Scholarly Editions

collage of images from various digital editions

The Smithsonian Libraries have been digitizing books since 1996. Many of the first books made available online included explanatory essays by prominent scholars, additional details about the books such as collations, or contextual information that had been researched by library staff or visiting fellows. The original "Digital Editions" each occupied their own mini-website and had a distinct look and feel that was derived from the original. Re-branded as "Scholarly Editions" those titles have been reformatted to match the rest of our online books and collected below. The longer form essays and additional information are now included as PDF documents rather than web pages.

Cover of Bijdragen tot de kennis der residentie Ternate

Bijdragen tot de kennis der residentie Ternate

Clercq, F. S. A. de
E.J. Brill
1890

Cover of Cristiani Hugenii Zulichemii, Const. f. Systema Saturnium

Cristiani Hugenii Zulichemii, Const. f. Systema Saturnium

Huygens, Christiaan
Ex typographia Adriani Vlacq
MDCLIX [1659]

9. Rings of Saturn

Cover of Cristiani Hugenii Zulichemii, Const. f. Systema Saturnium sive, De causis mirandorum Saturni phaenomenôn, et comite ejus Planeta Novo

Cristiani Hugenii Zulichemii, Const. f. Systema Saturnium

Huygens, Christiaan
Ex typographia Adriani Vlacq
MDCLIX [1659]

No. 009 

Christiaan Huygens and his Systema Saturnium

Cover of Description botanique du Chiranthodendron

Description botanique du Chiranthodendron

Larréategui, José Dionisio; Lescallier, Daniel, baron
De l'imprimerie impériale
an 13, 1805

Cover of Le garde-meuble

Le garde-meuble

Guilmard, Désiré; D. Guilmard et Bordeaux,; D. Guilmard et Bordeaux Frères,; E. Maincent (Firm),; Rigo Frères (Firm),; J. Rigo et cie,; J. Rigo Lebref et cie,; Decan et Lebref,; Decan (Firm),
D. Guilmard

Désiré Guilmard
Le Garde-meuble, ancien et moderne, 1839-1935
by Cynthia Van Allen Schaffner

Cover of Observationum botanicarum fasciculus primus

Observationum botanicarum fasciculus primus

Hedwig, Romanus Adolph
In Bibliopolio Schaeferiano
1802

Cover of Ornithologie

Ornithologie

Martinet, François Nicolas
The Artist?]
1773-1792

François Nicolas Martinet engraved illustrations of birds for books by some of the most influential ornithologists in 18th-century France.

Table 6 showing images of shells from invertebrates in the Buccinum and Strombus genera

Prodromus in systema historicum testaceorum

Spalowsky, Joachim Johann Nepomuk
Gedruckt bey Ignaz Alberti's Wittwe
1795

Joachim Johann Nepomuk Anton Spalowsky (1752-17 May 1797) was a veritable polymath in the Austrian Empire of the late eighteenth century.

Cover of The avifauna of Laysan and the neighbouring islands text

The avifauna of Laysan and the neighbouring islands text

Rothschild, Lionel Walter Rothschild, Baron; Palmer, Henry
R.H. Porter
1893-1900

Cover of The avifauna of Laysan and the neighbouring islands plates (1893)

The avifauna of Laysan and the neighbouring islands [plates] (1893)

Rothschild, Lionel Walter Rothschild, Baron; Palmer, Henry
R.H. Porter
1893-1900

Cover of The house painter, or, Decorator's companion

The house painter, or, Decorator's companion

Higgins, William Mullingar
Thomas Kelly
1841

Cover of Theatrum instrumentorum et machinarum Iacobi Bessoni ...

Theatrum instrumentorum et machinarum Iacobi Bessoni

Besson, Jacques, Dauphinois; Béroalde de Verville
Apud Barth. Vincentium
1578

Cover of Tychonis Brahe Astronomiæ instauratæ mechanica

Tychonis Brahe Astronomiæ instauratæ mechanica

Brahe, Tycho
apud L. Hvlsivm, 1602

Cover of Verzeichniss meiner Insecten-Sammlung c. 1

Verzeichniss meiner Insecten-Sammlung c. 1

Sturm, Jakob
Gedruckt auf Kosten des Verfassers
1796