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Book cover of Chrysandtheumum Culture for America

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.
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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
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Codex Nuttall

Cambridge, Mass.: Peabody Museum of American Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, 1902.
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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" cover

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
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Coming Together

By Harriette Cole and John Pinderhughes. New York, N.Y: Jump at the Sun, 2003.
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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
Cover of Compliments of Standard Rice Company, Inc., millers of rice since 1902

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
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

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

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

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