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Title Page of Manuale di Varj Ornamenti Componenti la Serie de' Vasi Antichi

Manuale di Varj Ornamenti Componenti la Serie de' Vasi Antichi

By Carlo Antonini. In Roma: Nella Stamperia de Romanis, 1821.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

This early and only edition consists of an illustrated three volume study of Roman vessels drawn and engraved by Italian artist and editor Carlo Antonin (born circa 1740). Volume one features vessels in the Pio-Clementine and Chiaramonti Museum at the Vatican; volume 2 shows items in the Capitoline Museum and the galleries of Rome; and volume 3 has images of other antique “Rome district” vases. This book includes more than 195 full-page images illustrating variant forms and decoration on Roman vases and vessels. It is a remarkable visual resource for Neo-classical designers, as well as...
De gravitate corporum terrestrium...

De gravitate corporum terrestrium...

By Samuel Klingenstierna. Upsaliae: Literis Höjerianis, [1737].
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Graduate dissertation defended by A. A. Roman at the University of Uppsala discussing the effects of gravity upon terrestrial bodies. together with: Dissertatio gradualis de gravitate lunae . . . Samuel Klingenstierna, praeses. Gabriel Kolmodin, respondent. Holmiae: Literis Wernerianis, 1734. Dissertatio gradualis de gravitate aeris. . . Samuel Klingenstierna, praeses. Johann Kristiern Duraeus, respondent. Upsaliae, Literis Wernerianis, 1732. These three scarce dissertations, all relating to gravity, were presided over by Samuel Klingenstierna (1698 – 1765), a renowned Swedish...
Inside The Role of Scientific Societies in the 17th Century

The Role of Scientific Societies in the 17th Century

By Martha Ornstein. Chicago, Ill.: The University of Chicago Press, [1938].
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Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

In 1913 Martha Ornstein, a Barnard College and Columbia University graduate, published her pioneering doctoral thesis on the intersection of scientific advancement and the rise of scientific societies. Her work helped form what would become the "New History" movement of the 20th century, which helped broaden the study of history and allowed for more diverse and inclusive interpretations of it. This volume is a third edition of her thesis, published in 1938 and acquired by the Smithsonian in 1944. It offers a concise history of the rise and role of certain scientists, societies, journals,...
Cover of Christian Themes in Indian Art

Christian Themes in Indian Art

By Anand Amaladass. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 2012.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Although only about two percent of the population of India is Christian, it is common to find both Christian and non-Christian Indian artists who have used Christian themes in their art. The beginnings of Christianity in India are not well known but tradition has it that the apostle Thomas founded a number of churches in Kerala in 52 AD. Vasco da Gama (1469-1524), the Portuguese explorer, landed in Calicut in 1498 and by 1542 the Roman Catholic missionary Francis Xavier (1506-1552) had reached Goa. These contacts with the west brought examples of European art into the Indian subcontinent....
Damage to New Furniture from the Work Shop of Gustave Stickley

New Furniture from the Work Shop of Gustave Stickley

By Gustav Stickley. New York : Gustav Stickley, between 1901 and 1916?.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

This small format catalog is one of only 2 in existence; it was created by adhering, or “tipping in,”  previously printed photos of various types of furniture from celebrated cabinet maker Gustave Stickley’s workshop in Syracuse, NY. The front cover has "No. 1" noted inside the floral decorative design. It’s dated from between 1901 and 1913 and represents both the Mission and Arts and Crafts style of the period. Advertisements for Stickley furniture in trade publications confirm the early dating of many of these pieces. Catalog numbers and dimensions of each piece are printed onto the pages...
Krazy Kat, by George Herriman

Krazy Kat

By George Herriman. New York: H. Holt and company, [1946].
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Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Krazy Kat was a well-known American comic strip which ran from 1913 to 1944, written by George Herriman. The premise, a carefree and quirky love triangle of sorts, nearly always put Krazy Kat in the line of fire of Ignatz the mouse, who often found himself at odds with the police dog, Offisa Pupp. The antics in the Krazy Kat comic were always set against a desert landscape, inspired by the vistas at the author's summer house in Arizona.  The Smithsonian Libraries copy is a 1946 first edition of the first publication of a compilation of Herriman's Krazy Kat strip...
"The Walk," Page 85 of Animals in Motion, showing photos of 'phases of the walk' of various animals

Animals in Motion

By Eadweard Muybridge. London: Chapman & Hall, 1902.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

Eadweard Muybridge (1830–1904), the creator of Animals in Motion, was an English photographer who pioneered photographic studies of motion and early works in motion-picture projection. His massive portfolio was the culmination of 15 years of work that contributed to developments in the science of biomechanics and athletics. Muybridge’s experiments developed new visual technologies that produced objective and accurate movements of humans and animals. Each movement is presented as a measurable phenomenon. His works are still referenced today by artists, animators, and students of...
La cavalerie françoise et italienne...

La Cavalerie Françoise et Italienne

By Pierre de La Noue. A Strasbourg: Chez Iac. de Heÿden ..., 1620.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

La cavalerie françoise et italienne...ou, L'art de bien dresser les chevaux, selon les preceptes des bonnes écoles des deux nations : tant pour le plaisir de la carriere, et des carozels que pour le service de la guerre by Pierre de la Noue. Strasbourg : Chez Iac. de Heÿden ..., 1620. Treatise on the training of cavalry horses from French and Italian Schools in the Cooper-Hewitt Library. This first edition of the rare La cavalerie françoise et italienne was the first of a projected quartet of works on horses and horsemanship by Pierre de La Noue. The work is notable for the sections which...
Cover of Alpenblumenmärchen

Alpenblumenmärchen

By Ernst Kreidolf. Erlenbach-Zurich: Rotapfelverlag, c1922.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

Alpine Flowers Tales (Alpenblumenmärchen) is a 1922 illustrated storybook that describes the woodland adventures of two acorn children who get swept away by the autumn winds. Author Ernst Kreidolf (1863-1956) was a Swiss painter largely known for his watercolor illustrations for children's books about flower fairies and small creatures in nature. The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library has a large collection of 19th century illustrated children's books in many languages. This is one of many originally given to the Cooper Union Museum Library by the Misses Hewitt, the sisters...
Ceiling Design in Original Designs in Architecture

Original Designs in Architecture

By William Thomas. London: Printed for the author, 1783.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

William Thomas (d.1800), an English architect known as “architect to his Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence,” created this rare, first, and only edition featuring the designs of some of his executed commissions, along with theoretical “ideal” designs in the Neoclassical style for villas, grottos, and temples. This important pattern book, whose designs were inspired by the great British proponent of the Neoclassical style, Robert Adam (1728-1792), includes 27 copper-plate illustrations of architectural ornament and their application in gardens and building interiors and exteriors. The book...

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