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George and Gilbert, the Living Sculptors, London: Catalogue for Their 1973 Australian Visit

London: Art for All, 1973.

Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore met at art students in London in 1967 and since then they have been partners both in life and in art. The presented themselves as "living sculptures" - they made themselves into sculpture and presented themselves as Gilbert and George. One of their earliest renown works was The Singing Sculpture (1969) where they covered their exposed skin in metallic colors, stood on a table, and sang along and robotically moved to a recording of the song "Underneath the Arches." By the early 1970s the were creating drawings (called "Charcoal on Paper Sculptures") and "photo-pieces" documenting their lives as living sculptors. This early catalog documents both their performances, drawings, and photographs. As they state in the catalog "We are only human sculptors in that we get up every day, walking sometimes, reading rarely, eating often, thinking always, smoking moderately, enjoying enjoyment, looking, relaxing to see, loving nightly, finding amusement ..." The two continue to produce art together to this day.

Marriage: its history and ceremonies: with a phrenological and physiological exposition of the functions and qualifications for happy marriages.

By L.N. Fowler. New-York: Fowlers & Wells ... and by Booksellers generally, 1847.

A mid-nineteenth century illustrated book about the functions and qualifications for happy marriages. The at the time very popular pseudo-science, phrenology constitutes the foundation of the discussion. Phrenology drew connections between the shape of the human skull and personality traits. These methods are in varied ways used in this work which also focuses on psychological approaches to describing happy or unhappy marriages. Call no. HQ734 .F69 1847 SCDIRB

The language of botany: Being a dictionary of the terms made use of in that science, principally by Linnaeus….  

by Thomas Martyn.  London: B. and J. White, 1793.

Thomas Martyn was Regius Professor of Botany at Cambridge University and an early adopter of Linnaean classification and nomenclature, which he promulgated in his public lectures.  In this work, based on a paper given to the Linnean Society in 1789, he defines hundreds of Linnaean terms and clarifies conceptual aspects of the Linnaean system, which is the foundation for the work of modern researchers at the NMNH.  

Forget-me-not, or, The philipena.

By Mrs. Lunt. Lowell [Mass.]: Nathaniel L. Dayton, 1847.

A compilation of love poems published in a miniature volume still in its original beautifully decorated red binding. The gilt floral motifs and gilt edges make this piece an attractive example of mid-nineteenth-century book binding. The text of the book is also carefully printed: the type setting and the ornamental decoration are both pleasing to the eye. The content must have been very close to the heart of the creator of this volume. Call no. AY11 .L96 1847 SCDIRB.

Catalogue des mammifères et des oiseaux observés en Algérie. 

by Victor Loche.  Paris, [1858].

This small work supplements the official reports of the Exploration Scientifique de l’Algérie (see separate listings).  The official birds and mammals volumes of the Expedition by Commandant Victor Loche (1806-1863), an active collector in northern Africa during and after the Expedition, were the last issued and were preceded by this work in which Loche first described and named several new species.  For that reason this catalog is an important adjunct to the expedition reports.  It is quite rare, being held by only seven libraries in the U.S. 
Q.F.F.Q.S. Dissertatio gradualis, De gravitate corporum terrestrium, quam, consensu ampliss. facult. philosoph. in Reg. Academ. Upsal. sub praesidio... Dn. Samuelis Klingenstierna...; publico examini modeste subjicit, Arvidus Arvidi Roman, Nericius, in Audit. Carol. Min. ad d. 17 Junii, anni MDCCXXXVII. horis ante meridiem consuetis.
Samuel Klingenstierna, praeses. Arvidus Arvidi Roman, respondent.
Upsaliae: Literis Höjerianis, 1737.
Graduate dissertation defended by A. A. Roman at the University of Uppsala discussing the effects of gravity upon terrestrial bodies.
[together with:]
Dissertatio gradualis de gravitate lunae . . .
Samuel Klingenstierna, praeses. Gabriel Kolmodin, respondent.
Holmiae: Literis Wernerianis, 1734.
Dissertatio gradualis de gravitate aeris. . .
Samuel Klingenstierna, praeses. Johann Kristiern Duraeus, respondent.
Upsaliae, Literis Wernerianis, 1732.
These three scarce dissertations, all relating to gravity, were presided over by the noted scientist Samuel Klingenstierna.
By Amos Eaton. Albany; New York; Troy, 1832

Amos Eaton was an educator and skilled amateur scientist best remembered for bringing hands-on applied science to the American educational curriculum. In 1824, he co-founded the Rensselaer School in New York, an institution dedicated to “the application of science to the common purposes of life,” with Stephen van Rensselaer III. He lectured widely, training teachers, including many women, and was an advocate for women’s involvement in higher education, an unconventional idea at the time. He wrote textbooks on several scientific subjects for use in schools, working to give these subjects, previously the occupation of a learned few, a broader reach. His Geological Text-book helped introduce geology, a relatively new and exciting subject in the 1830’s, to a new generation of American scientists. This copy is inscribed by the author to Isaac Lea, a prominent conchologist (a scientist who studies mollusk shells) who was, like Eaton, known for his geological studies.

Amount: $500.00

by Charles Dana Gibson. New York: R. H. Russell, 1900.

Charles Gibson (1867-1944) is one of the best known illustrators of the Gilded Age primarily due to his creation, the Gibson Girl. As an illustrator he became talented in depicting relationships between men and women and submitted illustrations to such magazines as Harper's Weekly, Life, and Harper's Monthly. In 1890 he introduced a modernized beautiful female character with upswept hair, fashionable clothes, and imbued with independence and glamor. The Gibson Girl attained nationwide celebrity and had songs and plays written about her. Even today, her name is still easily recognized. Wasting Time is one of several book filled that were published at the turn of the century with illustrations featuring the Gibson Girl. The Smithsonian Libraries has over a dozen of them - however this book is especially special in that it is a limited edition signed both by the publisher as well as by Charles Gibson himself.
Le Grand Dépot (Paris, France) Porcelaines, faiences & cristaux ... [Paris : s.n.], 1889. A rare trade catalogue from the Paris firm of Le Grand Depot, who manufactured porcelains, faiences ceramics and glassware. It contains with color illustrations of a variety of tablewares in many popular patterns.

San Francisco: Pacific Novelty Co., 1915.

The Panama–Pacific International Exposition was held in San Francisco, between February 20 and December 4 in 1915. Its ostensible purpose was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, but it was widely seen in the city as an opportunity to showcase its recovery from the 1906 earthquake. The fair was constructed on a 635 acre (2.6 km2) site in San Francisco, along the northern shore now known as the Marina District.

Among the exhibits at the Exposition was the C. P. Huntington, the first steam locomotive purchased by Southern Pacific Railroad. A telephone line was established to New York so people across the continent could hear the Pacific Ocean. The Liberty Bell traveled by train on a nationwide tour from Pennsylvania to attend the exposition. The 1915 American Grand Prize and Vanderbilt Cup auto races were held on a 3.84-mile circuit set up around the Exposition grounds. The Smithsonian Institution also had a display at the Exposition.

The Souvenir View Book contains numerous black and white photographs of the San Francisco World’s Fair.

Matrimonial ladder: or Such things are, drawn by M. E. Esq.

London: Thos. McLean, 1825.

A wonderfully illustrated and “wise” little volume about the ups and downs of marriage. Both the text, which was written in verse, and the illustrations were etched on metal plates, printed, and then hand-colored. The content is summarized on the title page and it may well speak to those being tried by love: “So they ripe, and ripe! / And rot, and rot! / And hereby hangs a tail!! / ‘Tis true, ‘tis pity / And pity ‘tis, ‘tis true!!!”. Call no. PN6110.M27 M43 SCDIRB

Livres de malacologie et de conchyliologie formant partie de la bibliotheque de Mr. J. G. Hidalgo. 

by J. G. Hidalgo.  Madrid: s. n., 1888.

One of the very few malacologists in Spain in the 19th century, Joaquín González Hidalgo y Rodríguez (1839-1923) served as the Professor of Malacology at the University of Madrid, specializing in the mollusks of the Iberian Peninsula, the Balearic Islands, and the Philippines.  SIL holds a half-dozen of his major works.  He built a fine shell collection and research library, which were eventually deposited in the Museo National de Ciencias Naturales in Madrid, but neither is readily accessible.  Thus it will be of interest to researchers at NMNH to be able to consult this bibliography, which identifies the books he owned and used in his work.  Extremely scarce, this work is held by only one other library in the U.S. and by two universities in Madrid.


Commentatio II.  De Zoolitho-dendroidis in genre et in specie de Schwartzburgico-Sondershusianis curiosissimus ac formosissimus...
by Albrecht Ritter.  Sonderhausen: [s.n.], 1736.
Albrecht Ritter (1684-1748) was in instructor at the royal Stiftscollegium at Ilefeld, Germany.  Although relatively little is know about him, he was an early proponent of taking students into the field and learning from direct observation of and experience with the natural world.  A member of the Leopoldinian Academy, he wrote several short works on fossils and "formed stones," as fossils were conceived of in the period.  This book is on fossil dendrites and alabaster from the Schwartzburg/Sonderhausen region of Germany, and is cited in Emanuel Mendes de Costa's Natural history of fossils (London, 1757).  This work is quite rare, held by only one library in the U.S., the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. 

Histoire naturelle et médicale des casses, et particulièrement de la casse et des sénés employés en médecine.  

by Frédéric Colladon [& Augustin-Pyramus de Candolle].  Montpellier: Jean Martel, 1816.

This is a thesis presented for a medical degree at the University of Montpelier by Louis Théodore Frédéric Colladon, a student of the renowned botanist Augustin-Pyramus de Candolle.  As was common in European universities at the time, it was de Candolle who wrote the detailed descriptions and classifications of plants in the genus Cassia, including numerous new species, based on his own herbarium and unpublished manuscripts. The student’s role that of explicating and defending the thesis.
Exploration scientifique de l’Algérie. Géologie et minérologie:  Géologie de l’Algérie.

M.E. Renou.  Paris, 1848.  

Conceived and directed by the naturalist Bory de Saint Vincent, one of the first modern, systematic biological surveys of northern Africa was undertaken by the French government in the early 1840s and resulted in a multi-volume series of scientific publications under the title of the Exploration Scientifique de l’Algérie.  SIL’s holdings of the set were incomplete.  This folio volume on the geology and mineralogy of Algeria includes five double-sized lithographed maps (two hand-colored).  

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