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Warped binding and fore edge of De Piscibus

Vlyssis Aldrovandi

By Ulisse Aldrovandi. Bononiae: apud Bellagambam, 1613.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Italian polymath Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605) has been called the father of natural history by such giants in the field as Carl Linnaeus and the Comte de Buffon. A true Renaissance man, he studied law, philosophy, and medicine before being named the University of Bologna’s first Chair of Natural Science in 1561. He founded the University’s botanical garden— one of the first of its kind in Europe— several years later, and included space for his natural history collection, which included animal specimens, minerals, plants, and man-made artifacts. Aldrovandi’s collection was considered to be...
Spine of Lecons de Mineralogie showing Smithsonian Bequest inscription

Lecons de Mineralogie, T. 2

By Jean-Claude de La Metherie. Paris: Mme. Ve. Courcier, 1812.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

The library of James Smithson (1765-1829), whose bequest founded the Smithsonian Institution, is deceivingly humble in appearance. A number of the books in his collection remain in their original paper wrappers, such as his copy of Jean-Claude de La Métherie’s two-volume Leçons de Mineralogie, published in 1812. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Smithson elected not to have many of his books bound in sturdier leather bindings, instead retaining the temporary wrapper bindings in which books were sold at the time. Rather than being overly concerned with the aesthetic of his...
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The British Post Office from Its Beginnings

By Chapman Frederick Dendy Marshall. London: H. Milford, Oxford University Press, 1926.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Postal Museum Library

The author of this masterpiece, British lawyer Chapman Frederick Dendy Marshall (1872 – 1945) was a railway historian. He was also a philatelist. At age 56, he was awarded the coveted Crawford Medal by the Royal Philatelic Society of London for this exact publication. The Crawford Medal is awarded by the Society for the most valuable contribution to philately published in book form. The medal is named after the 26th Earl of Crawford, a philatelic bibliophile. Mr. Marshall was a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Institution of Locomotive Engineers.
The boards have completely separated from the bookblock of Werner's Nomenclature

Werner's Nomenclature of Colours

By Abraham Gottlob Werner. Edinburgh: Printed for William Blackwood, Edinburgh and T. Cadell, London, 1821.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Patrick Syme was an artist in Scotland who saw the need for standard names of the colors called for in drawing manuals depicting flowers, animals, and scenes in nature. Through a network of colleagues he came across Abraham Werner’s chart listing colors of minerals and decided to use it as a basis for displaying and naming colors along with recipes for producing them from artists’ pigments. This copy of the second edition belonged to Robert Ridgway, a curator of birds at the Smithsonian from 1880 to 1929. As a taxonomist describing newly discovered species, Ridgway was intensely interested...
Latin American Street Food, cover

Latin American Street Food

By Sandra A. Gutierrez. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2013.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

This cookbook (a textbook published by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) features beautiful, color, glossy, life-sized photos on every other page. Each food photograph glistens and drips with food juices, and you can almost see the steam rising off the pages of the book. Just as stated in the subtitle, this book contains recipes for the food you might find in "markets, [on] beaches, and [at] roadside stands" in Central America, the Caribbean, and in South America. These recipes are not only delicious to look at, but give the reader a deeper look into everyday life in Latin...
Opening of Lecons de Mineralogie showing notes by James Smithson

Lecons de Mineralogie, T. 1

By Jean-Claude de La Metherie. Paris: Mme. Ve. Courcier, 1812.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

The library of James Smithson (1765-1829), whose bequest founded the Smithsonian Institution, is deceivingly humble in appearance. A number of the books in his collection remain in their original paper wrappers, such as his copy of Jean-Claude de La Métherie’s two-volume Leçons de Mineralogie, published in 1812. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Smithson elected not to have many of his books bound in sturdier leather bindings, instead retaining the temporary wrapper bindings in which books were sold at the time. Rather than being overly concerned with the aesthetic of his...
vol11

Deutscher Post-Almanach, V. 11-12

By Görges, Wilhelm. Braunschweig: druck von F. Otto, 1852-1853.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Postal Museum Library

This is a series of four palm sized books written in German. Each begins with a portrait of the King of Wurttemberg, whose kingdom predates the German Empire. (The Kingdom of Württemberg existed from the end of the Napoleonic Wars, in 1805, to the end of World War I, in 1918.) The volumes we have in our library span ten years from 1843-1853. This was during the reign of William I, who took the throne at age 35 and reigned for 47 years. Each title in this series translates, “German post almanac for the year…” The author of these books (who lived from 1813-94) was a German post office worker...
Liber quadripartiti Ptolemei id e[st] quattuor tractatuu[m] :

Liber Quadripartiti Ptolemei

By Ptolemy. Impressum in Uenetijs: Per Erhardum Ratdolt de Augusta, die 15 mensis Ianuarij 1484.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

Considered one of the most important surviving Greek texts on astrology, this text by Ptolemy (2nd c. AD) describes a universe constantly influencing the earthly events taking place at its center. Commonly called Tetrabiblios, or four-part book, the theory discussed in this text was the key to our universe for millennia before being displaced by the Copernican heliocentric theory. This incunabula, published during the infancy of print in 1484, was printed by Ernst Ratdolt, a printer celebrated for the beauty and precision of his publications. Printed in both red and black ink with...
Cover of Sakura - Japanese Cherry

Sakura, Japanese Cherry

By Manabu Miyoshi. Tokyo: Maruzen, 1935.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

"Sakura" is the Japanese word for cherry blossoms, which symbolize the ephemeral nature of life and are loved for their spring floral beauty. This small book, part of a series of illustrated pocket-sized books, was published by the Japanese Board of Tourist Industry (Japanese Government Railways, 1934-1942) at a time when not many books published in Japan were written in English. They were written specifically to introduce the English speaking Western culture to Japanese culture and promote tourism. Sakura, No. 3 gives the origin and history of sakura, the different cultivars found...
Correspondence index :

Chicago World's Fair Correspondence Index

By J. G. Pangborn. Baltimore: 1893.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

The World’s Columbian Exposition was a grand celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the New World in 1492. Held in Chicago in 1893, it featured the latest innovations from around the world including the first ever Ferris Wheel, built by George Washington Gale Ferris himself. This manuscript is the correspondence index of Joseph Gladding Pangborn, a former Civil War soldier who became chairman of the exposition’s World’s Transportation Commission. Responsible for creating the transportation section of the exposition, Pangborn and photographer William Henry...

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