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Studies on the crabs of Japan

Studies on the Crabs of Japan

By Tsune Sakai. Tokyo: 1936-1939.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Museum Support Center Library

The original “Mr. Crab” (“Kani-san” in Japanese), Tune Sakai was a pioneer in the research and description of the crustacea of Japan. When he began his research in 1932 at the University of Tokyo, there were no monographs on Japanese brachycura and only a smattering of research published in scientific journals. Studies on the crabs of Japan is Dr. Sakai’s magnum opus. Spanning five volumes, he describes 655 species, 255 genera, and 25 families, establishing a foundational knowledge of Japanese Decopoda Crustacea. Beyond the unprecedented amounts of information, Studies on the...
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Zoo in Camera

By Jan Styczynski. London: Murrays Sales and Service, 1963.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

This collection of photographs highlights a very introspective, sensitive aspect to the inner lives of animals. Jan Styczynski provides these gorgeous black and white photographs of animals taken in various Polish zoos during the early 20th century. The animal portraits express a depth of emotion and personality usually reserved for people in photography. Jan Zabinski provides the introduction and animal descriptions throughout the book. Zabinski was a Polish zoologist, the director of the Warsaw Zoo, and a Polish resistance fighter during WWII.  He and his wife sheltered hundreds of Jewish...
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Cassell's House Decoration

By Paul N. Hasluck. London: Cassell and Company, limited, 1910.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Museum Support Center Library

Published in 1910 by popular British periodical, Cassell’s Magazine, and edited by DIY pioneer Paul N. Hasluck, Cassell’s House Decoration is the ultimate guide to the gentle art of painting and decorating. Written by experts contributing to Cassell’s Magazine, it is comprehensive enough for a seasoned tradesman, yet accessible to the novice decorator. Nine full-color plates, reminiscent of stately Downton Abbey, serve as examples for decorating various rooms in an Edwardian-era home. In addition to the color illustrations, the book contains hundreds of...
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Chesapeake Prehistory

By Richard J. Dent. New York: Plenum Press, c1995.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

Illustrated with black-and-white photos, maps, and explanatory charts, Chesapeake Prehistory intersperses scholarship with the author’s lively commentary and personal observations. The book includes recent archeological advances, discoveries, and interpretations into the existing lore of the Chesapeake Bay. The known data on the prehistory of the Chesapeake region is vast, and this book attempts to incorporate it all, while emphasizing the importance of continued research and analysis.  Some of that “continued research and analysis” is being conducted at the Smithsonian...
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Buson Gashu

By Mutō Sanji . Tokyo : Shinbi Shoin, 1922.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Library

Yosa Buson (与謝蕪村, 1716 – December 25, 1784), is considered one of the best poets of Japan’s Edo period. He was also a painter. The Freer Gallery of Art owns four of his paintings, as well as an illustrated printed book of his poetry. The poetry book is part of the Pulverer Collection, acquired by the Freer in 2007 and considered one of the best collections of Japanese illustrated printed books outside Japan. This book of black and white reproductions of twenty-five Buson paintings--some in private collections, some whose location is now unknown--is an important resource for scholars...
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The Wilderness Hunter

By Theodore Roosevelt. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons , [c1893].
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

It is no secret that Theodore Roosevelt was an enthusiastic hunter. Here is a quote from the preface of this book, written by Roosevelt himself: “In hunting, the finding and killing of the game is after all but a part of the whole. The free, self-reliant, adventurous life, with its rugged and stalwart democracy; the wild surroundings, the grand beauty of the scenery, the chance to study the ways and habits of the woodland creatures—all these unite to give to the career of the wilderness hunter its peculiar charm. The chase is among the best of all national pastimes; it cultivates that...
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World Atlas of Mangroves

By Mark Spalding. London : Earthscan, 2010.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Library

This is a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated reference book on the remarkable and ecologically important mangrove forests: “colonizers of the intertidal zone: trees and shrubs that have edged into the sea.”  With color photos and maps, and explanatory charts, the authors cover all aspects of mangroves, including their biology, ecosystems, relationship with civilization, and country-by-country distribution. The future prospects of these forests is of particular interest, as human and environmental forces threaten their natural environment. The 73 mangrove species found across 123...
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The Lonely Land

By Sigurd F. Olson. New York: Knopf, 1961.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: National Museum of Natural History Library

One of the most pristine and wild areas of North America is the Canadian Northwest. It is over 400,000 square miles with less than 50,000 inhabitants, and due to its northerly location and weather, has been largely untouched by man. Author and environmentalist Sigurd F. Olson had long been fascinated by this area and the Europeans who explored it centuries ago – so much so that he decided to emulate their 500-mile canoe journey. This book documents that breath-taking, often dangerous attempt and is written in a style reminiscent of Jack London with lovely, sparse illustrations on each chapter...
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On the Origin of Species

By Charles Darwin. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1860.
Adoption Type: Preserve for the Future
Library: Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History

Darwin’s book documenting his theory of evolution by natural selection was first published in London in November 1859. Contradicting established religious concepts about the creation and permanence of species, it was wildly controversial and quickly sold out edition after edition. Within a year, publisher Appleton & Co. in New York had brought out not just the first American editions of the original text but also this new one “revised and augmented by the author.” This copy of the revised edition was donated by Darwin scholar Dr. Sandra Herbert, who has published extensively on the...
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We Were There at the Driving of the Golden Spike

By David Shepherd. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications Inc., 2013.
Adoption Type: Build the Collection
Library: Anacostia Community Museum Library

This 180-page book is written for older children. The book tracks the adventures of an Irish American family, the Cullens, who were caught up in a competition between two railroad companies vying for government funding in the 1860s. Union Pacific was laying track westward from Omaha, Nebraska, while Central Pacific was laying track eastward from Sacramento, California. This work of historical fiction for young readers includes authentic details from the period.

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