Adopted Books

Adopted Books
Encyclopédie - t.5

Encyclopédie - t.5

A Paris: Chez Briasson ... David ... Le Breton ... Durand ..., 1762-1772.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

The Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, par une Société de Gens de lettres was published under the direction of Diderot and d'Alembert, with 17 volumes of text and 11 volumes of plates between 1751 and 1772. Containing 74,000 articles written by more than 130 contributors, the Encyclopédie was a massive reference work for the arts and sciences, as well as a machine de guerre which served to propagate the ideas of the French Enlightenment. The impact of the Encyclopédie was enormous. Through its attempt to classify learning and to open all domains of...

Adopted on October 18, 2017 by Linda Hohneke Hall and Sherwood Hall, Ph.D. in honor of David C. Garcelon, PLS . View Bookplate
Damage to the binding of Curiosities of Ale & Beer

The Curiosities of Ale & Beer

By John Bickerdyke. London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1889.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

In the words of the author himself, this tome is responsible for "the bringing to light of many curious facts, so far as I am aware, never before noticed" about the role of ale and beer in the history of mankind. Starting in ancient Egypt, Bickerdyke traces the evolution of beer and brewing up through the late 1800s. Along the way, he illuminates nearly every facet of beer’s colorful saga -- ancient recipes, hops and malt, beer laws and regulations, drinking customs, beer songs and ballads, "ale-wives," inns and taverns, porter and stout, ancient drinking vessels, brewers of old London, and...

Adopted on October 12, 2017 by David & Pat Jernigan . View Bookplate
Cover of Extinction


By Paul R. Ehrlich. New York: Random House, 1981.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

Biologist Paul Ehrlich and director for the Center of Conservation Biology at Stanford University Anne Ehrlich dedicate this book, “To Homo sapiens, which through the extinction of others endangers itself;” an appropriate summary.  This husband and wife duo have spent decades warning about the dangers of overpopulation, and in Extinction they focus on the affect it can have on species’ populations, the environment, and, ultimately, humanity itself.  It is a straight-forward, compelling narrative that dissects why we should save even the lowliest of species, how we have...

Adopted on October 5, 2017 by Jim Neal in honor of Virginia and Erin Neal. View Bookplate
Cover of Julius Rosenwald

Julius Rosenwald

By Peter Max Ascoli. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, c2006.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Postal Museum Library

Julius Rosenwald (1862–1932) was a businessman, billionaire and philanthropist. His net worth was $80M at death (equaling about $1.4B today).  He was half owner of Sears--he saved the company during the infamous financial panic of 1893--and he donated millions to educating African Americans in the South in the 1920s. He also donated to the Tuskegee Institute. In this biography, Mr. Ascoli paints a portrait of Julius Rosenwald, aka, "JR." This book, which was signed by the author, has 450 pages and features black and white photographs. It is part of the Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies...

Adopted on October 4, 2017 by Jacqueline Vossler . View Bookplate
Tea ceremony bowls

Cha no bi doto [Beauty of tea and its masters]

Tokyo : Mainichi Shinbunsha, Heisei 3 [1991].
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Cha no bi dōtō : Rikyū, Enshū, Yūsai  (茶の美道統 : 利休・遠州・幽斎 [Beauty of tea and its masters]) is an important work for scholars interested in the Japanese tea ceremony. This book shows a number of famous 16th century tea ceremony utensils and tea houses favored by the tea ceremony founder, Sen no Rikyū (千利休) and two of his followers, Kobori Enshū (小堀遠州) and Hosakawa Yūsai (細川幽斎).  These utensils are seen as reflections of the philosophy and spirit of the tea ceremony established by Rikyū. Along with room decorations, utensils are considered part of the ceremony and play an important...

Adopted on October 3, 2017 by Richard T. Rapp and Wilma J. Rapp . View Bookplate

Wendingen: Vol.8: No.2 (1927)

Santpoort [etc.]: C. A. Mees [etc.],
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

This issue of the Dutch periodical Wendingen, dating from 1927, is devoted to interiors and furniture designed by Dutch architects C.J. Blaauw, W.M. Dudok, Piet Kramer, S. van Ravestyn, Schröof and G. Reitveld, A.F. Van der Wey and H. Wouda.  This issue is an important contemporary publication that chronicles architecture and furniture of the key participants of the Dutch artistic De Stijl (The Style) movement that was founded in Amsterdam in 1917.  The movement advocated pure abstraction reducing all design to basic form, simple vertical and horizontal compositions, and the use of primary...

Adopted on October 1, 2017 by Diane VanderBeke Mager . View Bookplate
Title page of Bones in the Basement

Bones in the Basement

Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1997.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: John Wesley Powell Library of Anthropology

The authors use the discovery of discarded 19th-century cadavers at the Medical College of Georgia to examine the use of African American bodies as a medical education tool. The book looks at the cultural implications of these practices as well as the resulting medical knowledge. This research brings added dimension to physical anthropology discoveries and historical medical findings.

Adopted on September 26, 2017 by Rebecca and Eric Gordon . View Bookplate
Title page of Azores

Azores: A Natural Portrait

By Pedro Cardoso.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

The Azores, an archipelago of volcanic islands west of Portugal, undoubtedly possesses one of the most unique and ever-changing environments on the planet.  Within these lush and vibrant islands lie flora and fauna never seen before.  In fact, it is not unusual to discover new species on the islands. Unfortunately, these islands are also fragile, and centuries of settlement, deforestation, and the introduction of invasive species have begun wiping out entire species.  In an effort to notify the world of both the Azores’ beauty and the threat facing them, Curator of the Finnish Museum of...

Adopted on September 25, 2017 by Linda S. Blancato in honor of Eloise B. Rothe, a proud descendant of the Azores.. View Bookplate
Cover of Ailey Spirit

Ailey Spirit

By Robert Tracy. New York: Stewart, Tabori & Chang, c2004.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of African American History & Culture Library and Archives

Ailey Spirit is a reflection of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s amazing journey as it has progressed from “a small group of young, African-American dancers traveling the country in a station wagon, to what we now respect as one of the best modern dance companies in the world.”  Photographs from an array of renowned dance photographers bring to life the performances and artistic creations of every decade and allow us to preview the company’s latest work. The insightful text, written by the late Robert Tracy, a successful dance writer, was developed from unpublished interviews...

Adopted on September 22, 2017 by Shirley Loo in honor of Vera D. Fenwick, Joyce M. Green, Ngozi P. Onye, Cynthia E. Smith, Bethel L. Roots, and Cynthia L. Edler.. View Bookplate
The Rose Book

The Rose Book

By H. H. Thomas. London and New York: Cassell and Company, Limited, 1916, 1913.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

This elegantly illustrated book has eight direct color photographs and 64 half tone plates depicting roses and rose gardens. The author, Harry Higgott Thomas (1876-1956), started out with a career in banking but switched his focus and went to study at Kew Gardens and became one of the best known names in garden writing. The< color photographs are by Henry Essenhigh Corke who combined his botany knowledge with the family photography business to become a pioneering photographer of plants. While beautifully illustrated, this book is full of practical advice from suggesting which are good...

Adopted on September 16, 2017 by Jacqueline Vossler and Wesley Protsman in honor of Larry and Mary Blust’s wonderful 50 years together.. View Bookplate