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Picasso's inscription to Joe [Hirshhorn], signature, date, and doodle of a face

Picasso; Forty Years of His Art

Build and Access the Collection – $4,500
Joseph H. Hirshhorn, founding donor of the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, was an avid collector and supporter of Pablo Picasso. The two became friends after being introduced by photographer Edward Steichen. The Hirshhorn Library’s copy of the exhibition catalog...Read More
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Picturesque Panama

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Described by its author as a “modest” guide for the short term visitor to Panama, this small delightful book offers a description and brief historical account of Panama, its railroad and Canal, with archival photos and an illustrated fold out map. Writing in a conversational tone embellished with...Read More
Cover of Pig Tails, showing traditional Caribbean produce.

Pig Tails 'n Breadfruit

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This book is roughly the size of your hand, but bubbling over with delicious recipes. Although there are no illustrations, the author uses words to paint a picture of mouth watering dishes from Barbados (British Caribbean island). In seventeen chapters and over 200 pages, the...Read More
Robert Campbell, Jamaican explorer in Nigeria

A Pilgrimage to My Motherland

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In the 1850s, life was hard for free black Americans, and many were considering emigration to Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, or Africa. Debate was fierce. In 1854, the National Emigration Convention, held in Cleveland, Ohio, began to consider the African option proposed by Harvard...Read More
The Plate Glass Book; partially legible inscription from the book’s initial owner, dated 1864.

The Plate-Glass-Book

Preserve for the Future – $750
Published in 1758, this rare work consists of numerous tables providing pricing and manufacturing techniques on a wide range of goods. In the first part, there is extensive information on the production of plate glass and mirrors, including instructions on grinding and polishing glass, re-purposing...Read More
Podrovnoe opisanīe parovoĭ  mashiny - ustroennoĭ  v velikobritanii izobtashatalemsh...

Podrovnoe Opisanīe Parovoĭ Mashiny

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An early Russian technical book describing an atmospheric steam engine for pumping water. The title indicates that it is based upon the one devised by the Englishman T. Savery. Thomas Savery (1650?-1715), the English military engineer, patented the first commercially successful atmospheric steam...Read More
Title Page of Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral

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This 1773 collection of poems was the only edition of Phillis Wheatley's work printed in her lifetime. Wheatley was first brought to the United States at age 7 or 8 to be sold into slavery. She was purchased by John Wheatley of Boston and taught to read and write. Having been tutored in the...Read More
Photograph of drawing of radiolarians


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Priscilla Susan Bury (1799-1872), who published under her married name, is most famous for her work A Selection of Hexandrian Plants. Although she is well-known in the world of the botany of living plants, her work on polycystins is relatively obscure despite its importance. Concerned with fossil...Read More
Porcelain of Hung-Hsien

The Porcelain of Hung-Hsien

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In 1913, Yuan Shih-k’ai (Yuan Shikai, 1859-1916) became the first president of the Republic of China after he helped Sun Yan-sen overthrow the last Qing emperor in 1911. In 1915, Yuan proclaimed himself the Hung-Hsien (Hongxian) Emperor but ruled for only 83 days before being forced to back...Read More
Dinner plate patterns from Le Grand Depot

Porcelaines, Faiences & Cristaux

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A rare trade catalogue from the Paris firm of Le Grand Dépot, a manufacturer of porcelains, faience ceramics, and glassware, contains images and sale information for a variety of tablewares in many popular patterns. The catalogue, complete with more than 100 pages of illustrated designs, is a...Read More