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The Passing Show: Drawings

by A. B. Wenzell. New York: Collier, 1898.

Albert Beck Wenzell (1864-1917), a native of Detroit, is best known for his illustrations of high society during the Gilded Age. A contemporary of Charles Dana Gibson, the creator of the Gibson Girl, Wenzell's illustrations appeared in many journals of the day, including Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, The Saturday Evening Post, and The Ladies' Home Journal. The Passing Show is a collection of Wenzell's drawings depicting the interactions of the upper class, often with images of flirtation and wooing with various levels of success.

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

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

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.

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.
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

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 
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.
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