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Catalogus variorum exoticorum rarissimorum maximam partem incognitorum et nullibi...

Catalogus variorum exoticorum rarissimorum maximam partem incognitorum et nullibi...

By Abraham Vater. Wittembergae: Apud Viduam Gerdesiam, MDCCXXVI [1726].
Adoption Amount: $3,160   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This is an extremely rare catalogue of a private natural-history collection in the early 18th century, not held by any other library in North America. Abraham Vater (1684-1751) was a German physician and professor of medicine and anatomy at the University of Wittenberg. In that connection he also studied botany and pharmacology and published a catalog of plants in the University's botanical garden. Following immediately on that he published the catalog of his own private collection of natural-history specimens, primarily plants and seeds, but also plant products like resins and gums, as... Read More

Christian Themes in Indian Art

By Anand Amaladass. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 2012.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Although only about two percent of the population of India is Christian, it is common to find both Christian and non-Christian Indian artists who have used Christian themes in their art. The beginnings of Christianity in India are not well known but tradition has it that the apostle Thomas founded a number of churches in Kerala in 52 AD. Vasco da Gama (1469-1524), the Portuguese explorer, landed in Calicut in 1498 and by 1542 the Roman Catholic missionary Francis Xavier (1506-1552) had reached Goa. These contacts with the west brought examples of European art into the Indian... Read More

Chrysanthemum Culture for America

By James Morton. New York: Rural Publishing Company, 1891.
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Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

In the 19th century America, as the middle class grew, more people had time to garden for pleasure. That’s when books on flower gardening became popular. Chrysanthemum culture for America: a book about chrysanthemums, their history, classification, and care (1891), written by James Morton, was one of earliest American publications on the history and care of chrysanthemums. At the time, the famous horticulturist Liberty Hyde Bailey considered it the best book “written by an American” on the flower. The name “chrysanthemum” comes from the Greek words, “chrysos” or gold and “... Read More
Codex Cortesianus

Codex Cortesianus

Paris: Maisonneuve et cie., 1883.
Adoption Amount: $2,250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Leon de Rosny, a French ethnologist of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, wrote this volume describing a Native Central American object in the collection of a Spanish museum. In the 1860’s, two fragments of ancient Mayan language surfaced in Spain. Leon de Rosny was one of the first scholars to suggest that both fragments, the Cortesianus Codex described in this volume, and the Troano Codex, were part of the same monumental artifact, later known as the “Madrid Codex”. The Codex Cortesianus, which de Rosny describes in this volume, is the smaller piece. This 1883 publication... Read More

Codex Nuttall

Cambridge, Mass.: Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 1902.
Adoption Amount: $550   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

This 1902 facsimile is one of a small number of codices of native pictography from Mexico dating to pre-Hispanic times.  The original is a screenfold manuscript comprised of 47 leaves of deer skin now in the British Museum.  It uses a kind of picture writing to relate two narratives.  One side of the screenfold tells the history of important Mixtec centers.  The other side, starting at the opposite end, records the genealogy, marriages, and military and political accomplishments of the Mixtec ruler, Eight Deer.  Also included is one of the earliest portrayals of the sacred drink ... Read More

Color Problems: A Practical Manual

By Emily Noyes Vanderpoel. New York, : Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902.
Adoption Amount: $475   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Emily Noyes Vanderpoel was a painter who worked in watercolors and oils, and thus her understanding knowledge of color theory lends a generous hand to the text of this book. Intended to be consumed by designers, decorators, lithographers, and artists, this manual on color theory addresses the basic principles of color theory, color problems, and color harmonies. This first edition has 117 vivid color plates allow the reader to fully understand the concepts and harmonies addressed in the text of the book. The true highlight of this book, however, is the existence of the original color... Read More

Coming Together

By Harriette Cole and John Pinderhughes. New York, N.Y: Jump at the Sun, 2003.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library and Archives

This book discusses numerous traditions of African American families, including Kwanzaa, Christmas, naming ceremonies, and family reunions. The book also shares traditional recipes and tips for how the reader can document their own family events. By taking a deeper look into these unique and timeless celebrations, Cole and Pinderhughes allow their curious readers a peek into how important celebrations like these are in African American families, and the essential role they play in keeping families “dynamic, powerful, and close-knit.” Read More
Commentatio II.  De Zoolitho-dendroidis in genre et in specie de Schwartzburgico-Sondershusianis curiosissimus ac formosissimus...

Commentatio II. De Zoolitho-dendroidis in genre et in specie de Schwartzburgico-Sondershusianis curiosissimus ac formosissimus...

By Albrecht Ritter. Sondershusae: [s.n.], MDCCXXXVI [1736].
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Albrecht Ritter (1684-1748) was in instructor at the royal Stiftscollegium at Ilefeld, Germany. Although relatively little is know about him, he was an early proponent of taking students into the field and learning from direct observation of and experience with the natural world. A member of the Leopoldinian Academy, he wrote several short works on fossils and "formed stones," as fossils were conceived of in the period. This book is on fossil dendrites and alabaster from the Schwartzburg/Sonderhausen region of Germany, and is cited in Emanuel Mendes de Costa's Natural history of fossils (... Read More

Compliments of Standard Rice Company, Inc., millers of rice since 1902

Houston, Tex.: The Firm, [193-?].
Adoption Amount: $350   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

This promotional recipe booklet is a striking adverstisment for White House Cereals.  Most likely published in the late 1930's, the front cover is fashioned as a 3-D commercial food carton while the back cover displays their full product line.  Bright yellow and die-cut, this booklet was intended as an eye-catching calling card.  Die-cutting dates back to the Victorian era when industrial machines could mass-produce and print the same attractive shapes over and over again, like the celebrated Victorian-era Valentines.  The recipes within "contributed by both domestice science experts... Read More

Constructions

By Alfred Newman Beadle. Tempe, Ariz: Gallery of Design, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Arizona State University, 1993.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

Constructions: buildings in Arizona is the accompanying catalogue to the one and only exhibition of Alfred Newman Beadle V’s architectural work, mounted by Arizona State University in 1993. Interestingly, due to persistent demand, Gnosis, Ltd. has published a second edition, generously illustrated with 31 black-and-white photos and 25 drawings that includes a new foreword by ASU Professor Emeritus and architectural historian Bernard Michael Boyle. The Cooper Hewitt edition is the original catalogue. Beginning his architectural career in 1951, Alfred Newman Beadle V (1927-... Read More

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