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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
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
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African-American Pioneers in Anthropology

Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999.
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Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This book highlights the lives, works, and accomplishments of African American scholars in recent history whose work is influential in the field of anthropology. The contributions of these scholars vary, ranging from the cultural impacts of Zora Neale Hurston’s field works and writings to Caroline Bond Day and her research in physical anthropology. Each chapter focuses on a specific person, discussing both their biography and their scholarly work. This book is important to the collection as documentation of the diversity within anthropology, as well as a thorough... Read More
Algorithmus linealis numerationem additionem subtractionem duplationem, mediationem, multiplicationem, divisionem, et progessionem una cum regula de tri per stringens.

Algorithmus linealis numerationem additionem subtractionem duplationem, mediationem, multiplicationem, divisionem, et progessionem una cum regula de tri per stringens.

By Heinrich Auerbach. [Leipzig]: Impressum Liptzk p[er] ... Martinu[m] Lanssburgk Herbipolensem ..., 1512.
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

One of the earliest treatises on calculation by the aid of counters on an abacus. In the dedication Heinrich Stromer von Auerbach (1482-1542) refers to Aristotle and Boethius. There is a brief introduction on the use of counters or projectiles, then the work covers addition, subtraction, duplication, mediation, multiplication, division, progression, and the rule of three. Read More
Title Page of American Entomology

American entomology

By Thomas Say. Philadelphia: Published by Mitchell and Ames, 1817.
Adoption Amount: $1,600   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Thomas Say (1787-1834) was a self-taught naturalist who has come to be considered the Father of American Entomology.  In 1812 he became one of the founding/charter members of the Academy of Natural Sciences at Philadelphia and actually lived at the Academy and tended its small museum for several years.  He also began publishing this book – part 1 came out in 1817 – but his participation in several scientific expeditions delayed its completion until later in the 1820s.  In this and other works he described and named over 1400 species of insects (especially... Read More
Anweisung für Anfänger, Pflanzen zum Nutzen und Vergnügen zu sammeln und nach dem Linneischen System zu bestimmen.   AND  Anweisung Pflanzen zum Nutzen und Vergnügen zu sammeln und nach dem Linneischen System zu bestimmen.

Anweisung für Anfänger, Pflanzen zum Nutzen und Vergnügen zu sammeln und nach dem Linneischen System zu bestimmen. AND Anweisung Pflanzen zum Nutzen und Vergnügen zu sammeln und nach dem Linneischen System zu bestimmen.

By Albrecht Wilhelm Roth. Gotha: Bey Carl Wilhelm Ettinger, 1778.
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Held by only one and two libraries respectively in North America, these are the 1st and 2nd editions of a work on collecting plants and preparing a herbarium following the Linnaean system. Their purchase strengthens SIL's significant collection of historical works on natural-history cabinets and directions for collecting & preserving specimens. Read More
Aquatilium animalium historiae The history of aquatic animals

Aquatilium animalium historiae [The history of aquatic animals]

By Ippolito Salviani. Romae: Apud eundem Hippolytum Saluianum, mense Ianuario, MDLVIII [i.e. 1554-1558].
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Salviani's book on aquatic animals is renowned as one of the three 16th-century works that established ichthyology as a modern science; SIL holds the other two, and this completes the trio. A professor of medicine at the University of Rome and physician to several Popes, Salviani collected fishes in the markets of Rome for anatomical examination to support his systematic studies, correcting and expanding the works of ancient authors (Aristotle, Pliny, et al.). Ninety-three species of fishes and cephalopods are depicted in the full-page illustrations, with 18 of them new to the science of... Read More
Aranei, or, A natural history of spiders....

Aranei, or, A natural history of spiders....

By Thomas Martyn. [London: T. Martyn], MDCCXCIII [1793].
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

At his Academy for Illustrating and Painting Natural History, 1793. Martyn's Aranei translated into English Carl Clerck's Svenska spindlar/Aranei Svecici (Stockholm, 1757), the founding text on modern scientific nomenclature for spiders, with illustrations originally published in Eleazar Albin's Natural history of spiders (London, 1736). Albin's meticulous drawings for his own spider book were bought by Martyn at the sale of the Dowager Duchess of Portland's collections. Read More
Architectural designs for model country residences

Architectural designs for model country residences

By John Riddell. Philadelphia: John Riddell ..., 1861.
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Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

A book published to sell his designs to prospective clients. Illustrated with twenty lithographs in full color, Architectural Designs is one of the handsomest American books of architecture published in the nineteenth century. It includes designs for villas, cottages, and mansions in the Italian and Gothic styles, along with Greek Revival. Riddell advocated the use of cast ironwork on porches (for columns) and other decoration, and often employed towers and belvederes in his Italian Villa and Italianate plans. Included in the volume was a list of his clients and locations of many of the... Read More
Arizona highways.

Arizona highways - v.22-23 (1946-1947)

[Phoenix:: Arizona Department of Transportation], 1946-1947.
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Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

“Civilization Follows the Improved Highway.” That was, and still is, the motto of the enduring and always alluring travel magazine Arizona Highways. This copy of volumes 22 and 23 covers 1946-1947. It was first published in the 1925 as an engineering newsletter by the Arizona Highway Department. By the 1930’s, it had segued into a magazine documenting the road construction of the expanding highway system throughout Arizona. In the 1940’s, the magazine excelled as one of the first color-illustrated travel magazines at the forefront color printing technology. Arizona... Read More

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