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"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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Colour in My Garden

By Louise Beebe Wilder; iIlustrated in color by Anna Winegar. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page, 1918.
Adoption Amount: $600   Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

This charming and lovely limited first edition (number 748 of 1500 numbered copies) is considered a classic in the field. Louise Beebe Wilder, an important figure in American gardening history, was greatly influenced by renowned British gardener Gertrude Jekyll. Wilder’s description of plants and her designs and artistry are still relevant to today's gardeners. Wilder writes about the seasons during one year in her garden at Balderbrae in Pomona, New York, which she and her husband purchased in 1910. The book is illustrated throughout with color plates painted by Anna Winegar, the... Read More
Cover of Coming together: celebrations for African American families

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

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].
Adoption Amount: $650   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
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
Common plants of the mid-Atlantic coast

Common Plants of the Mid-Atlantic Coast

By Gene M. Silberhorn; illustrations by Mary Warinner and Kent Forrest. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

With detailed and beautifully rendered illustrations opposite the description of each plant species, this synoptic book describes the fauna of a unique habitat, the mid-Atlantic coast—from Long Island to the capes of North Carolina. Plants are categorized into sections: (1) Beach, Dunes, and Maritime Forest, (2) Salt and Brackish Marshes, and (3) Freshwater Wetlands, Tidal and Nontidal (Including Forested Wetlands). The write-ups are all subdivided into growth habit and diagnostic characteristics, distribution, habitat, ecological value/benefits, and wetland indicator status. The... 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... Read More
Contemplatio philosophica

Contemplatio philosophica

By Brook Taylor. London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co., Shakespeare Printing-Office, 1793.
Adoption Amount: $1,850   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
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
Cooking the Gullah Way

Cooking the Gullah Way

By Sallie Ann Robinson. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, c2007.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
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
Iznik Tiles and Ceramics in the Sadberk Hanim Museum and Omer M. Koc Collections

Dance of Fire

By Hulya Bilgi. Istanbul: Vehbi Koc Foundation and Sadberk Hanim Museum, 2009.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
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... Read More
Cover of the book Dandy Lion showing a man in a vivid abstract suit sitting on a box covered in a checkerboard pattern

Dandy Lion

By Shantrelle P. Lewis. New York, NY: Aperture, 2017.
Adoption Amount: $250   Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library

Shantrelle Lewis is a curator and researcher specializing in African diaspora style aesthetics. Her book Dandy Lion: the Black Dandy and Street Style is a follow-up to a highly acclaimed traveling exhibition by the same name curated by Lewis. Black dandyism has its roots in the Enlightenment period of England’s slave culture, thriving for generations across black cultures around the globe. Black men with an affinity for polished fashion and bold colors, whether new or vintage, have gained popular attention in recent years, influencing mainstream fashion. Dandy Lion celebrates... Read More

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