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Contemplatio philosophica

Contemplatio philosophica

By Brook Taylor. London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co., Shakespeare Printing-Office, 1793.
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

First edition of this posthumous work, printed for private circulation by Brook Taylor's grandson, Sir William Young (d. 1815), in 100 limited copies. It is prefaced by the life of the author. This original work is the major source of Taylor's biographical data as well as the only edition of his philosophical book. Taylor, English mathematician, is best known for the mathematical concept of the "Taylor series" and contributions to the theory of finite differences. Taylor was elected a fellow of the Royal Society early in 1712, and in the same year sat on the committee for adjudicating the... Read More

Controversy and Hope

By James H. Karales. Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, 2013.
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Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library and Archives

Controversy and Hope is an immersion into not only the 54-mile Voting Rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, but also a view into a range of civil rights events from 1960 to 1965. Photojournalist James Karales was also an acquaintance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and had exclusive access to him and the events that took place surrounding the 1965 demonstrations against racist segregation and repression that had disenfranchised many African Americans. The 93 plates in this book, some of which share personal insights into the life of Dr. King, grant a view into the... Read More

Cooking the Gullah Way

By Sallie Ann Robinson. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, c2007.
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Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

Mrs. Sallie Ann Robinson is the Gullah Diva chef. Raised in South Carolina Gullah country on an island only accessible by boat, she is used to eating what can easily be farmed, hunted, or caught. At about one hundred fifty pages, this cookbook is divided into three sections: morning, noon, and night. They correspond with breakfast recipes, lunch recipes, and supper recipes. The beginning of the book has black and white photos of Gullah life. The Gullah are descendants of slaves in the Lowcountry regions of the United States, specifically South Carolina and Georgia. At the end are about... Read More

Cote Occidentale d'Afrique

By H. Frey. Paris: C. Marpon et E. Flammarion, 1890.
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Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

The year is 1890.  The French public was curious to know more about the new colonies that the ‘Scramble for Africa’ allotted to France.  Colonel Henri-Nicholas Frey compiled this geography to describe in vivid detail the people, places and things on the coastal regions of West Africa from southern Morocco to the Congo.  Frey draws on his own military experience in West Africa, but mainly he assembled writings of explorers, missionaries, and travelers.  Over 300 illustrations, based on photographs, watercolors, and drawings culled from many sources, make this a fascinating page-turner.... Read More

Dance of Fire

By Hulya Bilgi. Istanbul: Vehbi Koc Foundation and Sadberk Hanim Museum, 2009.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Tiles and ceramics produced in Iznik between the 15th and 17th centuries represent a significant artistic achievement for Turkey. Tiles were frequently used as decoration in Turkish Seljuk period (1071-1243 AD) architecture for important public buildings. Beginning with the Ottomans in the 15th century, there was increasing demand for tiles, which were used to decorate the mosques and palaces of their new capital of Istanbul. This led to the establishment of a center for ceramic production in Iznik. At the height of Iznik tile production there were as many as 300 workshops in the town... Read More

Dark Companion

By Bradley Robinson. New York: K. M. McBride, 1947.
Adoption Amount: $300   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Dark Companion chronicles the polar expedition of African American explorer, Matthew Henson. Born in 1866, four years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, Henson went on to triumph as one of the first men to “stand on top of the world." On April 6, 1909 Henson, along with Robert Peary, co-discovered the North Pole. Hundreds had previously attempted, and failed, to reach the elusive polar ice cap. Peary declared that the success of their expedition would not have been possible without the expertise and intelligence of his companion, the man the Eskimos fondly referred... Read More
De gravitate corporum terrestrium...

De gravitate corporum terrestrium...

By Samuel Klingenstierna. Upsaliae: Literis Höjerianis, [1737].
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Graduate dissertation defended by A. A. Roman at the University of Uppsala discussing the effects of gravity upon terrestrial bodies. together with: Dissertatio gradualis de gravitate lunae . . . Samuel Klingenstierna, praeses. Gabriel Kolmodin, respondent. Holmiae: Literis Wernerianis, 1734. Dissertatio gradualis de gravitate aeris. . . Samuel Klingenstierna, praeses. Johann Kristiern Duraeus, respondent. Upsaliae, Literis Wernerianis, 1732. These three scarce dissertations, all relating to gravity, were presided over by Samuel Klingenstierna (1698 – 1765), a renowned Swedish... Read More
De infinitis infinitorum, et infinite parvorum ordinibus disquisitio geometrica

De infinitis infinitorum, et infinite parvorum ordinibus disquisitio geometrica

By Guido Grandi. Pisis: Ex typographia Francisci Bindi ..., 1710.
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Bound with: Grandi, Guido. Prostasis ad exceptiones Cl. Varignonii libro de infinitis infinitorum ordinibus oppositas... Pisis : Ex typographia Francisci Bindi..., 1713. Grandi, Guido. Dialoghi del p.m. Grandi Camaldolese teologo, e matematico dell'Altezza Reale di Toscana... In Lucca : Ad istanza di Francesco Maria Gaddi librajo in Pisa, 1712. A fine copy of this important collection of mathematical treatises by Grandi (1671-1742), professor of mathematics of Pisa. Included is his first general study of the cubic curve known as the "versiera" or "witch of Agnesi", which... Read More
De natura et veritate methodi fluxionum...

De natura et veritate methodi fluxionum...

By Samuel Klingenstierna. Upsaliae: Typis Laur. M. Höjer ..., [1752].
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

A scarce copy of Daniel Melander's (1726-1810) dissertation on the rival claims and speculations that led to a concrete understanding of the nature and beauty of calculus. Melander was a student at Uppsala and later became lecturer in physics and professor of astronomy. In 1782 he moved to Stockholm, where he became one of the leading scientists in Sweden, with a major worldwide correspondence. Read More

De Paris a Samarkand

By Marie de Ujfalvy-Bourdon. Paris: Hachette, 1880.
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Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

A travelogue written of Marie de Ujfalvy-Bourdon, De Paris à Samarkand, was published in 1880. Marie de Ujfalvy-Bourdon (1845- 19?? ) traveled with her husband, Károly Jenő Ujfalvy de Mezőkövesd (16 May 1842 – 31 January 1904) who was a noted ethnographic researcher and linguist of Central Asia and the Himalayas. In 1876 he was sent by the French Ministry of Public Education on a scientific expedition to the newly conquered regions of Russian Central Asia. Marie accompanied him on the journey, something that was extremely rare for a woman of that time to do. She recorded their travels.... Read More

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