Adopted Books

Adopted Books
Natural magick  by John Baptista Porta, a Neapolitane ; in twenty books .... Wherein are set forth all the riches and delights of the natural sciences

Natural magick by John Baptista Porta, a Neapolitane ; in twenty books .... Wherein are set forth all the riches and delights of the natural sciences

By Giambattista della Porta. London: Printed for Thomas Young, and Samuel Speed, and are to be sold at the three Pigeons, and at the Angel in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1658.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Porta's Natural magic was originally published in four "books" (=chapters) and later expanded to 20 chapters. The text is devoted to various experiments, distillation, transmutation of metals, artificial gems, etc. The 17th chapter on optics is the most important: it went through 18 editions in different languages prior 1600.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Anne Heanue . View Bookplate
Breve notizia di un viaggiatore sulle incrostazioni silicee termali d‘Italia,e specialmente di quelle dei Campi Flegrei nel Regno di Napoli. With: Breve catalogo di alcuni prodotti ritrovati nell‘ ultima eruzione del Vesuvio.

Breve notizia di un viaggiatore sulle incrostazioni silicee termali d‘Italia,e specialmente di quelle dei Campi Flegrei nel Regno di Napoli. With: Breve catalogo di alcuni prodotti ritrovati nell‘ ultima eruzione del Vesuvio.

[Rome?: s.n., 1795].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This small pamphlet in James Smithson's library is by his friend and fellow mineralogist, William Thomson, who gave it to him. Thomson had settled in Italy after university, and Smithson visited him there periodically during his travels. Held in the U.S. uniquely by SIL, it presents a brief report on the thermal siliceous encrustations at the Campo Flegrei near Naples and is followed by a catalog of the lavas, crystals, minerals, and other materials that Thomson collected from the spectacular eruption of Vesuvius in June 1794, a selection of which he sent to Smithson.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by A gift from Erika C. and William J. Nesbitt and Elizabeth R. Nesbitt . View Bookplate
Observations on the temple of Serapis at Pozzuoli near Naples.

Observations on the temple of Serapis at Pozzuoli near Naples.

By Charles Babbage. [London]: Privately printed, 1847.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

The book was written "with an attempt to explain the causes of the frequent elevation and depression of large portions of the Earth's surface in remote periods, and to prove that those causes continue in action at the present time." The volume also contains a supplement titled: Conjectures on the physical condition of the surface of the Moon.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Allan Stypeck . View Bookplate
Ioannis Poleni in gymnasio Patavino matheseos prof. ... Epistolarum mathematicarum fasciculus.

Ioannis Poleni in gymnasio Patavino matheseos prof. ... Epistolarum mathematicarum fasciculus.

By Giovanni Poleni. Patavii: Ex Typographia Seminarii, 1729.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Poleni as a young man showed brilliance in a wide variety of different subjects and it was clear that he was extraordinarily talented. His parents encouraged him to begin a judicial career but, after being introduced to mathematics and science by his father, it was clear that he had now found the subjects which gave him most satisfaction. His published works appeared also in these fields.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Mark Pankin In honor of Nicholas James Perdue on the Date of His Birth 9/13/2012. View Bookplate
Cefalogia fisonomica divisa in dieci deche: doue conforme à'documenti d'Aristotile, e d'altri folisofi naturali, con brevi discorsi, e diligent osservationi si esaminano le fisonomie...

Cefalogia fisonomica divisa in dieci deche: doue conforme à'documenti d'Aristotile, e d'altri folisofi naturali, con brevi discorsi, e diligent osservationi si esaminano le fisonomie...

By Cornelio Ghirardelli. In Bologna: Presso gli Heredi di Eua[n]gelista Dozza e Compagni, 1630.
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Ghirardelli, a Franciscan monk living in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, wrote on a number of subjects now considered pseudo-sciences, including astrology and physiognomy, the notion that a person's character is revealed in their physical (especially facial) appearance. The theory goes back to Aristotle and even earlier, and it was revived, with a shift of focus to the cranium, in the 19th century before being soundly dis-credited. This copy belonged to the eminent physical anthropologist Ales Hrdlicka, who worked here at the Smithsonian.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by John Hoyda . View Bookplate
Systema naturae; sistens regna tria naturae, in classes et ordines, genera et species redacta tabulisque aeneis illustrata... (7th ed.)

Systema naturae; sistens regna tria naturae, in classes et ordines, genera et species redacta tabulisque aeneis illustrata... (7th ed.)

By Carl von Linné. Lipsiae: Impensis Godofr. Kiesewetteri, 1748.
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

In his classic work Systema naturae (The system of nature) Carl von Linné (1707-1778), better known as Linnaeus, brought order out of chaos in the natural sciences of the 18th century by developing a system of scientific nomenclature that quickly became — and still remains — the international standard. For zoology the key text is the tenth edition published in 1758, but the history of the work's publication, and the comparison of the texts from the exceedingly rare first edition of 1735 (7 folio sheets) through the 13th edition (3 volumes in 8) edited by Gmelin, provides important...

Adopted on September 13, 2012 . View Bookplate
Elements

Elements

By Euclid.. Pisauri: Apud Camillum Francischinum, MDLXXII [1572].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Euclid's Elements is by far the most famous mathematical work of classical antiquity, and also has the distinction of being the world's oldest continuously used mathematical textbook. Little is known about the author, beyond the fact that he lived in Alexandria around 300 BCE. The main subjects of the work are geometry, proportions, and number theory.

Adopted on September 12, 2012 by Linda Blancato in honor of Charles R. Rothe, Master Bookbinder. View Bookplate
Illustrations of the nests and eggs of birds of Ohio

Illustrations of the nests and eggs of birds of Ohio

By Howard Jones. Circleville, Ohio, U.S.A: [s.n.], 1886.
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Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

This over-sized, two-volume book of hand-colored lithographs was the extraordinary achievement of a young woman and her family in Ohio in the 1880s. The accuracy and detail of the illustrations of birds' nests and eggs is un-precedented, and the text by her brother provides thorough field notes on the bird species, geographical distributions, and migration patterns. The book is the subject of Joy Kiser's America's other Audubon (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012) that reproduces all of the plates from the Smithsonian's copy.

Adopted on September 12, 2012 by Steve Jonnes, Chris Jonnes, Sara McDonald, & Heidi Syropoulos in honor of Nelson Jonnes. View Bookplate
Aschenbrödel (Cinderella)

Aschenbrödel (Cinderella)

Leipzig: Verlag Mediterranea, Wilhelm Krenn, [1943?].
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Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

Noted Italian stage designer, Mario Zampini in collaboration with illustrator Raimondo Centurione, developed this pop-up version of the popular fairy tale of Cinderella. The story is told in the six stage-like scenes as the flat book is unfolded into a 360 carousel third-dimensional form. Zampini, a designer of stage sets and scenery for puppet theaters, also created similarly dramatic carousels including Sleeping Beauty and Ali Baba.

Adopted on September 10, 2012 by Your friends at Spacesaver . View Bookplate

The cyclopaedia: or, Universal dictionary of arts and sciences and literature... First American edition.

By Abraham Rees. Philadelphia: Samuel F. Bradford, et al., [1806-1824].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Rescued by SIL staff on its way to a dumpster, this set of the American edition of Rees's classic encyclopedia, though incomplete (63 half-volumes [of 85?), survives in its printed-paper boards with paper spine labels, as it was originally issued. All of the title pages for the set are in one of the final three volumes that were meant to be taken apart so that the individual title pages could be matched with the appropriate volumes of text (and the printed boards thrown away) by the bookbinder. This set was never bound, and its 63 (of an estimated 85) half-volumes remain as they were...

Adopted on July 6, 2012 by James Mead . View Bookplate