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Catalogue d'une tres-belle collection des objets de troise regnes de la nature...

Catalogue d'une tres-belle collection des objets de troise regnes de la nature...

[Frankfurt am Main?: s.n.], 1777.
Adoption Amount: $5,500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This is the auction catalogue of one of the most impressive private collections of natural-history specimens ever formed. Pasquay (1719-77) was a physician in Frankfurt and privy councilor of Anhalt-Dessau; he formed the collection over many years, assembling more than 9000 specimens of minerals, shells, plants, woods, and animals, as well as 100 scientific instruments. Private collections like Pasquay's were crucial to taxonomic and systematic research in the centuries before university collections and national museums became the large and welcoming resources that they are today.... Read More
Catalogue de la collection archéologique provenant des fouilles et explorations

Catalogue de la collection archéologique provenant des fouilles et explorations

By Désiré Charnay. Paris: J. Tremblay, 1883.
Adoption Amount: $2,750   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This rare catalogue of an exhibition in Paris in 1883, "held by only six libraries in the U.S.," provides descriptions and brief historical explanations of 102 antiquities from Mexico and the Yucatan that famed French archaeologist Désiré Charnay acquired during an expedition of 1880-1882, including plans of newly discovered Toltec palaces, Aztec statues and funeral urns, and bas-reliefs found in Yucatan villages. It relates directly to studies on pre-historic Meso-American artifacts (including the so-called "crystal skulls") by anthropologists at the Smithsonian and is of particular... Read More
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
Cover of Ceramica Industrial "El Aguila, S.A."

Ceramica Industrial "El Aguila, S.A."

By S.A." Ceramica Industrial "El Aguila. México, D.F. : Ceramica Industrial "El Aguila, S.A", , [1941].
Adoption Amount: $450   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

This catalog is from the Mexican “Eagle Industrial Ceramic Co.” With beautiful full-color chromolithographic illustrations of the tiles, it demonstrates the various uses of their designs for fountains, seating, open spaces, and other decorative design applications, as well as samples of individual tile patterns. Presented are classic Arabesque, Moorish, and Mediterranean majolica tile designs, brought to Mexico by the Spanish in the 16th century. The forward and introduction discuss the ancient tradition of tiles- describing them as “the combination of bricks and glass…the tiles of old... Read More
Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market, page spread with photographs

Chinese Armorial Porcelain for the Dutch Market

By Jochem Kroes. Den Haag: Centraal Bureau voor Genealogie, 2007.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

This is a catalog of Chinese porcelain decorated with Dutch family coats of arms, the arms of Dutch provinces and cities, and monograms. These items were made-to-order for members of the Dutch patrician class. This catalog illustrates and analyzes 455 of the approximately 500 Dutch armorial porcelain services known to exist. It is meant to be used as a reference book, and it includes not only detailed descriptions of the services, but also information about the families who commissioned and acquired this armorial porcelain. It is an important historical work examining Chinese export... Read More
Cleaning and preservation of coins and medals, cover

Cleaning and Preservation of Coins and Medals

By Gerhard Welter. New York: S. J. Durst, c1976.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Museum Support Center Library

Published in 1976, Gerhard Welter’s (1907-1989) Cleaning and Preservation of Coins and Medals provides insight on the best practices for maintaining and protecting coins against erosion, rust, and decay. In addition to providing instructions, the book also features illustrations of apparatuses used for cleaning coins made from different metals. Welter's work as a numismatist specializing in the study of coins of old noble families in Europe was not his primary career, however. He made his living as a businessman for an office machine company in Germany. 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 Nutall title page

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... Read More
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Collecting Arizona

Denver: Lithographie, 2012.
Adoption Amount: $500   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Released for Arizona’s Centennial Year in 2012, this book celebrates the state, the beauty of its minerals, and the heritage of its miners and collectors. Breathtaking color photographs enhance the tale of a state with an exceptional bounty of minerals – silver, gold, azurite, malachite, turquoise, amethyst, and many more. The copper mines are some of the most productive in the world; there is an impressive list of minerals that were first discovered within Arizona. The book provides helpful geography and geology to put the minerals into their natural context, but its main focus is on... 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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