate lovers abound globally, yet few know that chocolate derives from the cacao tree which grows in many part of Central and South America. It was the ancient Mesoamerican civilizations who cultivated and converted the cacao bean to the delightful creation known as “chocolate” which was a delicacy reserved for royalty and ceremony. In the 18th century, naturalist Carolus Linnaeus aptly bestowed the cacao tree’s scientific name, Theobroma cacao, or “Food of the Gods” as cacao played a significant role in creation stories as a sacred tree for the protection of the deities. This...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Mary B. Kozik In honor of Ella Grace Szymanski. View Bookplate
Cover of French Fries: a new play

French fries

By Dennis Bernstein and Warren Lehrer; designed by Warren Lehrer. Purchase, N.Y: Ear/Say ; Rochester, N.Y. : Visual Studies Workshop, 1984.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

This artists’ book and performance piece is a rare, important creative exercise in graphic design published in printed offset lithography and issued in a limited edition of 700 copies. Described by Johanna Drucker in The Century of Artists' Books as, "a carnivalesque-pop-art-amusement-motel-and -theme-park of visual and typographic devices." This book/play presents a day in the life of the original "Dream Queen" restaurant (a restaurant that grew to become the third largest burger chain in the western hemisphere). Before the book/play begins, 83-year-old Gertie Greenbaum is found...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Francine Carol Berkowitz . View Bookplate
Cover of Spices by Henry N. Ridley, depicting a golden plant on the red cover


By Henry Nicholas Ridley. London: Macmillan and Co., limited, 1912.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

In the introduction to Spices, Henry N. Ridley claims that “The history of the cultivation and use of spices is perhaps the most romantic story of any vegetable product.” His passion for the subject is one of many examples of Ridley’s overlapping interest in botany and economics. Each chapter is dedicated to a particular flavoring, often a single spice. Includes flavors from Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Ginger to Zedoary, Galangal, and Calamus Root. While this title predates Ridley’s most famous botanical contributions, The Flora of the Malay Peninsula (1922) and ...

Adopted on November 16, 2016 by Thomas F. Jorstad . View Bookplate