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Amethyst Uruguay

By Reinhard Balzer. Munchen: Christian Weise Verlag, 2008.
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This full-color, beautifully illustrated book focuses on the amethysts of Catalan country in Uruguay. In both English and German, Amethyst Uruguay details the past 200 years of the mining of these precious purple stones, and of the people and cultures involved in those operations. It also includes fascinating analysis of the geology and mineralogy of the amethyst. The highlight, of course, is a generous series of richly colored photographs of these beautiful gems. Author Reinhard Balzer collects and studies gems and minerals, with a particular interest in amethysts. Read More
An Account of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the Republic of Mexico

An Account of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the Republic of Mexico

By Jose de Garay. London: J.D. Smith and Co, 1846.
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

In the decade before the American Civil War, the United States was preoccupied by efforts for interoceanic communication. The Isthmus of Tehuantepec represented the shortest distance between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean and, prior to the opening of the Panama Canal, was a major shipping route. It was during negotiations to end the Mexican war of 1846-48 that the United States began discussing ways in which the route could be accessed or purchased. Nicolas P. Trist, in charge of the negotiations for the US, offered to pay thirty instead of fifteen million dollars... Read More
Andean Folk Knitting Front Cover

Andean Folk Knitting

By Cynthia Gravelle LeCount. Saint Paul, MN : Dos Tejedoras Fiber Arts Publications, 1990.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Vine Deloria, Jr. Library, National Museum of the American Indian

Andean Folk Knitting fills a gap in research and literature on pre-Hispanic-based knitting traditions in Bolivia and Peru. The author provides fascinating insight into the rich history and tradition of knitted clothes in Andean culture, such as the ch’ullu, the knitted cap which signifies different aspects of the wearer’s identity. The ch’ullu isn’t the only traditional piece of knit clothing in the Andean cultures; the book details dozens more and describes the purpose of each piece, as well as its maker, wearer, and place of origin, whenever possible. It is notable that the... Read More
Animal parasites and human disease,

Animal Parasites and Human Disease

By Asa Crawford Chandler. New York: J. Wiley, 1922.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Museum Support Center Library

Warning: this book is not for the faint of heart! Did you know that during Napoleon’s campaign on Moscow, lice were responsible for more French deaths than the Russians? It’s true: lice are the sole transmission source for typhus, a deadly disease which claimed three times more lives than combat. First published in 1918, biologist Dr. Asa C. Chandler’s observation that “there is no part of the world so remote that the things which affect it may not also affect any other part” rings just as true a century later. Scientists worldwide are investigating the impact globalization... Read More
Benin antiquities

Antique Works of Art from Benin

By Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers. [London]: Printed Privately, 1900.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Warren M. Robbins Library, National Museum of African Art

In 1897, an unauthorized party of 250 British merchants and African soldiers disguised as porters approached the powerful city of Benin, located in what is now southern Nigeria, intending to overthrow its king and reestablish a once lucrative trade outpost. They were ambushed en route—only two men survived. In revenge, the British sent a punitive expedition to Benin, which destroyed the city.  The gorgeous objects presented in this book—evidence of a sophisticated culture at least five hundred years old—were stolen as war booty and taken back to Britain to be sold as exquisite... Read More
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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
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.
Adoption Amount: $1,315   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
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].
Adoption Amount: $9,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
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].
Adoption Amount: $4,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
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.
Adoption Amount: $4,000   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
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

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