Adopted Books

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Royal gardens

By Cyril Ward. London, New York: Longmans, Green, 1912.
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Library: Botany and Horticulture Library

Cyril Ward (1863-1935) was a landscape painter. Thirty-two of his water colors are reproduced in this book. Many of the paintings accompany information about the grounds or castle that Mr. Ward is featuring.   A review in the Bookman, Volume 43, December 1912, when the book was first published reads, "His [Mr. Ward] pages are rich in suggestions and information that the garden lover will find helpful." Some essays are written by the Head Gardener at the estates and these essays are filled with the different plants grown on the grounds. Those who delight in the British Royal history will...
The beautifully gilt full-leather binding of Soyer's book about eating and drinking in Antiquity

The pantropheon, or, History of food, and its preparation

By Alexis Soyer. London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., 1853.
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Library: Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology

The son of a grocer, appropriately enough, Alexis Soyer (1810-1858) became a famous chef, indeed perhaps the first-ever “celebrity chef.”  Apprenticed at a restaurant in Paris, he quickly rose in the profession to become the chef for several French and English aristocrats and subsequently cemented his reputation as the chef de cuisine at the Reform Club in London.  Impressively – considering his clientele – he took an active interest in providing soup kitchens for the poor during the Irish famine of 1847 and worked with the British Army in the Crimea to improve the provisioning of army...
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My Tropical Air Castle

By Frank M. Chapman. New York, London: D. Appleton and Company, 1929.
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Library: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Library

Frank M. Chapman was well known as an ornithologist, and as the Curator of Birds at the American Museum of Natural History. He studied wildlife throughout Tropical America, and prepared a report of the birds of Panama Canal Zone as early as 1918. My Tropical Air Castle is his account of staying in his casa mia on Barro Colorado Island (BCI) in the late 1920s, run by the Institute for Research in Tropical America. His personal accounts of living at the jungle’s edge parallels the early history of the beginning of what would become the Canal Zone Biological Area, and...
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The Violin

By George Hart. London: Dulau and Co. , 1875.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: National Museum of American History Library

Antonio Stradivari is one of the best-known luthiers, or stringed instrument makers, in history. The National Museum of American History is proud to have five Stradivarius instruments (two violins, two cellos, and one viola) in its collection. This 1875 book was written by George Hart, a London instrument maker who owned a Strad violin himself, which he named the “Dolphin” because its appearance and coloring reminded him of the sea creature. Hart gives detailed information about Italian, French, English, Dutch, and German luthiers – including both famous masters like Stradivari, Amati, and...
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From the Ground Up

By Jack Williams. Douglas, Ariz. : Phelps Dodge Corporation, 1981.
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Library: National Postal Museum Library

Arizona is known for its copper mines. This 30-paged booklet contains 15 fascinating stories about the origins of towns and mines in the state of Arizona, including Havasu mine, Vulture Mine, the Bisbee mines, Harquahala mine, and Orphan mine. Compiled by the 13th Governor of Arizona, John Richard Jack Williams, this book was edited when the Governor was 71. Governor Williams was asked to research these mining stories by the Phelps Dodge Corporation, which celebrated its centennial for Arizona mining in 1981. The company was acquired by another Phoenix company in 2007. Some of these mining...
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By Clayton Press. New York: Mnuchin Gallery, 2018.
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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 Space Child's Mother Goose

The Space Child's Mother Goose

By Frederick Winsor; illustrated by Marian Parry. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1958.
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Library: Smithsonian Libraries Research Annex

The Space child’s Mother Goose is a poetic feast for young and old. Frederick Winsor, a retired Boston architect and sci-fi lover, refashioned popular Mother Goose rhymes into futuristic verses using otherworldly technical terms. Be sure to check out the clever glossary that delightfully enlightens both the scientifically inclined and the silly minded. Marian Parry’s keenly detailed anthropomorphic bird-people illustrate Winsor’s narratives in an enchanting artistic style that intersects the simplicity of Saint-Exupréy’s The Little Prince, the humor of Gorey’s...
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Paris Vu en Ballon et ses Environs

By Andre Schelcher. Paris : Hachette & cie, 1909.
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Library: National Air and Space Museum Library

This 1909 publication is a photograph collection of aerial views of the city of Paris and other notable nearby sites, like Versailles. The photographers, A. Schelcher and A. Omer-Decugis, produced about thirty pictures using an oblique point of view and provide a different visual of monuments like the Eiffel Tower in a perpendicular photograph. These photos show the streets and boulevards of Paris captured at a time when aerial photography was in an experimental stage and the results helped alter human perceptions of the world.
The opening pages of the introduction to Aye and Gomorrah by Samuel Delany

Dangerous Visions

By Harlan Ellison. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1967.
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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...
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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...