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Ants bees wasps_title page

Ants, Bees, and Wasps

By Sir John Lubbock. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1908.
Adoption Amount: $750   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

This volume contains the author’s record of various experiments with ants, bees, and wasps at the turn of the 20th century. Lubbock wrote that his "object has been not so much to describe the usual habits of these insects as to test their mental condition and powers of sense." Beautifully illustrated with color plates, this volume is an early study in behavior of these social Hymenoptera. This copy is from the library of Dr. Robert Silberglied, Research Entomologist, devoted to the study of tropical insects at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. His research included... Read More
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Archæological researches in Costa Rica

By Carl Vilhelm Hartman. Stockholm: I. Hæggströms boktryckeri, 1901.
Adoption Amount: $550   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

Considered a publication of exceptional value, this thorough study of Costa Rican archaeology investigates graves and burial mounds, pottery vessels, and buildings. The author spent over a year working in the field, both on the Atlantic coast, and the interior of the country. The volume is beautifully illustrated with 87 plates and over 400 text illustrations. Formerly a copy held by the Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology, the volume is inscribed to anthropologist “Professor F.W. Putnam, with compliments of the author.” Considerado una publicación de... Read More
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Excavations at Nebaj, Guatemala

By A. Ledyard Smith and Alfred Kidder, With notes on the skeletal material by T. D.. Washington, DC: Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1951.
Adoption Amount: $550   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

This beautifully illustrated monograph describes the excavation and research of an ancient Ixil Maya Indian town in a Guatemalan valley. The archeologists involved in this project describe their field work and findings with scholarly attention to detail, but also with obvious enthusiasm for their discoveries. The Discussion chapter highlights their fascination with ongoing exploration to fill in the historical blanks. The drawings help the reader understand the great variety of artifacts, and their location within the excavation site. Black-and-white photographs provide... Read More
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In and Out of Central America

By Frank Vincent. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1896.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

This book came to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library from the now defunct Panama Canal Zone Library, one of the most important libraries in Panama during the Canal Zone era. In this travel guide for Central America from 1890, Frank Vincent, a wealthy traveler, describes the route and recommendations for traveling from New York City, New York to San Francisco, California. He travels through the Isthmus of Central America via ship and railroad. He describes what he sees, stopping on the major ports in Central America and visiting their capital cities, meeting... Read More
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Isthmus of Panama: History of the Panama Railroad

By F.N. Otis. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1867.
Adoption Amount: $400   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

More than six decades before the Panama Canal, a trans-Isthmian railroad carried thousands of travelers every month between the Atlantic and Pacific. Crossing in this manner represented a third option to people (and freight) traveling to California (recently added to US territory as a result of the war with Mexico) from the eastern United States. They could now avoid the perilous voyage around the Cape of Good Hope as well as the long trek across the great plains and Rocky Mountains. This highly readable book begins with a detailed history of the enterprise itself, and also provides... Read More
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Life in an Air Castle

By Frank M. Chapman. New York, London: D. Appleton-Century C.o, 1938.
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

A sequel to My Tropical Air Castle, Frank Chapman continues to record his visits to Barro Colorado Island in Lake Gatun, Panama Canal. The island, approaching 100 years of scientific experiments, could be described as the heart of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, and Chapman's books are remarkable publications meant for the general public. In this sequel, he spends time highlighting experiences with birds, mammals, and fauna of the island. He includes updated musings about his work on the island, including helping to revolutionize photo-traps for animals (and... Read More
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Mola: Crafting Beauty and Layering the World in Panama

By Mareile Flitsch (ed.), contributions by M. Powroznik, M. Margio and P. Fortis. Zurich: Ethnographic Museum of the University of Zurich, 2015.
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

The mola is a famous Panamanian handicraft created with intricate reverse-applique handwork made by the Guna, and represent important symbols of their culture. The layers of brightly-colored fabric form animals or geometric shapes, and are used to decorate the blouses of Guna women. The most outstanding designs take hours of complex sewing to complete and can be a source of status, and a display of artistic expression and ethnic identity. This publication consists of two separate pieces within a protective jacket. The text block is a narrative of anthropological considerations... Read More
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O Litoral do Brasil Meridional

By Frederico Carlos Hoehne. São Paulo: Secretaria da Agricultura, Indústria e Comércio de São Paulo, Departamento de Botânica do Estado, 1940.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

This botanical study of meridional Brazilian flora was conducted in 1929. Written in Portuguese, it is lavishly illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Frederico Carlos Hoehne (1882 - 1959) was a Brazilian botanist associated with the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro and the Institute of Botany in Sao Paulo. He surveyed the botany of Brazil’s interior and published numerous studies and articles on the local flora. Descripción: Este estudio de la flora brasileña del área meridional fue realizado en 1929. Escrito en portugués esta bellamente ilustrado con fotografías a... Read More
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Sancocho: Stories and Sketches of Panama

By Evelyn Moore; Drawings by Jan Koerber. [n.p.]: Printed by The Panama American Publishing Co., 1938.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

This is a charming miscellany of sketches about Panamanian life by local authors, including Guillermo Andreve, Mario Marin Mirones, Samuel Lewis, Santiago McKay, Salomon Ponce Aguilera, Jose Huerta, Octavio Mendez Pereira, and Nacho Valdes. The quintessential comfort meal, the titular Sancocho, is compared to North American local delicacies, such as Boston baked beans. The traditional costume, una Pollera, illustrated on the frontispiece, is described in Carnival in Santiago. This collection of short stories is a delightful glimpse into 1930’s Panama. This copy is from the... Read More
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The National Geographic Magazine.

Washington: National Geographic Society, 1888-1890.
Adoption Amount: $650   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

This is a bound volume of the first 9 issues of the famous magazine, published only nine months after the National Geographic Society was founded in 1888. Stories range from Surveys of the Coast and Massachusetts, to the state of Africa in 1889; Rivers and valleys of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, to the Law of Storms. Volume 1, no. 4 includes A Trip to Panama and Darien by Richard U. Goode, involving the French Panama Canal Company, and discussing the topographical maps involved in surveying their attempt at building a Canal. National Geographic is a beloved magazine with “stories... Read More

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