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Cover of  "Victorian" wall-papers

"Victorian" Wall-Papers

London: Jeffrey & Co., 1887.
Adoption Amount: $2,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

This 1887 trade catalog from the wallpaper firm of Jeffrey & Co., (1836-1930) represents the work of a company with a long and interesting history, exhibiting at the 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition in London. They started printing William Morris wallpapers in 1862 and produced wallcoverings designed by well known artists and designers. In 1892, they advertised themselves as Manufacturers and Exporters of All Classes of Non-Arsenical Wallpapers, which was a cause for health and safety concern in wallpaper production in the 19th century. You can read more about this trade... Read More
Cover of Biohistory of 19th-century Afro-Americans

A Biohistory of 19th-Century Afro-Americans

By Lesley M. Rankin-Hill. Westport, Conn: Bergin & Garvey, 1997.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

Upon the discovery of a long-forgotten cemetery in Philadelphia, excavation and study exposed the remains of a Baptist church cemetery and its African-American inhabitants. Thorough research of the skeletons and surrounding area shed light on the living conditions of the African Americans in 19th-century Philadelphia and its environs. This book is important to scientists and curators studying 19th-century American life and physical remains of 19th century Africa -Americans. Read More
Box of Smile Y.O '71 and enclosure

A Box of Smile

By Yoko Ono. New York: Fluxus, 1984, c1971.
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Library: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library

This multiple was created by George Maciunas, ostensible leader of the avant-garde movement Fluxus, in conjunction with Yoko Ono’s 1971 retrospective This is Not Here at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY. Ono, artist, peace activist, and widow of John Lennon has used smiles as a recurring theme since the 1960s. "It is the simplest thing to make yourself healthy and make others feel good," she says about smiling. (Reuters.com) Issued in both black and white, the plastic box is gold-stamped A BOX OF SMILE Y.O. ’71, and opens to reveal a mirror with the viewer’s reflection,... Read More
Compendium of Chronicles

A Compendium of Chronicles

By Sheila Blair. London: Nour Foundation in association with Azimuth Editions and Oxford University Press, c1995.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

The Compendium of Chronicles, written during the 14th century by Rashid-al-Din Hamadani (1247-1318) is considered the first world history. It was written for the Mongol Ilkhanate in Persia. It covers not only the history of the Mongols but major events occurring in China and Europe. This scholarly study by Sheila Blair examines a version of the original manuscript by looking at pages owned by the Khalili Collection and by the Edinburgh University Library. The Compendium was lavishly illustrated and is of great significance for the study of Ilkhanid manuscript painting. Dr. Blair looked... Read More
A complete history of drugs

A Complete History of Drugs

By Pierre Pomet. London: Printed for J. and J. Bonwicke, S. Birt, W. Parker, C. Hitch, and E. Wicksteed, 1748.
Adoption Amount: $750   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

The imaginative illustrations in this rare medical book are what first catches the eye of its reader. Depicting traditional medicinal sources like minerals and plants, as well as the more unusual like unicorn horns and Egyptian mummies, the author Pierre Pomet relied on his extensive travels across Europe to fill up this medical recipe book. Upon his return to Paris, Pomet opened his own apothecary shop. His success was such that he became the chief druggist to King Louis XIV. Pomet’s book was also quite popular and went through several editions, likely achieving success not only due... Read More
A History of Medicine.

A History of Medicine

By Plinio Prioreschi. Omaha: Horatius Press, c1996-c2007.
Adoption Amount: $800   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

This work gives a comprehensive overview and underlines analogies, correlations, and differences among social conditions, intellectual movements, political events, paradigms and beliefs in an effort to identify logical threads to navigate among the immense number of facts and data of the history of medicine. The complete work will consist of eight volumes describing primitive and Ancient Medicine as well as Chinese, Hindu, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Persian, biblical, and American pre-Columbian practices. The finished six volumes are in our Special Collections reference collection, each... Read More
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A History of the Art of Bookbinding

By William Salt Brassington. London: E. Stock, 1894.
Adoption Amount: $750   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

It seems right that a book about bookbinding would have a beautiful cover. But it does not seem right that a book about bookbinding would have a loose binding! A History of the Art of Bookbinding gives a detailed overview of bookmaking methods from ancient times, like Egyptian papyri and Roman scrolls, up to the time of its publication in 1894. It features photographs and illustrations of particularly interesting bindings, such as the carved ivory cover of a 12th century book shown on the frontispiece. Some of the noteworthy bookbindings are covered with jewels, embossed leather, or... Read More
A large dictionary English and Dutch, in two parts.

A Large Dictionary English and Dutch

By William Sewel. T'Amsterdam: By Jacob ter Beek ..., MDCCXLIX [1749].
Adoption Amount: $750   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

The Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History has been building a collection of foreign-language dictionaries from the same time periods as the books in our rare collections (16th-19th centuries), so that researchers can consult contemporary sources when reading and translating the books. Latin, Dutch, German, French, and Spanish have been the top priorities, with Swedish, Portuguese, and Italian as a second tier. For 18th-century Dutch we recently bought the 4th edition of Sewel's English-Dutch dictionary (first published in 1691). A recognized classic in its field, it also... Read More
A narrative of travels in Northern Africa, in the years 1818, 19, and 20

A Narrative of Travels in Northern Africa

By G. F. Lyon. London: John Murray, 1821.
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

The 17 hand-colored prints of early 19th century Northern and Western Africans are not only elegant, but are also valuable historical documents on clothing, headgear, jewelry, and weaponry of that era. The image shown here, "Camel conveying a bride to her husband," (opposite page 299) is one of the most dramatic, but all provide a wealth of information for the historian and art historian alike. George Francis Lyon's clear narrative is a remarkable interweaving of history, geography, and ethnography of a part of the world virtually unknown at the time of his travels in 1818-1820. Read More
Robert Campbell, Jamaican explorer in Nigeria

A Pilgrimage to my Motherland

By Robert Campbell. New York: T. Hamilton; Philadelphia, by the author, 1861.
Adoption Amount: $1,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

In the 1850s, life was hard for free black Americans, and many were considering emigration to Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, or Africa. Debate was fierce. In 1854, the National Emigration Convention, held in Cleveland, Ohio, began to consider the African option proposed by Harvard graduate Martin Robison Delaney. He formed the Niger Valley Exploring Party, intending to establish a settlement in Abeokuta, Nigeria, to grow cotton for the British market using free labor, eventually driving slave-owning American cotton growers out of business. Robert Campbell, a Jamaican-born... Read More

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