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Fujisan

By Yusuke Ono. Kyōto: Seigensha, 2016.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library has nearly 2,000 movable and pop-up books, made from a variety of paper construction forms and mechanisms that control the movement of the action on the pages. One type of movable book form is a carousel book. A carousel looks like an ordinary flat two-dimensional book, but when opened, it unfolds into a 360-degree circle when stood upright, becoming a three dimensional object that can be viewed from all angles. A recent addition to our collection is the 2016 Fujisan / / Ōno Yūsuke = Mount Fuji book by Yusuke Oono. It is one of many 360-degree ...
Heirlooms in Miniatures, cover.

Heirlooms in Miniatures

By Anne Hollingsworth Wharton. Philadelphia, : J.B. Lippincott Company, 1898.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

Published in 1898, "Heirlooms in Miniatures" features reproductions of illustrations of the “best examples of colonial, revolutionary, and modern miniature painters." Attempting to document the lives and work of the preeminent American artists of the time, it features notes from the author of incorrectly marked portraits and fun facts that add a taste of personality to the informative biographies of the artists and subjects. This edition‘s mustard-yellow cover is ornately decorated with gold borders and designs of palm trees, bows, and rose bouquets to surround and emphasize the centered book...
Book Cover Illustration

Voyage dans la Lune

By Cyrano de Bergerac. Paris: Les Editions de l'Equipe, 1946.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

The Other World: Comical History of the States and Empires of the Moon was the first of three satirical novels written by Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655) and published in 1657. It is considered one of the earliest published science fiction stories.  Arthur C. Clarke credited the book with the first description of rocket-powered space flight, and with the invention of the ramjet. This 1946 volume is a limited reprint of only 395 copies. The bookplate just inside the book cover confirms that it was once owned by Frederick I. Ordway III, (1927-2014) an educator, consultant,...
Title page

Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Around the World

By Charles Darwin. London: John Murray, 1845.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

This rare second edition of Journal of researches... is the final definitive text of Darwin's "first literary child," revised to reflect his developing ideas on evolution. It chronicles his historic five-year voyage on the Beagle to Brazil, Argentina, Tierra del Fuego, Chile, Peru, the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Australia, and other countries and islands along the way. This journey was the most important event in Darwin's intellectual life. The appearance of this record was a turning point in the history of biological science and marked the beginnings of a whole new...
Title page of A monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia

A Monograph on the Sub-Class Cirripedia

By Charles Darwin. London: Ray Society, 1851-1854.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Museum Support Center Library

Volume One of A Monograph of the sub-class Cirripedia, with figures of all the species was written by Charles Darwin in 1851 to cover the Lepadidæ, or pedunculated cirripedes. Lepadidæ are a family of goose barnacles described by Darwin. His study of barnacles, both living and in fossils, helped him understand how the species diversity developed over time, which was an important factor in his writing On the Origin of Species.
Ibo landing

The Legacy of Ibo Landing

Atlanta, GA: Clarity Press, c1998.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

Legend has it that in 1803, at St. Simons Island, Georgia, a group of 75 Igbo warriors from what is now Nigeria committed mass suicide by drowning rather than begin life in America as slaves. They survived the Middle Passage only to walk willingly into the sea wearing chains. A private land dispute prevents a memorial from being built at the site where this happened. This book was edited by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Nation. This book features beautiful color paintings of Gullah life and history.
Two black and white whale illustrations from Kumano

Kii Kumano Taiji-ura Hogei-shi

By Kumano Taiji-ura Hogei-shi Hensan I'inkai. Wakayama-ken Higashimuro-gun: Taji Suisan Senshū Gakkō, 1932.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

In Japan, hunting with hand-thrown harpoons is thought to have begun around 1200 C.E. Organized open-boat whaling began in the 1570s, and by the early 1600s a fishery was established in Taiji based on a group-hunting system. This book documents the history of the methods, equipment, and targets of these centuries of activity, primarily right whales, humpbacks, and gray and fin whales. The 48 graceful illustrations in the book depict the whales themselves along with the whaling boats and equipment used over the centuries. The book is printed on double leaves folded at the fore-edge and stab-...
A Nomenclature of Colors for Naturalists

A Nomenclature of Colors for Naturalists

By Robert Ridgway. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1886.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Robert Ridgway, the first full-time curator of birds at the Smithsonian (1880-1929), described and named many new species of birds during his long career. In this work he was very conscious of the difficulty of describing colors for identifying birds, as well as visualizing the color terms used in other ornithologists’ descriptions. He published two books to standardize the vocabulary of colors for naturalists, and they are widely used to this day. This copy of his first color book was inscribed by Ridgway to George BrownGoode, an ichthyologist and the Smithsonian’s Assistant Secretary in...
Cover, Official Art Exhibition of the Palace of Fine Arts, Balboa Park.

Official Art Exhibition of the Palace of Fine Arts, Balboa Park.

By California Pacific International Exposition. San Diego: 1936.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: American Art and Portrait Gallery Library

The 1935 California Pacific International Exposition opened with great optimism, seen as an antidote to the difficulties of the Great Depression, as one of the first projects funded by the new Works Progress Administration (WPA). The San Diego World's Fair's Illustrated Catalogue in the Smithsonian Libraries collection shows a large Fine Arts Gallery dedicated to exhibiting art, displaying international works of the Old Masters, paintings and sculpture of European modernists, treasures of the Far East, significant American artists, and it even included a Children's Room...
Cover of Garden of a Commuter's wife

The Garden of a Commuter's Wife

By Mabel (Osgood) Wright. New York: The Macmillan company;London, Macmillan & co., ltd, 1901.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

In this novel, the titular "Gardener” is the book’s author, Mrs. Mabel Osgood Wright, and “The Commuter” is based on her husband, James Osborne Wright. The dedication reads “This Book belongs to the Commuter.” The story is filled with people who love family and nature, and the black-and-white photos invite the viewer into this genteel world. The Gardener is inspired to make her husband’s home a place of beauty and serenity. Mabel Osgood Wright (American, 1859-1934) was a remarkable and accomplished woman. She was a prolific author of fiction, non-fiction, educational children’s literature,...

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