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"Description of an artificial hand" [Reprint of article from Mechanics’ magazine].

By George Cayley. London, Tyler and Reed, 1845.

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Sir George Cayley, sometimes called the “English Leonardo” due to his wide-ranging achievements in engineering, was an important pioneer in aeronautics and aerial navigation in the early-to-mid 1800’s. While best known for his contributions to flight, Cayley turned his engineering talents toward creating an artificial hand for the wounded son of a tenant farmer. He wished to make a more affordable and versatile model. His innovative design mimicked the articulation and control of human movement, and contains features used in modern prostheses. A description of his invention first appeared in this article in the Mechanics’ magazine in March of 1845.

Condition and treatment:
This volume has a half leather binding with marbled paper covers. The upper cover is completely detached. Conservators will replace the front cover with board covered in similar marbled paper and reattach to spine.

Journal of the [1st-6th] annual General Council of the Indian Territory. 6 separate items.

by the Indian Territory General Council. Lawrence, Kansas, 1871-1875.

In accordance with the 1866 treaty between the U.S. and the Cherokee Nation and the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muskogee (Creek), and Seminole tribes, a council composed of delegates from each tribe met annually to enact legislation for the Indian Territory (now part of Oklahoma). These reports list the delegates, their debates, and their decisions. We lack the third annual report (1872) in this set.

Condition and Treatment: Original printed paper wrappers, variously colored and brittle; the pamphlets are stab-sewn and glued into early or mid- 20th-century acidic binders. Some of the wrappers have broken loose at the edge of the gluing or suffered other damage or wear, and some interior pages are torn. Remove the pamphlets from the old binders, dis-bind and re-sew them through the fold. Repair the damaged paper using Japanese paper and wheat-starch paste. Create a custom archival enclosure for each.

E78 .I5I622 SCNHRB (6 items)
By Samuel G. Goodrich. New York: J. C. Derby, 1856

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Samuel G. Goodrich was an American bookseller, publisher, and writer well known during his lifetime for his engaging educational works for children. Writing under the pen name Peter Parley, Goodrich crafted fictional stories grounded in the science and knowledge of the time. Goodrich’s The Balloon Travels of Robert Merry, published in this format in 1856, appeared serially in his Merry’s Magazine in the years prior. Goodrich incorporated geography, aeronautics, and general science into a ballooning adventure tale across Europe with intrepid young travelers, whose ages were around those of Goodrich’s intended readers.

Condition and treatment:
This book has a full cloth-covered case binding with gold stamped designs on both covers and spine. The front cover is detached. The conservator will remove the spine lining and replace it with layers of Japanese paper, and will re-back with toned linen to match the original cloth covering.

Pamphlet bindings
Amount: $250.00
Hundreds of small publications transferred from the general collections, including Linnaean dissertations and a botanical manuscript with hand-drawn and -colored illustrations, are taped or glued into old acidic “pamphlet” folders that need to be replaced.

Condition and treatment:  Conservators will remove the publications from the acidic folders, dry-clean the pages and wash them in de-ionized water buffered with calcium carbonate (pH7), re-sew the publication with an acid-free paper wrapper, and make a custom-fitted, four-flap enclosure for it.
Directions for making collections in natural history, prepared for the National Institute for the Promotion of Science.
 
by Henry King. Washington: Gales and Seaton, 1840.
 
This slim pamphlet, prepared for a short-lived organization that preceded the founding of the Smithsonian Institution, is one of a numerous collection of early instructions for collecting specimens of plants and animals.  These publications reflect the growing recognition of the importance of proper preservation techniques and record-keeping for natural-history collections, as private collections evolved into public museums through the 19th century.
 
Condition and treatment: Conservators will remove the publication from the acidic folder, dry-clean the pages and wash them in de-ionized water buffered with calcium carbonate (pH7), re-sew the publication with an acid-free paper wrapper, and make a custom-fitted, four-flap enclosure for it.
[Botanical dissertations].  14 separate items.

by Carl Peter Thunberg.  Uppsala, 1781-1828.

In 18th- and 19th-century Europe, it was standard practice for university professors to write their students’ dissertations; the student’s job was to explicate and defend the thesis.  At the University of Uppsala (Sweden), first Linnaeus and then Thunberg wrote hundreds of these botanical papers, usually focused on taxonomic and systematic matters – either describing and naming genera and species or analyzing basic issues of classification.  The Cullman Library holds dozens of the small, individually published papers, many of them housed in old acidic pamphlet-binders.

Condition and Treatment:  No covers; variously stab-sewn and/or glued into old acidic pamphlet binders.  Remove from the binders, wash as needed, and create a new binding for each item using Cave Paper (O.Malley Crackle as the color).

QK495 [… various] SCNHRB

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.  
Insectes diptères du nord de la France.

by Justin Macquart.  Lille, 1826-1834.

Based in Lille in northern France, Macquart was one of three brothers who all became naturalists in the early 1800's – one an ornithologist, one a botanist, and Justin an entomologist who specialized in Diptera (flies).  As a contributor the Suites à Buffon and in his independent works, Macquart named thousands of new species of flies, and his publications are an important source for current research in the Department of Entomology at the National Museum of Natural History.

Condition and Treatment:  Modern brown buckram case, with marbled end-papers; the text-block is over-sewn (also modern) but sound.  The binding has deteriorated to the point that the case is almost completely detached from the text-block, held by a single sewing cord; the front fly-leaves and half-title page are also detached, and there are general signs of wear.  Remove the buckram covers; re-attach the title leaves with Japanese paper and create a new linen case for the volume with new archival end papers.

QL535.4 .F8M17 SCNHRB
Volcanoes and Earthquakes... ; from the French by Mrs. Norman Lockyer; with sixty-two woodcuts by E. Riou.

By Frédéric Zurcher and Elié Margollé. London: R. Bentley, 1868.

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First published in Paris in 1866 as part of as series called Bibliothèque des Merveilles (Library of Wonders), Zurcher and Margollé’s work on volcanoes and earthquakes reflects the public’s increasing interest in science in the mid-19th century. Geological science had become a source of great fascination. Covering volcanoes from Etna and Vesuvius in Italy to those in the Americas and the Pacific and Indian Oceans – and even those on the moon, this book is enhanced with dramatic illustrations of eruptions and the geological formations that result, including massive craters and island caves composed of basalt blocks and pillars.

This little volume of geological marvels is illustrated by Edouard Riou, well known for his illustrations for six of Jules Verne’s Voyages Extraordinaires novels, including Voyage au centre de la terre (Journey to the center of the earth) in 1864, an adventure story that takes the reader under the surface of the earth, and into our geological past, via volcanic passages. Riou also illustrated another work of popular science, Louis Figuier’s La terre avant le deluge (The earth before the flood), in 1863, a widely read work on geology with Riou’s depictions of the earth’s extinct inhabitants, which had a significant influence on Verne’s underground tale.

Condition and treatment:

This volume has a full cloth-covered case binding. The sewing is weak and broken throughout the textblock, and leaves are loose and in danger of becoming detached.

Conservators will separate the case from the text-block and disbind the book. The signatures will be re-sewn, and the spine relined with Japanese paper. The text-block will be re-attached to the case using sewing supports reinforced with Japanese paper at the interior joints.


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. 
by Sir John Pringle. London: Printed for W. Strahan, and T. Cadell, 1783.
 
These six discourses, which were presented “on occasion of six annual assignments of Sir Godfrey Copley’s medal,” discussed a great variety of subjects, including “different kinds of air,” the torpedo, and the preservation of the health of mariners.
 
Condition and treatment: This volume has a full leather binding with decorative gold stamping on the covers and spine. Leather is missing from the front and back cover joints and both are loose. The joints needs to be reinforced, and - after lifting the leather- they need to be covered with toned Japanese paper.
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.
 
[and]
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 Henry Noel Humphreys. London: Sampson Low, 1857.

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Humphreys, an illustrator, entomologist, and scholar of medieval manuscripts, wrote this little volume on the history of the marine aquarium, which includes advice on creating and maintaining one, and detailed information on which varieties of plants and animals to choose. When this book was written, modern in-home aquariums were still a very recent development. In the early 1850’s, the first major public aquarium opened at the London Zoological Society. The Victorians already had a fascination with the sea; having a miniaturized version of the ocean floor at home became a mid-19th century fad. You can read this book online, and view the 12 hand-colored plates.

By Amos Eaton. Albany; New York; Troy, 1832

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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.

The botany of Captain Beechey's voyage… to the Pacific and Bering's Strait, performed in His Majesty's ship Blossom... in the years 1825, 26, 27, and 28.

by Sir William Jackson Hooker and G.A. Walker Arnott.  London, [1830]-1841.

Beechey’s voyage in HMS Blossom was intended to meet up with two overland expeditions in search of the Northwest Passage to the Pacific.  Neither arrived, but Beechey made good use of the trip by conducting extensive scientific explorations along the northwest and west coasts of North America (reaching and naming Point Barrow, for example) and among the islands of the Pacific.  The botanical collections were described in this book by Sir William J. Hooker, a British botanist who subsequently became the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and his co-author George A.Walker Arnott.   The volume includes 99 beautifully line-engraved plates.

Condition and treatment:  The volume has been re-bound in library-buckram; it suffered water damage at some point in its past and now shows cockling, staining, and mold damage throughout.  Conservators will remove surface mold with a HEPA-filter vacuum.  Conditions in the environmentally controlled vault will prevent future mold outbreaks.
   
 
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