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Gallery of Wild Animal Paintings in the Zoological Park

By New York Zoological Society. New York, New York: Charles Francis Press, 1930.
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This beautiful collection of paintings of disappearing species, set in their natural habitats (or representations of their habitats), highlights key species that were under threat of extinction in the early 1900s. The introduction provides a particularly poignant description: “Sooner or later the development and growing population of the country at large will reach a point where there will be no more room for the larger forms of mammalian life. The bison, the sheep, the antelope and the wapiti as game animals have already disappeared or are doomed to vanish during the next few decades... Read More
Gold Fever and the Art of Panning and Sluicing, cover

Gold Fever and the Art of Panning and Sluicing

By Lois M. DeLorenzo. Pico Rivera, CA: Gem Guides Book Co, 1978.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Lois DeLorenzo gets down and dirty when explaining how to search for gold in the wilderness of North America. Her text and detailed drawings include information on how to assess whether an area is likely to contain gold deposits and how to build the tools necessary for panning and sluicing. DeLorenzo lists the materials needed and provides instructions for building various handmade prospecting tools, and demonstrates via her illustrations the best ways to use each tool. This unique bound paperback is from the Minerals Library at the National Museum of Natural History. Read More
Hunting monsters

Hunting Monsters

By Darren Naish.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

You might be wondering why the Smithsonian Libraries would choose a book based on beasts from fantasy, but behind every myth is some truth. The family of “cryptids” includes such familiar creatures as Bigfoot, Yeti, and the Loch Ness Monster, plus several other questionable beasts of land and sea. This book, illustrated with black-and-white photos and drawings, attempts to apply the scientific method to reports of these mythological creatures. The goal is to separate fact from fiction, i.e., what is pure imagination from what is actually possible. The author, Mr. Naish,... Read More
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Kiss of the beast

South Brisbane, Qld: Queensland Art Gallery, 2005.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Queensland Art Gallery curators Ted Gott and Kathryn Weir created an exhibit featuring monsters and beasts as depicted in art and entertainment history. The exhibit and accompanying book, Kiss of the Beast: From Paris Salon to King Kong highlights the many ways beasts feature prominently in imaginations of artists and filmmakers. The animal now known as the gorilla came to the attention of modern Europeans in 1847. From that time, gorillas and similar beasts have been popular subjects in sculptures, paintings, books, and movies. This book analyzes the cultural, racial, and... Read More
La vie des mammiferes et des hommes fossiles, dechiffree a l'aide de l'anatomie et de la physiologie comparees de l'appareil masticateur

La Vie des Mammiferes et des Hommes Fossiles

By H. Sanielevici. Bucarest: Imprimerie de l'Etat, 1926.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

The title translates as "The life of mammals and fossilized humans, deciphered using comparative anatomy of the chewing organs.” This book's author, Mr. Sanielevici, believed that analysis of the processes and organs involved in chewing and digesting would explain the evolution of humans and mammals. In his ideology, ethnicity, racial diversity, and even personality are derived from historic and regional dietary trends: you are what you eat. This book was signed by the author, Henry (Henric) Sanielevici (1875-1951). He was a Romanian journalist and critic, known for his... Read More
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Life Processes

By William L. Staley. [New York city, $b The author, $c c1934]:
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

From the smallest cells to vast, swirling nebulae; from plumes of volcanic ash and rock to the relationships of primates, William L. Staley carefully details life on Earth as we know it.  He does so with the help of My Pal, a cartoon bacterium.  The result is a bit silly but informative and inviting.  Printed on coated paper and frequently dotted with illustrations, cartoons, and photographs (of special note is the fold-out photo of the skeleton from fish to man at the end).  This first edition copy is signed and dated by the author.  Read More
Paleoart

Paleoart

By Zoe Lescaze.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This magnificently illustrated book describes and depicts images of paleo art from the inception of the field, in the 1830s, to the modern era. Paleoart, unique in its literary field, includes beautifully reproduced paintings, drawings, tile mosaics, etc. from collections around the world. Each example represents a mixture of science and fantasy as artists have attempted to visualize extinct life in its long-ago environment. Some art used in this volume was taken from the archives and collection of the Smithsonian’s Paleobiology collection.  Organized chronologically, the... Read More
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Pearls

By Fred Ward. Bethesda, MD: Gem Book Publishers, 1995.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This 64-page booklet is part of the Fred Ward Gem Series. Richly and colorfully illustrated, it provides a fine overview of pearls, those beautiful “gifts from the sea.” For at least 2,000 years, pearls have been collected, worn, and treasured, and this gem of a book provides history and lore, geography, science, and practical advice. Fred Ward was an honored journalist and photographer, primarily for National Geographic. His published photos included John Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., the Beatles, Fidel Castro, and Leonid Brezhnev. To get the pictures he wanted, he travelled... Read More
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Physical Observations with Discussions by Various Authors.

By British National Antarctic Expedition. London: The Royal Society [Harrison and Sons, Printers], 1908.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

The British National Antarctic Expedition (1901 – 1904), commonly called the Discovery Expedition, was a trailblazer of British exploration of the South Pole.  It launched the careers of leading figures of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, including Ernest Shackleton, who competed with Roald Amundsen to be the first person to reach the South Pole and died in a later Antarctic exploration in 1921.  This volume contains information discovered on that expedition, including tidal, pendulum, and magnetic observations; earthquakes and other geological movements; and aurorae... Read More
Pyrite

Pyrite [Fool's Gold]

By David T. Rickard. New York, New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

David Rickard gives gold’s poor relation the royal treatment in this scholarly work on the mineral pyrite. Rickard presents both the social uses of pyrite—from historical accounts—and the scientific nature of the mineral. Whether a scientist is researching the history of an older piece of metalwork or the chemical properties of the raw material, Rickard’s work is useful for the scholar and layman alike. This nicely illustrated book is from the Minerals Library at the National Museum of Natural History. Read More

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