Adopted Books

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Life Processes

By William L. Staley. [New York City, The author, c1934]:
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

From the smallest cells to vast, swirling nebulae; from plumes of volcanic ash and rock to the relationships of primates, William L. Staley carefully details life on Earth as we know it.  He does so with the help of My Pal, a cartoon bacterium.  The result is a bit silly but informative and inviting.  Printed on coated paper and frequently dotted with illustrations, cartoons, and photographs (of special note is the fold-out photo of the skeleton from fish to man at the end).  This first edition copy is signed and dated by the author. 
The biology of freshwater wetlands- Cover photo

The Biology of Freshwater Wetlands

By Arnoud van der Valk. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

This book takes an illustrative scientific approach towards understanding how interwoven conditions such as hydrology, oxygen levels, and plant canopies impact the types of species that can be found in freshwater wetlands. These ‘abiotic’ factors contribute to the overall development and adaptation of microorganisms, invertebrates, vertebrates, and plants in wetlands. Even with the scientific approach, The Biology of Freshwater Wetlands is easy to read for researchers, students, and others interested in ecology. The various illustrations help ensure quick learning for any reader.
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The Curious History of the Bulb Vase

By Patricia Coccoris. Birmingham: Cortex Design, 2012.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

Did you know that several types of plant bulbs, such as hyacinth, tulips, crocus, daffodils, amaryllis, snowdrops, and irises, can grow and bloom successfully in just water and provide a beautiful display in your home? The equipment invented to do that is the bulb vase. This book’s unusual subject (it’s the only book on bulb vases in the Botany and Horticulture Library!) details the history of these vases from the 1700s through their prominence during the Victorian Era and into present day. Photographs of various bulb vases are shown and described, so this book is valuable to the collector as...
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Raume und Menschen

By Aug Trueb. Stuttgart: W. Hadecke, 1923.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

The Cooper Hewitt Library has a large collection of books on interior design of many countries, eras, and styles. This book discusses the important and influential Art Deco period. It features furnishings, including wallpaper samples, for many different living and working spaces. Extremely bold colors and styles demonstrate great imagination in promoting modern design. August Trueb, German architect and graphic designer, was active in Stuttgart in the 1920’s and 30’s.  He was first trained as an architect but later turned to interior decoration, then advertising art. In his career he produced...
Frontispiece and title page of the "Skillful housewife's book"

The Skillful Housewife's Book

By L. G. Abell. New York: R.T. Young, 1853.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

This book was designed to guide and educate women about how to run what was then her main domain: the home. Discussing politeness and temper, bathing and exercise, simple house cures for ailments, how to preserve eggs and how to make “Splendid Johnny Cake,” this elegant small volume gives advice about everything and anything that exists and happens around a fashionable house. There are instructions even about how to remove grease from books!
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De Pipere Cubeba [Cubebs]

By Carl Peter Thunberg. Upsaliæ: excudebant Palmblad & c., [1827].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Cubeb, native to Java and Sumatra, is cultivated for its berries and oil and has been used for centuries in herbal medicine and as a flavoring – similar to allspice or pepper – in gin, chewing gum, and various other products. Mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman texts, as well as in the Arabian “One thousand and one nights” and the travels of Marco Polo, the species is the focus of this university dissertation written by Professor Carl Peter Thunberg. In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, professors wrote the dissertations; the student’s job was to explicate and defend it and pay for its...
Sekai isshū nikki (世界一周日記)

Sekai Isshu Nikki

By Michi Nomura. Tokyo: 1908.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Michi Nomura was a Japanese Christian activist, writer, and the wife of Yōzō Nomura, a well-known Meiji Yokohama art dealer. Among Yōzō Nomura’s clients was Charles Lang Freer, the founder of the Freer Gallery of Art. Michi Nomura and her husband traveled to America in 1908 as part of a round-the-world publicity tour organized by the Asahi Newspaper. When Freer heard that Michi Nomura was interested in visiting his home and art collection in Detroit, he postponed his own trip to Egypt in order to meet her. She wrote about her visit in her journal recalling endless art and referring to the...
The First Golden Age of Rocketry, cover

The First Golden Age of Rocketry

By Frank H. Winter. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

Written by former National Air and Space Museum curator for rocketry Frank Winter, this Smithsonian publication is considered to be the first comprehensive history of the use of rockets as artillery in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Englishmen William Congreve and William Hale developed and refined the rocket as a piece of technology. Gunpowder rockets have been used in a variety of military and non-military applications, including life-saving (rescues at sea), whaling, and torpedoes.
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In and Out of Central America

By Frank Vincent. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1896.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

This book came to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library from the now defunct Panama Canal Zone Library, one of the most important libraries in Panama during the Canal Zone era. In this travel guide for Central America from 1890, Frank Vincent, a wealthy traveler, describes the route and recommendations for traveling from New York City, New York to San Francisco, California. He travels through the Isthmus of Central America via ship and railroad. He describes what he sees, stopping on the major ports in Central America and visiting their capital cities, meeting with high...
Numerical ecology

Numerical Ecology

By Pierre Legendre and Louis Legendre. Amsterdam; New York: Elsevier, 1998.
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Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

This title was first published in French in 1979, and it remains a classic text in the field of Ecology. It is written for practicing ecologists and is one of the top three most popular titles borrowed by users of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library. It covers riveting (o.k…maybe not, but quite helpful and important to ecologists!) topics such as “Complex ecological data sets,” “Ecological data series,” and “Spatial analysis.”