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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.  

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.
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.

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).  

D.D. Disputatio, De natura et veritate methodi fluxionum, quam, consent. ampliss. facult. philos. in illustri Acad. Upsaliensi, praeside, ...Dn. Samuele Klingenstierna...; pro gradu publice ventilandam sistit Daniel Melander, Stockholmiensis, in Auditorio Carolino Majori, die XXV. Aprilis, A. MDCCLII. H.A.M.S.
Samuel Klingenstierna, praeses. Daniel Melanderhjelm, respondent.
Upsaliae: Typis Laur. M. Höjer..., [1752].
A scarce copy of Daniel Melander’s (1726-1810) dissertation on the rival claims and speculations that led to a concrete understanding of the nature and beauty of calculus.
By Stefano Marianini. Venezia: Dalla tip. di Alvisopoli, 1828.
Bound with:
- Marianini, Stefano. Memoria sopra la teoria chimica degli elettromotori voltiani. Venezia: Dalla tip. di Alvisopoli, 1830.
- Marianini, Stefano. Memorie di fisica sperimentale. Modena: R. Tip. camerale, 1838-1841.
- Marianini, Stefano. Metodo per ottenere i bassi-rilievi in rame: senza apposito elettromotore voltaico. Novara: Tip. Artaria e Comp., [1840]
Three works by Stefano Marianini, follower of Volta's work on electro-motors, and pfofessor of physics in Venice and then in Modena. 
By Martinus van Marum. [Haarlem?: s.n., 1819].
An early supporter of Lavoisier, Marum did important work in chemistry (discovering carbon-monoxide) and developed a new electricity machine with shellac disks passing through a mercury bath. This volume of his is illustrated with text diagrams and an impressive long folding mezzotint plate dramatically depicting an electrical discharge.
Georgii Trapezuntii In Claudii Ptolemaei centum aphorismos commentarius : eiusdem, De antisciis, in quorum rationem fata sua reijcit. Item ab eodem, Cur astrologorum iudicia plerumque fallant. Nunc primùm omnia in lucem êdita. Additus est dialogus Ioannis Pontani, in quo doctissimè disputatur, quatenus credendum sit astrologiae...
By George of Trebizond. Coloniae: Ioan. Gymnicus excudebat, Anno 1544.
A collection of notable works relating to astrology dealing with body condition, the soul, luck and accidents, and various medical topics all dealt with in terms of their relationship to the stars.
Amount: $750.00
A large dictionary English and Dutch, in two parts:  wherein each language is set forth in its proper form… .  4th edition, corrected and enlarged.

by William Sewel.  Amsterdam:  Jacob Ter Beek, 1749.      

The Cullman Library has been building a collection of foreign-language dictionaries from the same time periods as the books in our rare collections (16th-19th centuries), so that researchers can consult contemporary sources when reading and translating the books.  Latin, Dutch, German, French, and Spanish have been the top priorities, with Swedish, Portuguese, and Italian as a second tier.  For 18th-century Dutch we recently bought the 4th edition of Sewel’s English-Dutch dictionary (first published in 1691).  A recognized classic in its field, it also contains a grammar for both languages and other prefatory material and was still in print in the 19th century.

by Robert Indiana and Robert Creeley. Stuttgart: Domberger ; Düsseldorf: Galerie Schmela, 1968.

The catalog is a collaboration between the poet Robert Creeley (1926-2005) and the influential American pop artist Robert Indiana (1928- ) (best known for his Love graphic and sculpture). The book contains 10 screen-printed number designs by Indiana and 10 accompanying poems (one for each number) by Creeley printed in both English and German.
Beschreibung eines Ellipsograph:. . . . womit man wahre Ellipsen ohne Berechnung der Brennpunkte sehr leicht beschreiben kann, nebst etwas Neues für den Brücken- und Gewölben-Bau und den Steinschnitt.
By Georg Friedrich Parrot. Gotha: In der Ettingerschen Buchhandlung, 1794.
A superb monograph on the theory, construction and use of a mechanical drawing device to describe ellipses.
Handbuch fur Naturaliensammler oder grundliche Anweisung die Naturkorper aller drei Reiche zu sammeln,….  

by Theodor Thon.  Ilmenau: Bernh. Fried. Voight, 1827.

Held by only one other library in North America, this book is a guide to collecting and preserving natural-history specimens.  Thon (1792-1838) provides thorough and detailed instructions on the collecting, preparing, and stuffing of all manner of mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects, as well as plants, wood samples, and minerals.  The plates depict the various tools used and the procedures for preparing the specimens.  Adding to publications in these practical subjects written and/or acquired in the past by the Institution’s scientists, the Smithsonian Libraries have been actively building this specialized collection to form a comprehensive resource for the Institution’s museum staff.  Along with related works on directions for field-collectors, as well as taxidermy manuals, these books and pamphlets document the evolving techniques and standards for the collection, documentation, and preservation of museum specimens through the 18th and 19th centuries.  

By Eustachio Manfredi. Bononiae: Typis Constantini Pisarri..., 1724.
A very rare work of observational astronomy on the transit of Mercury witnessed by Manfredi From the Bologna observatory on November 9, 1723. First observed in 1677, only five transits had been previously recorded, and the planet’s highly eccentric orbit had yet to be charted.
by George Atwood. Cambridge: Printed by J. Archdeacon... for J. & J. Merrill, and J. Deighton... and T. Cadell..., 1784.
In this work Atwood essentially discusses Newtonian mechanics, including the description of Atwood’s machine. Atwood’s intriguing machine was designed to demonstrate the laws of uniformly accelerated motion due to gravity, and was constructed with pulleys. The volume is complete with eight attractive engraved plates.

Nvgvmouinvn gevnvngvmouat igiu anishinabeg anvmiajig. 

by Peter Jones.  Boston: Printed for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, by Crocker & Brewster, 1836. 

The Smithsonian Libraries has a premiere collection of published works on Native American languages, and since Christian missionaries were often the first to make extended contact with native cultures and to devise a written alphabet for the native languages, many of the earliest works take the form of translations of the Bible and other religious texts.  Peter Jones (1802-1856) was a mixed-blood chief of the Mississauga Ojibwas in Canada (in the Chippewa/Ojibwa linguistic family) and a Methodist missionary in Ontario. Bi-cultural and bi-lingual, he began publishing works on the Chippewa language in 1828 and produced a total of 14 titles, primarily translations of hymns and the books of the New Testament.  SIL holds seven of them. This 1836 book contains hymns first published in an earlier work of Jones’s but substitutes the orthography of a “Mr. Pickering” for Jones’s original spelling, providing useful information for comparing and deciphering the variant forms of the Chippewa language.
By Samuel Ward. Londini: Impensis A.M., 1637.
In this work, “Ward interprets the results of scientific experiments using the lodestone, or magnet, as similitudes and signs of divine characteristics and order. Thus, his spiritual conduct book represents a pre-Enlightenment representation of science and religion as inextricably related." ( Helaine Razovsky, Science and Religion in Samuel Ward's The Wonders of the Load-Stone)
Isagoges in rem haerbarium libri duo.  Bound with:  Catalogus plantarum Horti Academici Lugduni Batavorum, by Adolphus Vorstius.  

by Adriaan van de Spiegel.  Leyden: Elzevir, 1633.
A professor of anatomy and surgery at the University of Leiden, Spiegel (1578-1625) also studied botany, and his Isagoges is an early work on plant classification.  Linnaeus, who established the modern system of scientific nomenclature, held Spiegel’s book in high regard and named a genus of flowering plants Spigelia in his honor.  In addition, Spiegel’s is the first book to give detailed instructions for forming a collection of dried plants and will be a particularly early addition to SIL’s collection of works on collecting and preserving natural-history specimens.

Bound with Spiegel’s text is Vorstius’s catalog of the botanical garden of the University of Leiden.  Founded in 1587 as a “physic garden,” it focused on herbs and medicinal plants, including many species from the Americas, notably Brazil, the Virginia colony, and Canada.  Vorstius (1597-1663), as a professor of medicine at the University, was intimately familiar with the garden and gave lectures in it every week, describing the nature and qualities of each plant in a chosen bed.  His catalog of the plants was first published in 1633, as here, and was updated and re-published every few years (1636, 1643, 1649, 1658 and 1663) until his death.

Hand blocked wall papers by Zuber et Cie, one of the most important manufacturers of hand blocked and scenic wallpapers. This rare catalogue documents Zuber’s work that reflects American tastes in the late 1920’s. Family education and government: a discourse in the Choctaw language. 

by Loring S. Williams.  Boston:  Printed for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, by Crocker & Brewster, 1835.

North American Indian languages have been a strong research interest at the Smithsonian virtually since its founding, and SI Libraries holds 20-odd published texts in Choctaw, primarily grammars, glossaries, and translations of the Bible.  This work is particularly interesting in that it seems to be a translation of an early 19th-century English pamphlet on domestic and social life, albeit within a strong religious context.  
Io. Baptistae Portae Neapolitani, Magiae naturalis libri viginti, ab ipso quidem authore ante biennium adaucti, nunc verò ab infinitis, quibus editio illa scatebat mendis, optimè repurgati : in quibus scientiarum naturalium diuitiae & deliciae demonstrantur ; accessit index, rem omnem dilucidè repraesentans, copiosissimus...
By Giambattista della Porta. Francofurti: Apud Andreae Wecheli heredes, Claudium Marnium, & Ioann. Aubrium, 1591.
Porta’s Natural magic was originally published in four “books” (=chapters) and later expanded to 20 chapters. The text is devoted to various experiments, distillation, transmutation of metals, artificial gems, etc. The 17th chapter on optics is the most important: it went through 18 editions in different languages prior 1600.

Epistola de praecipuis naturae et artis curiosis speciminibus musei… . 

by Friedrich Christian Lesser.  [Halle: s. n., 1736].                                                                          

The natural-history rare-book collection includes a growing body of publications describing, cataloging, illustrating, and/or discussing early natural-history cabinets and specimen collections.  They are important to scientific researchers for identifying collections and individual specimens that are referenced in taxonomic works (and that may have served as the type on which a new species was named).  In this short publication, Friedrich Christian Lesser (1692-1754) describes a number of specimens in his natural-history cabinet.  A German pastor with a strong interest in the natural sciences, he corresponded with Linnaeus and published several works on minerals, fossils, shells, and insects.  The Epistola is extremely rare, held by only five libraries in Europe – and now one in North America!
Anweisung für Anfänger, Pflanzen zum Nutzen und Vergnügen zu sammeln und nach dem Linneischen System zu bestimmen.  AND Anweisung Pflanzen zum Nutzen und Vergnügen zu sammeln und nach dem Linneischen System zu bestimmen. 2nd ed. 

Gotha: bey Carl Wilhelm Ettinger, 1778 & 1803

Held by only one and two libraries respectively in North America, these are the 1st and 2nd editions of a work on collecting plants and preparing a herbarium following the Linnaean system. Their purchase strengthens SIL’s significant collection of historical works on natural-history cabinets and directions for collecting & preserving specimens.
Psyche : Figures of non descript lepidopterous insects, or rare moths and butterflies from different parts of the world
by Thomas Martyn.  London: [s.n.], 1797.
Best known as a botanist and conchologist, Thomas Martyn (1735-1825) also published works on entomology. His Psyche is a famous – and famously rare – work, once thought to exist in only 10 copies, and while that number has been expanded to about 18, they are all different in the number of plates and pages of text (if any) that they comprise. Only six copies are known in U.S. libraries (none in the D.C. area), and some of those are incomplete. This one, too, is a partial copy: 5 parts, with their original printed wrappers and 9 hand-colored plates (pt.1 text and all of pt.2 in facsimile).
Voyage a la Nouvelle Guinée, dans laquel on trouve la description des Lieux, des observations physiques & morales.... 

by Pierre Sonnerat.  Paris: Ruault, 1776.  

Pierre Sonnerat (1749-1814) was the son of the French Intendant on the island of Mauritius, and from there in 1771 he joined an expedition to the Philippines and the Moluccas.  His narrative presents his observations on the many islands explored by the expedition, and the 119 engraved illustrations provide the first published views of the Seychelles and Coetivy Islands, among other peoples and places.  Sonnerat’s book is the basis for many new species names in ornithology and other branches of zoology; birds are the subject of 79 of the plates, beautifully engraved after Sonnerat’s own drawings.  Half of the purchase price was donated by an NMNH ornithologist, so price reflects the other half that is available for adoption.  
Beschreibung einer Elektrisir-Maschine und deren Gebrauch von Georg Christoph Schmidt...; mit einer Vorrede des Herrn Cammerrath Wiedeburg. Nebst zwo Kupfer-Tafeln.
By Georg Christoph Schmidt. Berlin: und Stralsund: Verlegts Gottlieb August Lange, 1778.
Second, enlarged and corrected edition of this very scarce tract on the author’s electricity machine handsomely illustrated on the folding plates. This machine was used in physics experiments and occasionally for medicinal purposes. Schmidt (1740-1811) is identified as the “court instrument maker” and wrote several additional works on electricity.
Der Conservator oder prakitische Anleitung, Naturalien aller Reiche zu sammeln, zu conserviren und fur wissenschaftliche Zwecke...Mineralien und Pflanzen versehen.

by August Vollrath Streubel.  Berlin: Ferdinand Rubach, 1845.
This is a manual for collecting, preserving, and organizing natural-history specimens: specifically, the arrangement of a mineral collection, organizing a botanical collection and creating an herbarium, and the conservation of zoological exhibits.  These subjects form one of the Cullman Library’s particular interests, in support of collection management staff as well as historical research at the National Museum of Natural History, and this work will be a useful addition to our holdings of such publications.  The half-dozen or so German manuals in our collection fall mainly at either end of the 1800s, and it will be helpful to have this one to form a sort of continuum through the 19th century.  The book is held by only one library in North America.  
Kurtze Betrachtung derer Kraüterabdrüche im Steinreiche….  

by Christian Friedrich Schulze.  Dresden & Leipzig:  F. Heckel, 1755.

Schulze, a German physician (1730-1775) with interests in mineralogy and paleontology, was a pioneer of paleobotany, the study of fossil plants.  He is credited with recognizing the true nature of fossils, rejecting the supernatural explanations that had held sway for centuries.  The Smithsonian Libraries already holds a related publication by Schulze concerning fossil woods; this one is on plants more generally, and the six copper plate engravings in the book are some of the earliest published images of plants preserved in rock sediments.  The work is quite scarce, being held by only 8 libraries in the US, and is of particular interest to paleobotanists at the Smithsonian.
Peep show, (or tunnel book), designed by engraver Martin Engelbrecht (1684-1756). Set includes six 6” x 8” hand-colored prints, with sections cut out to create a perspective view when prints are arranged in a viewing box. GV1521 .E54 1740 CHMRB
By Bouillet. Paris: Chez Estienne Michallet, 1693.
An early work in the French literature of hydraulic engineering. In the preface Bouillet states that some of the machines he proposes were used in Holland, and that some of his descriptions are translations of the Dutch. He describes methods of dredging rivers, constructing slipways and sluices, clearing ports and harbors, and maintaining river banks. He also discusses two techniques of raising a sunken ship, and a way of blowing the deck of a ship with gunpowder to reveal cargo, and then salvaging it with diving bells made of copper. These procedures are illustrated in the twelve fine engraved copperplates interleaved in the volume.
Wallpapers by Edward Bawden printed at the Curwen Press by David McKitterick ; with an introduction by Edward Bawden, the Whittington Press. Andoversford, Gloucestershire : Printed and published by the Whittington Press ..., 1988, c1989. This limited edition contains some of the surviving wallpaper design sheets, none of which have been reprinted in modern times.
By Philipp Melanchthon. Lipsiae: Iohannes Rhamba excudebat, 1563.
Early edition (first 1549) of this influential physics text by the German humanist and reformer (1497-1560). Melanchthon’s importance as a religious reformer has tended to overshadow his achievements as a writer of science and medicine. His natural history course, which he held at the University of Wittenberg, mentioned Copernicus, but he did not accept his theory.
Synopsis of the Accipitres (diurnal birds of prey). 

by Harry K. Swann.  London:  Privately printed for the author, 1922.  

Harry Kirke Swann (1871- 1926) was an ornithologist, author, bibliophile, book dealer, and publisher. Since 1921 he was the de facto owner of Wheldon and Wesley, the publishing and antiquarian book firm that attained a legendary status among natural-history book collectors (and served as the Smithsonian’s European book agent from the 1860s until about 1960).  Swann originally published his Synopsis of the Accipitres in four octavo parts, without plates (London: Wheldon and Wesley, 1919-20); a second edition (1921-22), revised and corrected, was again in octavo and without plates.  However, Swann also privately published a large-paper folio version of the second edition, adding 22 colored plates of eggs.  The print run was limited to only 28 copies, of which the present copy is no.15.  

Icones piscium / Icones mammalium / Icones insectorum: Indicem systematicum.  

by F.C. Kielsen.  Copenhagen: Christian Steen, 1835.

Kielsen (1774-1850), a Danish naturalist and teacher, published his Icones in six separate parts, each with a brief text providing a Linnean systematic classification followed by (as the title suggests) illustrations of the animals covered: …piscium (fishes) has 48 plates that illustrate 130 species in 57 genera;  …mammalium (mammals) has 111 plates, including 11 of whales and three of Homo sapiens; and …insectorum (insects) with 106 plates.  Added to the first two parts on …vermium (worms, or invertebrates) and …avium (birds) already in our collection, we now lack only the amphibiorum (amphibians) section.  All of the parts are scarce, held by only 2-5 libraries in the U.S.
A treatise on diamonds and pearls.  In which their importance is considered: and plain rules are exhibited for ascertaining the value of both
by David Jeffries.  London:  For the Author, 1751 (2nd ed.).
Jeffries was a jeweler in 18th-century London.  This early work on the methods of cutting gems and evaluating them provides an important historical perspective.  Jeffries' is the first book in English to describe how diamonds and pearls can be evaluated on the basis of size (weight) and cut.  The 18th-century ideal emphasizing the retention of maximum weight was very different from today's notions which emphasize brilliance.  The text explains cutting procedures of the period, with plates illustrating the various styles.  This second edition, published only one year after the acclaimed first edition, is considerably expanded and includes information on diamonds from Brazil and diamond-cutting in India. 
Synopsis methodica stirpium britannicarum.  

by John Ray.   London: Sam Smith, 1690.

Englishman John Ray (1627-1705) is considered by many to be the greatest naturalist of his day, and his works in the fields of botany and zoology are classics of pre-Linnean classification.  The Synopsis methodica stirpium brittannicarum, in particular, was the standard botanical authority for many years; it is considered remarkably accurate in its coverage and descriptions of the British flora, and the classification follows a natural sequence, replacing earlier methods with the concept of grouping plants by direct observation of their similarities and differences.  Ray’s works are so central to the development of modern botanical and zoological classification, as well as to the conceptualization of key scientific issues (he was the first to develop a biological definition of the species concept, for example) that SIL is working actively to fill the gaps in our holdings of his complete oeuvre. 
Le nouveau jardin; vignettes et ornements dessinés et gravés sur bois par Paul Vera. Paris : Émile-Paul Éditeur, [1912] qSB466 .F8V4 1912 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Library. Vera’s theories on the “modern” garden followed by plans and descriptions for rustic, rose trellised and fantasy gardens along with sections on bee-keeping, fruit cultivation and garden ornament.
By Brook Taylor. London: Printed by W. Bulmer and Co., Shakespeare Printing-Office (for Sir William Young), 1793.
First edition of this posthumous work, printed for private circulation by Taylor’s grandson, Sir William Young (d. 1815), in 100 limited copies. It is prefaced by the life of the author. This original work is the major source of Taylor’s biographical data as well as the only edition of his philosophical book. Taylor, English mathematician, is best known for the mathematical concept of the “Taylor series” and contributions to the theory of finite differences.
by Giuseppe Antonio Alberti. Venice: Giambattista Recurti, 1757.
A civil engineer, Alberti worked on projects in Umbria and Emilia and became famous for his two works on the mathematics of engineering, of which this is one. The book is an extensive and thorough guide to stereometry. It demonstrates the techniques for calculating volumes of all kinds of spaces, structures, and vaults. It is illustrated in detail with a fine portrait of Alberti.
One Way Ticket: Poems
Amount: $2,000.00
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) is arguably the most famous poet of the Harlem Renaissance and Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) is among the most famous artists from this movement. This book (signed by both) is a collaboration of two great African American masters with Lawrence illustrating themes of the poems. The 17 hand-colored prints of early 19th century Northern and Western Africans are not only elegant, but are also valuable historical documents on clothing, headgear, jewelry, and weaponry of that era. Beretning om Corvetten Galathea’s Reise omkring Jorden 1845, 46, og 47.  (3 vols.)

by Steen Bille.  København: C.A. Reitzel, 1849-51.

The Galathea expedition was Denmark’s first circumnavigation, carrying naturalists and artists who collected plants, animals, and ethnographic artifacts along a route that included India, the Nicobar Islands, Java, China, Hawaii, and several parts of South America. This official account by the captain, Steen Bille, held by fewer than 10 libraries in the U.S., is of interest to curators who work on Hawaiian material in NMNH’s departments of Botany, Vertebrate Zoology, and Anthropology. 
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