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Adopted Books
Cover of Mnuchin Gallery's Reds

Reds

By Clayton Press. New York: Mnuchin Gallery, 2018.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Group exhibition organizing principles vary widely, from social themes to particular media, but perhaps the most striking driving force behind a collection of works is color. Reds, the catalog from a recent Mnuchin Gallery exhibition centered on the sanguine shade, amalgamates powerhouse names of modern art—Koons, Calder, Gorky, Basquiat, and Twombly, to name a few—in a delicate cardinal velvet binding, it’s as restrained as its colors are bold. The curators take a thoughtful approach to this gathering of masters. This volume astonishes both in the complexity of the objects’...
The opening pages of the introduction to Aye and Gomorrah by Samuel Delany

Dangerous Visions

By Harlan Ellison. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1967.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

Dangerous Visions, a collection of transgressive speculative short fiction edited by Harlan Ellison, is not just one of the most awarded genre shorts volumes of all time with three Hugo nominations (two of them winners), a pair of Nebulas, and a special citation from the World Science Fiction Convention. It also marks the beginning of a famously quixotic series. Ellison collected dozens of stories from famous writers to continue the series, yet many of those stories went unpublished, and their authors went unpaid. But perhaps the most significant contribution of Dangerous...
Cover of Musterbuch der Zink-Ornamenten-Fabrik & Metalldrückerei

Musterbuch der Zink-Ornamenten-Fabrik & Metalldruckerei

By Ernst Hahner. Dresden: Kunstdruckerei 'Union' Herzog ..., , [between 1866 and 1899?].
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library

This beautifully illustrated trade catalog, whose title translates to "Sample Book of Zinc Ornament Factory & Metal Stamping," consists of hundreds images of zinc or white bronze prefabricated architectural elements and artifacts created and marketed by the Ernst Hahner Company of Dresden, Germany in the 1870s. Beginning in the 1830s, manufacturers employed zinc casting to make decorative objects that could be readily molded, mass produced, and painted with rust inhabiting paints in colors imitating more expensive metals. Included in this catalog are a wide variety of designs for...
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...
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...
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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...
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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...

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