Adopted Books

The following books have been adopted by one or more of our generous benefactors.

Mercurii ac solis congressus in astronomica specula Bononiensis Scientiarum Instituti observatus die IX. Novembris MDCCXXIII...

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.

Adopted on November 14, 2014 by Peter Bedini in honor of Silvio A. Bedini. View Bookplate

Glaucus, or, The Wonders of the Shore.

By Charles Kingsley. Cambridge, England: Macmillan and Co., 1859.

Perhaps best known for his children’s book The Water Babies, Rev. Charles Kingsley was a prolific writer of a great variety of non-fictional works as well, including sermons, social commentaries, and scientific treatises. He was a capable amateur naturalist, too, and well-versed in the scientific issues of the day (he and Charles Darwin corresponded). Glaucus, named for an ancient Greek sea-god, was penned for a popular audience. A proponent of science education, in the book Kingsley encourages personal and religious improvement through knowledge of the natural world, in this case the corals, mollusks, and anemones found at the seashore. The amateur study of natural history was a popular pastime in Victorian England. Our copy has been scanned; you can read it, and see more of the illustrations
here.

Adopted on November 14, 2014 by Peter Bedini in honor of Silvio A. Bedini. View Bookplate

A treatise on the rectilinear motion and rotation of bodies: with a description of original experiments relative to the subject.

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.

Adopted on November 13, 2014 by Frederick and Deborah Strobl. View Bookplate

Sur la théorie de Franklin : suivant lequel les phénomènes électriques sont expliqués par un seul fluide.

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.

Adopted on November 13, 2014 by Frederick and Deborah Strobl. View Bookplate

Imgerutsit nôtiggit 100 = Hundert eskimoische Lieder [One hundred Eskimo songs]

by the Moravian Church. Leipzig, 1872.

This odd little book translates 100 German folk songs, mostly two-voice melodies, into the Inuktitut dialect of Newfoundland and Labrador, almost surely by the Moravian Mission established in those regions since the 1700s. During the 19th century there were between 30 and 40 missionaries in Labrador at any one time, most of them German; all learned Inuktitut, which was the language used in church and school, and Moravian congregations exist in Inuit communities to this day. SIL holds a significant body of works on Eskimo linguistics for researchers in the Anthropology Dept., including several titles specific to the Moravian Mission in Labrador. This work is quite scarce, with only nine copies in U.S. libraries, and is not held by any library in the DC area.

Adopted on November 13, 2014 by Frederick and Deborah Strobl. View Bookplate

Der Weltkrieg

by Cigaretten-Bilderdienst, G.m.b.H. Dresden: Cigaretten-Bilderdienst A 1, [1937?].

This cigarette card collector's book was produced and compiled in Germany in the late 1930’s as a commemoration of World War I, providing a visual record of scenes both on the front and at home. The war theme was popular in the 1930's and was later used for propaganda purposes during the growth of Nazism.

Adopted on November 13, 2014 by Thomas Blase. View Bookplate

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.

Adopted on November 13, 2014 by Pit Lucking. View Bookplate

Magnetis reductorium theologicum tropologicum: in quo ejus nouVs verVs et sVpreMVs VsVs InDICatVr.

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)

Adopted on November 13, 2014 by Pit Lucking. View Bookplate

Panama-California Exposition

[San Diego, Calif., Pictorial Publishing, 1915?]

A photographic album about the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition containing 50 exquisite views of the buildings, other structures, and the beautiful botanical gardens of the fair. One of the plates is a folding oversized leaf featuring the bird’s eye view of the entire exposition.

Adopted on November 13, 2014 by Charles Sands. View Bookplate

Systema naturae: in quo proponuntur naturae regna tria secundum classes, ordines, genera & species

by Carl von Linne. Parisiis: Sumptibus Michaelis-Antonii David..., 1744.

In his classic work Systema naturae (The system of nature) Carl von Linne (1707-1778), better known as Linnaeus, brought order out of chaos in the natural sciences of the 18th century by developing a system of scientific nomenclature that quickly became - and still remains - the international standard. For zoology the key text is the tenth edition published in 1758, but the history of the work's publication, and the comparison of the texts from the exceedingly rare first edition of 1735 (7 folio sheets) through the 13th edition (3 volumes in 8) edited by Gmelin, provides important information to modern researchers in museum taxonomy and systematics. The Cullman Library holds the 1st in facsimile, 2nd, 6th, 9th, 10th, 12th, and 13th; adding the 4th and the 7th will help to fill SIL's set of the editions

Adopted on October 3, 2014 by Susan Holden Blaha. View Bookplate

Journal of the 3rd 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.

Adopted on June 17, 2014 by Shari Finfrock. View Bookplate

Telephone directory. Territory of Hawaii. Winter 1930. For the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Kauai.

[Hawaii: Mutual Telephone Company, November 1930.]

This little publication was purchased for its cover: a ring-binder covered with decorated bark-cloth. Custom-made for the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Honolulu, this copy's cover is unique, but all copies and editions of the directory, issued twice a year, are scarce because out-dated issues had to be surrendered to get the new one. Bark cloth - called "kapa" in Hawaii and "tapa" in other Pacific cultures - is a traditional material made by beating the bast fibers of certain trees and shrubs. Often elaborately decorated with geometrical patterns, it was used, subject to various cultural restrictions, for clothing, household decoration, banners, and other purposes. The Smithsonian's Curator of Ethnology for Oceania is an international authority on the subject and is eager to study the cover, noting: "This very odd but interesting book is quite different from all the other books with bark-cloth samples that the Smithsonian Libraries already has, and is something that I have never seen before. The bark-cloth covering is from Samoa, and it will be interesting to research how and why Samoan cloth was used for a Hawaiian book."

Adopted on May 29, 2014 by Linda Blancato in honor of Eloise B. Rothe. View Bookplate

What a surprise : a mechanical book for children.

by Constance M. Lowe London : Ernest Nister ; New York : E.P. Dutton & Co., [between 1900 and 1920]

Ernest Nister (1842-1909) specialized in colored toy and movable picture books. He used a wide range of movable techniques to intrigue children. The popular late nineteenth-century format of changing pictures capitalizes on a child's fascination with peek-a-boo. Nister animated his pages with simple slats, dimensional scenes, and remarkable pinwheel mechanics. With these basic paper tools, he created fantastic transformations of dissolving pictures, based on the venetian blind principle. "The illustrations in these books had a picture divided into four or five equal sections by corresponding horizontal or vertical slits. When a tab at the side or bottom of the illustration was pulled, the picture 'transformed' into another picture"

Adopted on April 29, 2014 by Barbara Bonessa and Alan Perkins. View Bookplate

Journal of the 2nd annual General Council of the Indian Territory.

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.

Adopted on April 29, 2014 by Michelle Patrick. View Bookplate

Nöthiger Unterricht von Verbesserung der Sack-Uhren

By Johann Georg Hartmann. Halle: Wäysenhaus, 1756.

Rare first and only edition of Hartmann's technical guide to clockmaking, issued together with an improved edition of his guide to constructing pocket-watches. The two works are embellished with 54 figures on 17 folding plates, not to mention the engraved portrait of the author, a resident clock-maker in Jena. Hartmann's third chapter is devoted to a subject evidently of wide contemporary interest – the application of clocks to astronomical measurements.

Adopted on April 10, 2014 by Lowell Robinson. View Bookplate

Nöthiger Unterricht von Verbesserung aller Uhren, durch die Höhe des Aufzuges, waagerechten Stand und Berechnung.

By Johann Georg Hartmann. Halle: Wäysenhaus, 1756.

Rare first and only edition of Hartmann's technical guide to clockmaking, issued together with an improved edition of his guide to constructing pocket-watches. The two works are embellished with 54 figures on 17 folding plates, not to mention the engraved portrait of the author, a resident clock-maker in Jena. Hartmann's third chapter is devoted to a subject evidently of wide contemporary interest – the application of clocks to astronomical measurements.

Adopted on April 10, 2014 by Lowell Robinson. View Bookplate

Instructions pour les voyageurs et les employés dans les colonies sur la manière de recueillir, de conserver, et d’envoyer les objets d’histoire naturelle.

by Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris). Paris: L. Martinet, 1860.

This is one of a growing collection of early instructions for collecting specimens of plants and animals. These publications reflect the 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. In Paris the King’s gardens and collections had been declared a national, public museum after the French Revolution in the 1790s, and although political upheavals continued to buffet it about for several decades, the scientists at the museum and the collectors in French colonies around the world persevered in building the research collections.

Adopted on March 13, 2014 by Ruth L. Webb. View Bookplate

Elements of the philosophy of plants

by Augustin-Pyramus de Candolle, & Kurt Sprengel. Edinburgh: William Blackwood, 1821.

This is the first edition in English of a composite work by two of the most eminent botanists of the early 19th century. The first three parts on nomenclature, theory of classification, and descriptive botany are from a work by de Candolle, while the final part on the structure and nature of plants is by Sprengel.

Adopted on March 8, 2014 by George Gwynn Hill. View Bookplate

Journal of the 1st annual General Council of the Indian Territory.

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

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.

Adopted on March 08, 2014 by Grace Allen. View Bookplate

De rerum naturalium adfinitatibus.

by Stephan Lumnitzer. Posonii [Poszony=Bratislava]: Literis Francisci Augustini Patzko, [1777]. This slim publication by botanist Stephan Lumnitzer in what is now Bratislava, Slovakia, still has its 18th-century marbled paper wrappers but is housed in an old acidic "pamphlet" folder that needs to be replaced.

Adopted on March 07, 2014 by Anonymous . View Bookplate

Notice of the Megatherium Cuvieri, the giant fossil ground-sloth of South America presented to the University of Rochester by Hiram Sibley, Esq.

by Henry A. Ward.  Rochester, 1864.

Henry Ward, an American naturalist and geologist who taught at the University of Rochester, founded Ward’s Natural Science Establishment in 1865, a natural-history supply company that provided specimens from rocks to bird skins for collectors and institutions (including the Smithsonian).  This work describes a fossil skeleton of the giant ground-sloth, Megatherium, with a striking frontispiece illustrating its relative size.

Adopted on March 04, 2014 by James Mead. View Bookplate

Uncle Tom's cabin, or, Life among the lowly

By Harriet Beecher Stowe. Boston: John P. Jewett & Company; Cleveland : Jewett, Proctor & Worthington, 1852.

First edition of probably the most socially influential American book ever published. Even before the publication of the serial [in the abolitionist newspaper The National Era] the Boston publisher John P. Jewett had expressed an interest in publishing [it] in book form. The first printing of five thousand copies was exhausted in a few days and a second printing of the same size, indicated by 'ten thousand' on the title-page, was completely disposed of by the end of March. This copy is of the “eightieth thousand” batch of the total number of 150,000 copies of the first edition.

Adopted on January 22, 2014 by Richard Anderson and William Hopkins. View Bookplate

Salices americanae. North American willows.

by Joseph Barratt.   Middletown, Conn., 1840.

An English-born physician who emigrated to the U.S. in his twenties, Barratt turned to botany and settled eventually in Middletown, Connecticut, to teach at Wesleyan University. The unusual format of this item – printed on one side of the sheets only – suggests that it may have been published for classroom display. The North American willows include Salix barrattiana (Barratt's willow), a species native to Alaska and the Yukon Territory that was named in his honor. 

Adopted on January 16, 2014 by Keith and Kathy Boi. View Bookplate

Raisons des forces mouvantes avec diverses machines tant utiles que plaisantes. (Principles of moving forces)

by Salomon de Caus (1576-1626) A Francfort : En la boutique de Jan Norton, 1615.

A remarkable hydraulics manual by French engineer and designer of gardens and grottos throughout Europe.

Adopted on January 16, 2014 by Georgianna Ziegler. View Bookplate

Dissertatio botanica de Gardenia : quam consensu espperient.

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.

Adopted on January 14, 2014 by Anne Whitaker in memory of Mrs. Ruth Brodie and Mrs. Irene Stone, would could grow anything. View Bookplate

Mémoire sur la famille des Rhamnées.

Adolphe Brongniart. Paris, 1826.

A botanist at the Muséum Nationale d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, Brongniart made important contributions to the science in the early 1800s, especially concerning the nature of pollen, the structure and function of leaves, and relationships between extinct and living species of plants. This early work – his university dissertation – focuses on buckthorns, a family of shrubs and small trees, and their medicinal properties (cathartic and potentially toxic).

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Kathryn Turner in memory of George R. Turner, Jr. View Bookplate

Musterblätter für Gold- und Silber-Arbeiter und Juveliere

Berlin : [s.n.], 1836-1837. 3 volumes in one. "Enthaltend die neuesten Formen von Gefässen und

Silberwaaren aller Art, so wie geschmackvoll moderner Bijouterien." (Pattern sheets for gold-and silver-workers and jewelers: containing the latest form of vessels and silverware of all kinds, as well as tasteful modern jewelers.)

The Cooper-Hewitt Design Library owns many rare pattern books, and is an example of the kind of trade manual which serves as a primary document in the history of design, in this case as a handbook for the gold and silver objects and jewelry, that designers come to our library to research.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Jennifer Broome and Tracy Sullivan. View Bookplate

Schnackenberg : Kostüme, Plakate und Dekorationen

(Schnackenberg: Costume, Posters and Decoration: 43 Plates) by Oskar Bie. München : Musarion-Verlag, 1920.

The Cooper-Hewitt Design Library collects in the fields of graphic design, illustration,and theatre and costume design history. Walter Schnackenberg (1880- 1961) studied art in Germany except for a brief period in Paris in 1907-09. Following his return to Germany,Schnackenberg worked as a painter, illustrator, poster artist and theatre set and costume designer. This book represents the diversity of Schnackenberg's work.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Joseph L. Kolb. View Bookplate

Die tragische Rettichgeschichte / / nach einem alten Lied bearbeitet und illustriert von Erika von Kager

(The tragic radish story) by Erika von Kager. [S.l. : s.n., between 1900 and 1950].

Charmingly illustrated children's story book in verse about radishes. The Cooper-Hewitt has a large collection of 19th century illustrated children's books, in many languages. Erika von Kager (Zürich 1890 - 1975) was a book illustrator, artist, designed posters and greeting cards.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Michael Hoagland. View Bookplate

Index botanicus

by Christiaan Hendrik Persoon. Gottingen, 1808.

An impoverished recluse who never held an official or academic position, Persoon nevertheless managed to build on a good education in Leiden and Göttingen to form a significant herbarium and scientific library on fungi (mushrooms) and to publish works that are considered the basis of modern mycology. Our copy of this classic work, the starting point for the nomenclature of several major groups (including puffballs), includes stilted plates.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by James G. Mead. View Bookplate

Synopsis methodica fungorum.

by Christiaan Hendrik Persoon. Gottingen, 1801.

An impoverished recluse who never held an official or academic position, Persoon nevertheless managed to build on a good education in Leiden and Göttingen to form a significant herbarium and scientific library on fungi (mushrooms) and to publish works that are considered the basis of modern mycology. Our copy of this classic work, the starting point for the nomenclature of several major groups (including puffballs), includes stilted plates.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by James G. Mead. View Bookplate

Relation historique de la Virginie.

by Robert Beverley. Amsterdam, 1718.

Written by a native Virginian and published originally in English in 1705, Beverley's work is considered the most important and reliable history of early life in the Virginia colony. He was a clerk of the council of Virginia about 1697, and his history covers all aspects of life in Virginia, including the best contemporary account of the Native American tribes and the life of its early settlers. The engraved plates are based (at several removes) on 16th-century drawings by John White.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Harriet Epstein in memory of Lily M. Stone and Herschel Kanter in Memory of Robert Kanter. View Bookplate

[Botanical dissertations]. One of 16 separate items. (Oxalis)

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.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Vanessa Haight Smith & Daniel Meade Smith. View Bookplate

[Botanical dissertations]. One of 16 separate items. (Protea)

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.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Hanna M. Szczepanowska in honor of Mungo Shearer. View Bookplate

[Botanical dissertations]. Two of 16 separate items. (Iris)

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.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Barbara Walsh. View Bookplate

[Botanical dissertations]. One of 16 separate items. (Gladiolus)

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.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Barbara Walsh View Bookplate

Arithmetic simplified: prepared for the use of primary schools, female seminaries, and high schools: in three parts; adapted to classes of different ages, and of different degrees of advancement. 2nd ed.

by Catharine Esther Beecher. Hartford: Published by D.F. Robinson & Co. and sold by booksellers generally, 1833.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Constance O'Brien. View Bookplate

Euclid's Elements (1747)

by Euclid.

Oxoniae (Oxford): E Theatro Sheldoniano, impensis R. Clements, 1747.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Frances Mohr. View Bookplate

Euclid's Elements (1726)

by Euclid.

London: Printed for James and John Knapton, Daniel Midwinter, et al., 1726.

The elements of Euclid explain'd in a new, but most easie method: together with the use of every proposition through all parts of the mathematicks written in French by that excellent mathematician, F. Claud. Francis Milliet de Chales...; now made English, and a multitude of errors corrected, which had escap'd in the original. The seventh edition.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Frances Mohr. View Bookplate

Euclid's Elements (1751)

by Euclid.

London: Printed for W. and J. Mount, and T. Page... , et al., 1751.

Euclide's Elements: the whole fifteen books compendiously demonstrated: with Archimedes's theorems of the sphere and cylinder, investigated by the method of indivisibles: also, Euclide's Data, and a brief treatise of regular solids by Isaac Barrow...; the whole carefully corrected, and illustrated with copper plates; to which is now added an appendix, containing, the nature, construction, and application of logarithms, by J. Barrow... Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Frances Mohr. View Bookplate

Euclid's Elements (1728)

By Euclid.

Dublin : Printed by and for S. Fuller... and sold by the booksellers, 1728.

The elements of Euclid: with select theorems out of Archimedes, by the learned Andrew Tacquet; to which are added, practical corollaries, shewing the uses of many of the propositions, by William Whiston. In this sixth edition, is added an appendix of practical geometry, with forty new figures, and a brief and independent demonstration of certain select and most useful propositions by S.F. Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Frances Mohr. View Bookplate

Les terres du ciel; voyage astronomique sur les autres mondes et description des conditions actuelles de la vie sur les diverses planètes du système solaire; ouvrage illustré de photographies célestes, vues télescopiques, cartes et nombreuses figures par P. Fouché, Motty, Blanadet, Hellé, etc. etc.

by Camille Flammarion. Paris: C. Marpon et E. Flammarion, 1884.

Camille Flammarion (1842-1925) was a French astronomer and founder of the French Astronomical Society. His keen fascination with the possibility of life on other planets led him to pen both fictional and factual works exploring the subject. Terres du ciel presents the scientific thought of the time on the subject of extra-terrestrial life, but does not shy away from more fantastic ideas. It contains actual photographic prints of the lunar surface as well as numerous imaginative illustrations speculating on the landscapes, conditions and inhabitants of other worlds. Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Frances Mohr. View Bookplate

Albumblätter : allerlei Stammbuchverse mit Bildern

by Gertrud Römbildt. Esslingen : Verlag von J.F. Schreiber, [between 1850 and 1950]

The Cooper-Hewitt has a large collection of 19th century illustrated children's books, in many languages. This is an Illustrated book of German children's nursery rhymes.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Eric Wagner in honor of Anna Stahli. View Bookplate

On the origin of species by means of natural selection, or, The preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life...

by Charles Darwin. London: John Murray, 1860.

Darwin's book introduced the scientific theory that populations evolve over the course of generations through a process of natural selection. It presented a body of evidence that the diversity of life arose by common descent through a branching pattern of evolution. Darwin included evidence that he had gathered on the Beagle expedition in the 1830's and his subsequent findings from research, correspondence, and experimentation.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Candace Cowan. View Bookplate

Oryktographia norica, sive rerum fossilium et ad minerale regnum pertinentium....

by Johann Jakob Baier. Nuremberg: W. Michahellis, 1708.

Johann Jakob Baier (1677-1735) was a practicing physician and professor of medicine in Nuremberg, but his most important contributions to science were in the field of oryctography, as the combined study of geology and paleontology was called in his day. In this book he presented a new, systematic attempt to organize minerals into a coherent classification and made major advances in disproving the idea that fossils were merely sports of nature, laying the foundations for the investigation of Jurassic fauna and of scientific paleontology in general. The six engraved plates illustrate 300 fossils. This is the only copy of the book in the Washington DC area.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Alan Kabat. View Bookplate

Farbige Räume und Bauten... (Colored buildings and spaces)

by Professor Wilhelm Jöker. Stuttgart : Verlag G. Siegle & Co., G.M.B.H., [1929?]

An illustrated book on co-ordinating colour schemes in interior design. Issued in portfolio. 30 coloured photolithographs, some heightened with gold or silver. First Edition. A lovely illustrated book on co-ordinating colour schemes in interior design. The work was intended for the use of painters, architects, and teachers and students in professional and technical schools.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Carl Smith. View Bookplate

De Negerstaat van Hayti of Sint Domingo.

Amsterdam, 1821.

This is an extremely rare work (only four copies in North America) on the history and present state of the Negroes of Haiti, published shortly after they gained their independence from France. It draws on the works of – or possibly was written by – Pompée Valentin Vastey, a mixed-race Haitian writer, educator, and politician, who wrote scathingly of the abuses and atrocities committed by colonial slave- owners on the island. The book includes a map of “the island of Santo Domingo,” now the separate countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by William Hopkins. View Bookplate

Philp's Washington described. A complete view of the American Capital, and the District of Columbia; with many notices, historical, topographical, and scientific, of the seat of government.

Ed. by William D. Haley.

New York: Rudd & Carleton; Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & co.; [etc., etc.] 1861.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Francine Berkowitz and Judith Anderson. View Bookplate

Tricks with cards: containing explanations of the general principles of sleight-of hand applicable to card-tricks...

by Professor Hoffmann. New York: Excelsior Publishing House, McKeon & Schofield, proprietors, [1893].

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Jerry Birchmore. View Bookplate

Der moderne Raum : neue Malereien (Modern spaces: New painting)

by Paul Grohmann. Dresden : Verlag Kunstanstalt Stengel, [1928].

Art Deco interior decoration and ornament. Issued in portfolio. 

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Marilyn Charles and Reuben Simmons. View Bookplate

Coleoptera and Lepidoptera. Ein systematisches Verzeichniss, mit beygesetzen Preisen der Vorräthe.

by Georg Dahl. Wien, 1823.

This is an entomological dealer's price list for specimens of Coleoptera (beetles) and Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) listed by scientific name in systematic order. Purchased in 1933, when it was thought to be the only copy in the U.S. (there are about 8 copies known in the U.S. now), it was received in loose sheets and bound "for safe-keeping" by J.C. Bridwell [?], according to a note signed "Feb 1936 HSB" that is laid in at the front. "HSB" is probably Herbert Spencer Barber was a specialist on beetles in the Division of Insect Identification in the Agriculture Dept, who worked at the Museum.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by James Mead. View Bookplate

A narrative of the captivity and sufferings of Benjamin Gilbert and his family.

by William Walton. London, 1790.

Three generations of the Gilbert family, well-known Quakers, were captured at their farm on the Pennsylvania frontier in 1780 by a mixed group of Indians from the Seneca, Cayuga, and other tribes. Paterfamilias Benjamin Gilbert and other family members told brother-in-law Walton of their experiences after their return in 1782; the narrative, first published in Philadelphia in 1784, is considered a valuable account of Indian life.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Karen Birchmore. View Bookplate

The Westover manuscripts: Containing the history of the dividing line betwixt Virginia and North Carolina…now first published.

by William Byrd. Petersburg, 1841.

In 1728, William Byrd II, a prominent Virginia planter and colonial official, was appointed to a commission to delineate the disputed border between Virginia and North Carolina. His history, published for the first time over 100 years later in this work, gives an excellent description of the region, although his possibly biased characterization of North Carolinians emphasizes their indolence, lack of religion, poverty, and disrespect for law and order.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Thomas Jorstad. View Bookplate

Pictorial effect in photography: being hints on composition and chiaroscuro for photographers: to which is added a chapter on combination printing.

by H. P. (Henry Peach) Robinson. London: Piper & Carter; Marion & Co., 1869.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by David Jernigan. View Bookplate

Discours sur les révolutions de la surface du globe.

by Georges Cuvier. Paris, 1828.

This book in James Smithson’s library – annotated by him in French – was mistakenly transferred to the Library of Congress in the mid-1800s. SIL’s Special Collections staff discovered it there, as well as seven other Smithson books, several years ago, and LC graciously agreed to return them. In the process, however, this book lost its front cover.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Deborah Farthing. View Bookplate

Euclid's Elements (1685)

by Euclid. London: Printed for Philip Lea, globemaker ..., 1685

The elements of Euclid, explained and demonstrated in a new and most easie method: with the uses of each proposition in all the parts of the mathematicks by Claude Francois Milliet D'Chales, a Jesuite; done out of French, corrected and augmented, and illustrated with nine copper plates, and the effigies of Euclid, by Reeve Williams, philomath.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Elizabeth Nesbitt. View Bookplate

Results of astronomical observations made during the years 1834, 5, 6, 7, 8, at the Cape of Good Hope: being the completion of a telescopic survey of the whole surface of the visible heavens, commenced in 1825...

by Sir John F. W. Herschel. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1847.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Malcolm Niedner. View Bookplate

Torten-Verzierungen : 78 moderne Vorlagen.

(Cake ornamentation :78 modern originals) [Windsheim?] : Selbstverlag des Verfassers (Gesamtherstellung von E. Nister, Nürnberg), [1910]

Pattern book of designs for cake decorations. Designs for holiday, special occasion and seasonal cake decorations. with some Art Nouveau motifs. The final, unnumbered plate is an illustration of different fonts for alphabets and numbers used in cake decorating.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Amy Snyder. View Bookplate

Studio d'arts décoratifs.Tissus par Nicolas Sorokine.

Fabrics by Nicolas Sorokine. Paris : A. Guèrinet, [19--?]

Pochoir pattern book of Art deco textile designs- geometrics, birds, flowers. Issued in portfolio. One of 5 listed holdings in the world, each of the sixteen plates illustrates multiple Art Deco designs for textiles, illustrating birds, flowers, and geometric patterns of the period. Twelve of the plates were colored using the pochoir technique and are as vibrant today as they were when printed. A valuable source of inspiration for the textile designers that visit the Cooper-Hewitt Design Library.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Clarice Peters. View Bookplate

The water-babies: a fairy tale for a land-baby by the Rev. Charles Kingsley...; with illustrations by J. Noel Paton...

by Charles Kingsley. Boston: T.O.H.P. Burnham; New York: O.S. Felt..., 1864.

This moral fable about a young chimney sweep who turns into a “water baby” after a falling into a river, was written for children and first appeared in Macmillan’s Magazine in 1863. The Rev. Charles Kingsley, who, in addition to being an author, was a professor, historian, and an amateur scientist, used it as a platform to discuss moral education and ideas about social reform. Kingsley was also receptive to Darwin’s recently published ideas about evolution, and he features such debates among leading biologists in the novel.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Michael Burke. View Bookplate

Illustrated & descriptive catalogue: A. Siebe, inventor of the close diving dress: established 1820...

by Siebe & Gorman. London: Siebe & Gorman, [1870?]

Siebe & Gorman, a British company founded in 1820 by German-born Augustus Siebe, is noted for its diving and underwater breathing equipment. In 1837 Siebe devised innovative improvements to existing diving dress and thus created the first effective, commercially successful closed diving helmet and suit, the prototype of those still in use today. This catalogue, dating from about 1870, contains glowing testimonials and several illustrations of the product's use including underwater engineering and salvaging of shipwrecks.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Peter Kibbee. View Bookplate

Ein wintermarchen / / von Ernst Kreidolf.

(A Winter Fairy Tale) by Ernst Kreidof. Erlenbach-Zurich [etc.] : Rotapfelverlag, [c1924]

The Cooper-Hewitt has a large collection of 19th century illustrated children's books, in many languages. This is an Illustrated storybook book of a German winter fairy tale.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by William Rountree. View Bookplate

The new American practical navigator: being an epitome of navigation; Ninth new stereotype edition.

by Nathaniel Bowditch. New-York : Published by E. & G.W. Blunt, proprietors: Stereotyped at the Boston Type and Stereotype Foundry, 1837.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Harold Graul. View Bookplate

On the economy of machinery and manufactures

by Charles Babbage.

London: Charles Knight, 1832 [i.e. 1833].<

Babbage published On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures (1832), on the organization of industrial production. It was an influential early work of operational research in which Babbage developed the schematic classification of machines that, combined with discussion of factories, made up the first part of the book. The second part considered the "domestic and political economy" of manufactures.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Candace Cowan. View Bookplate

Die Vorrichtungskunst der Werkstühle : für die gesammte Seiden- und Wollen-Manufactur.

by Johann Georg Bartsch, Lehrer der Manufactur in Wien, 1832. [Vienna] : Lithogr.u.gedr.bei Al. Leykum am Neubau ..., [1832]

(Instructions and devices of the art factory chairs: for the whole silk-and wool-manufacturer.)

Two volume bound set of textile designs with woven or printed samples. The Cooper-Hewitt Design Library has in its collections many pattern and sample books and periodicals that contain actual textile swatches, a most valuable research tool for learning about weaves and textures. These 2 volumes contain 56 leaves of plates, some with mounted fabric samples. Extra illustration: 3 portions of plates dealing with fabric design, hand-colored and loosely inserted.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Deborah Farthing. View Bookplate

The Tiny Picture Book

Charlestown, Mass.: Published by George W. Hobbs, [188-?].

Small format alphabet primer.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Laura M. Poll. View Bookplate

History of the bucaniers of America.

by Alexandre Olivier Exquemelin. London, 1810.

Exquemelin's book on the buccaneers of America has been one of the most important and perennially popular sources of information on 17th-century piracy since it first appeared (in Dutch) in 1678. Its authority is based on the fact that Exquemelin was a buccaneer himself, serving as barber-surgeon with Henry Morgan, an admiral in the British Navy who became a privateer (some would say a pirate), marauding ruthlessly along the Spanish Main. This copy of a pocket-sized, 19th-century, English edition was owned by Alexander Wetmore, an ornithologist and Secretary of the Smithsonian (1945-1952).

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Allan Stypeck. View Bookplate

Methodus qua omnes detectos Lichenes. [plates only]

by Erik Acharius. Stockholm, 1803.

Acharius, one of Linnaeus's last students at the University of Uppsala in the 1770's, pioneered the study of lichens (symbiotic combinations of algae and fungus). He established their basic classification, naming hundreds of species and organizing them into 43 distinct genera based on microscopical analysis. This book is a second copy of the plates only, illustrating their anatomical structures in hand-colored engravings, which he drew and (for some of the 800 copies of the work) colored himself.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by James Mead. View Bookplate

The art of cookery made plain and easy...by a lady.

by Hannah Glasse. London, 1770.

Hannah Glasse first published her cookbook in 1747; intended for domestic servants and the common cook, rather than the "high style" recipes for professional chefs that had previously dominated the subject, it became the most popular cookbook through the rest of the 18th century and beyond. This copy of the 1770 edition was owned by James Smithson, a British gentleman-scientist and the Institution's founder, who noted his favorite recipes on the back paste-down.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by John Dick. View Bookplate

Lexicon technicum, or, An universal English dictionary of arts and sciences: explaining not only the terms of art, but the arts themselves... The second edition. (2 volumes).

by John Harris, John. London: Printed for Dan. Brown, Tim. Goodwin, John Walthoe, et al., 1708-1710.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by John Hoyda. View Bookplate

An essay towards a system of mineralogy

by Axel Fredric Cronstedt. London, 1770.

Cronstedt, a Swedish mineralogist, developed a new classification of minerals based on their chemical properties rather than their appearance, using the blowpipe for his chemical analyses. James Smithson, a gentleman-scientist and the Institution's founder, owned and annotated this copy of the English translation and became renowned for his expertise in the same analytical technique.

Adopted on January 13, 2014 by Peter Bedini in memory of Silvio A. Bedini. View Bookplate

Dr. Alexander Volta... über die thierische Elektrizität...

by Alessandro Volta. Prag: Bey Calve, 1796.

First German edition of Volta’s theory of electricity denying Galvani’s conclusions and affirming his own contact theory. Originally published as Nuova memoria sull'elettricità animale. Lettera terza.

Adopted on December 31, 2013 by Patricia Jernigan. View Bookplate

Théorie de la machine à vapeur.

by François-Marie Guyonneau de Pambour. Paris: Bachelier, 1839.

First edition of a fundamental work on the thermodynamics of the steam engine. Guyonneau de Pambour’s most important contribution to the theory of the steam engine dealt with the exact calculation of the work obtained under a given set of operating conditions.

Adopted on November 27, 2013 by Robert M. Vogel in honor of Robert P. Multhauf. View Bookplate

Représentation des fêtes données par la ville de Strasbourg pour la convalescence du Roi.

by Johann Martin Weis. Paris: Imprimé par Laurant Aubert, 1745.

This large format fête or festival book, one the most lavish published in mid-century 18th century France, was a Royal Souvenir of the ceremonies and festival architecture erected at Strasbourg for the entry of Louis XV, in October 1744. Engravings executed by Jacques-Phillipe Le Bas (1707-1783) after drawings by Johann Martin Weis (1711-1751), depict the royal procession, structures erected for the celebration, a fireworks display, portraits of notables, feasts, among other events. The illustrations are enhanced by fine engraved calligraphy and decorative borders throughout the book.

Adopted on November 27, 2013 by Helena Wright in honor of Stephen Van Dyk. View Bookplate

Experiments on animal electricity: with their application to physiology and some pathological and medical observations.

by Eusebius Valli. London: Printed for J. Johnson ... 1793.

An early work on electrophysiology and galvanism. Eusebio Valli studied the contraction of the muscles in a series of electrical stimulation experiments, much like his better known contemporaries, Alessandro Volta and Luigi Galvani. In this book the Italian Valli chose to present his observations in the English language.

Adopted on November 14, 2013 by Peter Bedini in honor of Silvio A. Bedini. View Bookplate

An history of animals: Containing descriptions of the birds, beasts, fishes, and insects, of the several parts of the world...

by John Hill. London, 1752.

Educated to be an apothecary, Hill published prodigiously on a wide array of subjects in the natural sciences. This book forms the third work in his General natural history (the other two being on plants and minerals), although it was intended to stand as an independent text. It is a small folio, illustrated with 28 full-page copperplate engravings.

Adopted on October 25, 2013 by Laura Peebles in honor of her sister, Dr. Hilary Petit DVM, 1962-2013. View Bookplate

Chimico esame degli esperimenti del sig. Gottling...sopre la luce del fosforo...

by Lazzaro Spallanzani.  Modena: Presso la Societe tipografica, 1796.

Best known for his studies in volcanology and meteorology, Spallanzani made discoveries and contributions in an extraordinary variety of scientific fields, including animal reproduction and digestive processes, echolocation in bats, the mechanics of stone-skipping, and – as here, in a critique the work of Johann Friedrich August Goettling – phosphorescence and bio-luminescence.  His experiments demonstrated the chemical, rather than structural, nature of those phenomena and concluded that the presence of water (specifically oxygen) was required.

Adopted on July 28, 2013 by Brandon Heck in honor of Nikki and Rick Heck. View Bookplate

Outlines of Astronomy

by John F. W. Herschel. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1851.

Sir John Frederick William Herschel (1792-1871) – astronomer, mathematician, and chemist – was one of the most important English scientists of the 19th century. In his Outlines of Astronomy, he provides a complex review of what was known of the physical world in his era. His textbook appeals to both the general and the specialist reader, as it discusses a range of phenomena, from Earth's basic characteristics to astronomy.

Adopted on July 26, 2013. A gift from Erika C. and William J. Nesbitt and Elizabeth R. Nesbitt. View Bookplate

Mécanique céleste

by Pierre-Simon Laplace. Boston: Hillard, Gray, Little, and Wilkins, 1829-1839.

Pierre-Simon Laplace was a mathematician who firmly believed the world was entirely deterministic. Like a man with a hammer to whom everything was a nail, to Laplace the universe was nothing but a giant problem in calculus. Laplace's Mécanique céleste (Celestial Mechanics), essentially translated Newton's geometrical study of mechanics by to one based on calculus.

Adopted on May 30, 2013 by William Theodor. View Bookplate

Harrison’s Town and Country

Practical illustrations of various combinations of Harrisons' "Town and country" ready mixed paints Harrison Bros. & Co. c1885.

This is a Cooper-Hewitt Museum Library folio of more than 40 illustrations of Victorian-era buildings designed by Hazelhurst & Huckel of Philadelphia –colored in “ready-mixed” paint shades created by Harrison & Bros (Philadelphia & New York). Product information on the paint shades for various parts of each building is included of the reverse side of each large chromolithographic plate.

Adopted on April 29, 2013 by Marilyn K. Shepherd. View Bookplate

The baby's opera : a book of old rhymes with new dresses

Engraved & printed in colours by Edmund Evans ; the music by the earliest masters. London & New York : George Routledge and Sons, [1877].

Walter Crane (1845-1915) was an English artist and book illustrator. He is considered to be the most prolific and influential children's book creator of his generation. His work featured some of the more colorful and child-in-the-garden motifs that would characterize nursery rhymes and children's stories for many years.

Adopted on March 19, 2013 by Carol Charnock in honor of her grandson, Thomas Aiden Charnock. View Bookplate

Wendingen - Frank Lloyd Wright issues, 1925-26

Santpoort [etc.] C. A. Mees [etc.]

Wendingen (Dutch:Inversions / Upheaval) was an art magazine that appeared from 1918 to 1932. It was a monthly publication aimed at architects and interior designers, but attention was also given to art and design. The magazine gained recognition not only through its content but also by its remarkable square format, the striking typography and beautiful covers.

Adopted on March 19, 2013 by WIlliam AtLee in honor of William K. AtLee, Sr. View Bookplate

Aladdin, or, The wonderful lamp

New York : McLoughlin Bros., [188-?]

A pantomime toy book - At the center of the text is a double-leaf chromolithographed centerfold showing a stage with musicians. Within the proscenium of the stage is a series of smaller leaves of plates in varying sizes illustrating the action of the story.

Adopted on March 19, 2013 by NAME in honor of Patti AtLee. View Bookplate

Letter from the Secretary of State, inclosing abstracts of all the returns made to him by the collectors of the different ports, of registered and impressed seamen...

United States. Dept. of State. [Philadelphia, Pa.] : Printed by W. Ross, in Locust-Street, between Walnut and Spruce, [1799].

...together with a report exhibiting abstracts of the communications received by him, from the agents employed by virtue of the "Act to revive and continue in force certain parts of the act for the relief and protection of American seamen," and to amend the same;" made in pursuance of the said act. 10th December, 1799, ordered, to lie on the table.

Adopted on March 19, 2013 by Jerry Birchmore in honor of Henry Birchmore. View Bookplate

The Prince of Wales and Other Famous Americans

by Miguel Covarrubias. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1925.

Covarrubias (1904-1957) was a Mexican American who established himself as a caricaturist of celebrities of the stage and screen and drew for many top magazines, especially Vanity Fair. This is his first book which was immensely popular and featured many celebrities and notables of the day, including Charlie Chaplin, Willa Cather, John Barrymore, Will Rogers, Eugene O'Neill, Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, and Pablo Picasso.

Adopted on March 19, 2013 by Joseph Kerr. View Bookplate

De Bijenkorf's–Gravenhag 

Amsterdam : Uitgegeven door de N.V. Vereenigde bureaux voor de uitgave van speciale werken, 1926.

De Bijenkorf (the beehive) was a department store designed by Pieter Kramer in The Hague and built between 1917 and 1928. It is considered an important example of Art Deco architecture in the Netherlands. It is also a useful source for the study of retailing and advertising. Hendrick Wijdeveld was a noted architectural critic who wrote for the magazine Wendingen.

Adopted on March 19, 2013 by Frances Mohr. View Bookplate

Ricerche sulle leggi termiche e galvanometriche delle scintille...

By Emilio Villari. [Rome: Coi tipi del Salviucci, 1879].

Villari's name is linked to studies on ferromagnetism and he is responsible for the discovery of the change of magnetic susceptibility of a material subjected to mechanical stress, a phenomenon known as the Villari effect. The Villari reversal is the change of sign of the magnetostriction of iron from positive to negative when the material is exposed to magnetic fields of approximately 40000 A/m (500 oersteds).

Adopted on March 19, 2013 by Frances Mohr. View Bookplate

Le cheval, extérieur régions, pied, proportions, aplombs, allures, age, aptitudes, robes, tares, vices, vente et achat, examen critique des œuvres d'art équestre

by Eugène Alix. Paris: J.B. Baillière, 1886.

This is a very rare 19th century anatomy book with 16 lithograph plates with movable parts revealing layers of muscles, bone structure and organs of a horse when a series of flaps are turned. The detailed text on all aspects of the anatomy of several breeds of horses is by veterinarian Eugène Alix. Colored plates along with those with movable parts were created by Édouard Cuyer, painter and anatomist at the National Art Academy at Paris and professor of anatomy at the Rouen Academy of Arts. Le cheval is a great example of a medical manual of the 19th century that employs illustrations with movable mechanisms to effectively teach anatomy.

Adopted on March 9, 2013 by Lowell Robinson. View Bookplate

Samoan dictionary…with a short grammar of the Samoan dialect

by George Pratt. Samoa: London Missionary Society’s Press, 1862.

The Reverend George Pratt, a missionary, lived in Samoa from 1839 to 1879 and was the first person to document the Samoan language. This book is the first edition of his classic dictionary, printed in Samoa itself on the Missionary Society’s press. This particular copy was owned by Otis T. Mason, curator of ethnology at NMNH from 1884 to 1908. It is the only copy in Washington DC, and only 12 other copies are known in all of the U.S.

Adopted on March 9, 2013 by Lowell Robinson. View Bookplate

A monograph of the works of McKim, Mead & White, 1879-1915

by McKim, Mead & White. New York: B. Blom, 1973.

McKim, Mead & White was one of the preeminent American architectural firms at the turn of the twentieth century. This classic monograph reproduces plans and facades some of the firm's most famous works such as the Washington Arch in Washington Square Park, New York City, the original Pennsylvania Station in New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum, New York City, The Boston Public Library, and the renovation of the White House in Washington, DC.

Adopted on Jan 11, 2013 by the Smithsonian Libraries for John Germano in honor of his service on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board 2010-2012. View Bookplate

Grundlagen der Chemie

by Mendeleyev, Dmitry Ivanovich. St. Petersburg: Carl Ricker, 1891.

This book contains the important discovery first published by the University of St. Petersburg in 1869. In it the author presented his arrangement showing the periodic character of the elements and their atomic weights. Such a table enabled him to predict the discovery of three unknown elements (gallium, scandium, and germanium) by their chemical and physical properties from their expected position in the table.

Adopted on Jan 11, 2013 by Raul Gonzalez. View Bookplate

Histoire des plantes de la Guiane Françoise [sic]...

by Fusée Aublet.  Paris: Didot, 1775.

Serving as Apothecary Botanist in the colony of French Guiana on the northern coast of South America, Aublet established a major herbarium of the flora of the region, which formed the basis for this seminal work on Neotropical botany.

Adopted on Nov 19, 2012 by Steve and Elizabeth Berry, The History Matters Foundation. View Bookplate

Adversaria anatomica omnia...

by Giambattista Morgagni. Lugduni Batavorum: Apud Johannem Arnoldium Langerak, 1741.

Adversaria anatomica is a series of observations on fine anatomy, particularly human internal organs. Morgagni’s profoundly intriguing intellect is apparent even in this early work.

Adopted on Nov 19, 2012 by Steve and Elizabeth Berry, The History Matters Foundation. View Bookplate

Opticks

by Isaac Newton. London: Sam. Smith and Benj. Walford , 1704.

This important work in the history of science is the classical formulation and first full presentation of Newton’s corpuscular, or emission theory of light. Newton delayed the publication of the book for several years to avoid possible unpleasant debates over priority with contemporary scientist and frequent adversary, Robert Hooke.

Adopted on Nov 19, 2012 by Steve and Elizabeth Berry, The History Matters Foundation. View Bookplate

Istoria natural del Casentino: Con la vera teoria della terra

by Luigi Tramontani.  Firenze: Nella Stamperia della Carita’, 1800-1802.

A scarce work on the natural history of the Casentino valley – held by only 4 libraries in the U.S. – these two volumes describe the botany, zoology, and geology of the long valley in northeastern Tuscany which contains centuries-old forests (now a national park) and the head-springs the Arno river.

Adopted on Nov 19, 2012 by Steve and Elizabeth Berry, The History Matters Foundation. View Bookplate

Systema entomologiae, sistens insectorum classes, genera, species : pars I

by Buchecker, Heinrich. München [Munich], 1876.

Held by fewer than 10 libraries in the U.S., Buchecker’s work consists largely of hand-colored plates of dragonflies and damselflies; our copy lacks covers, the pages have come loose, and the brittle paper is breaking into shards. The title page is torn and needs repair; the brittle paper should be encapsulated in mylar for protection; and a custom protective enclosure must be built to house the fragile item.

Adopted on Nov 19, 2012 by Gail Enfiajian In Honor of Eliana and Mateo Hirschfield. View Bookplate

Wine, women, and song; mediaeval Latin students' songs

by John Addington Symonds. London: Chatto & Windus, 1884.

A moiré silk-lined wood box with metal clasp was created to encase this elaborately ornamented volume bound by the English firm of Sangorski & Sutcliffe around 1900. This case and the binding that features Moroccan gold stipple and tool binding with amethyst gems is a rare and early example of the fine craftsmanship of the firm.

Adopted on Sept 24, 2012 by Arlene & Sheldon Holen. View Bookplate

Illustrations of the nests and eggs of birds of Ohio

by Howard Jones. London: Circleville, Ohio, [1879-] 1886.

This over-sized, two-volume book of hand-colored lithographs was the extraordinary achievement of a young woman and her family in Ohio in the 1880s.  The accuracy and detail of the illustrations of birds’ nests and eggs is un-precedented, and the text by her brother provides thorough field notes on the bird species, geographical distributions, and migration patterns.

Adopted on Sept 14, 2012 by Steven Jonnes in Honor of Nelson Jonnes. View Bookplate

Systema naturae; sistens regna tria naturae, in classes et ordines, genera et species redacta tabulisque aeneis illustrata... (7th ed.)

by Carl von Linné. Lipsiae: impensis G. K, 1748.

In his classic work Systema naturae (The system of nature) Carl von Linné (1707-1778), better known as Linnaeus, brought order out of chaos in the natural sciences of the 18th century by developing a system of scientific nomenclature that quickly became – and still remains – the international standard. For zoology the key text is the tenth edition published in 1758, but the history of the work's publication, and the comparison of the texts from the exceedingly rare first edition of 1735 (7 folio sheets) through the 13th edition (3 volumes in 8) edited by Gmelin, provides important information to modern researchers in museum taxonomy and systematics. The Cullman Library holds the 1st in facsimile, 2nd, 6th, 9th, 10th, 12th, and 13th; adding the 4th and the 7th will help to fill SIL's set of the editions.

Adopted on Sept 13, 2012 by Anonymous. View Bookplate

Auctoritates...

by Aristotle. Manuscript with annotations in red ink, ca.1450.

This early handwritten book was put on paper in the era when printing started in the Western world. It comprises selected citations by Ancient authors extracted from philosophical and metaphysical books. Its traditionally presumed editor and compiler is Aristotle.

Adopted on September 13, 2012. A gift from Erika C. and William J. Nesbitt and Elizabeth R. Nesbitt. View Bookplate

Il manoscritto messicano vaticano 3738, detto il Codice Rios, riprodotto in fotocromografia a spese di sua eccellenza il duca di Loubat per cura della Biblioteca Vaticana.

Roma: Danesi, 1900.

Another work donated to the Smithsonian by the Duc de Loubat, who funded its publication, this tall folio volume is a chromo-photographic facsimile of the Codex Ríos, an Italian translation and augmentation of a Spanish colonial-era manuscript, the Codex Telleriano-Remensis, held in the Vatican's incomparable library.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Michael Hoagland in honor of Mary Augusta Thomas. View Bookplate

Botanicon Etruscum: Sistens plantas in Etruria sponte crescentis.

by Gaetano Savi. Pisis: Typis Paynerii Prosperi, 1808-1825.

This work describes the plants of Tuscany and Umbria; it is one of several works on the flora of Italy by the Italian naturalist Savi who taught botany and directed the botanic garden at the University of Pisa. Our copy is from the library of Prof. Jerry Stannard and was donated in his memory. Two volumes of four.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Keith and Kathy Boi. View Bookplate

Il manoscritto Messicano Vaticano 3773. [Codex Vaticanus Lat. 3773.]

Roma: Stabilimento Danesi, 1896.

Donated to the Smithsonian by the Duc de Loubat, who funded its publication, this small book is a chromo-photographic facsimile of a Nahua manuscript describing the 260-day ritual cycle of the Aztec calendar. Also identified as Codex Vaticanus B, it is the only hand-painted book of the Borgia Group (primarily religious manuscripts from central Mexico) to retain the complete original appearance of a Pre-Columbian codex.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Thomas Coolidge in honor of Eleanor J. Coolidge. View Bookplate

Romanae magnitudinis monumenta, quae urbem iliam orbis dominam velut rediviam exhibent posteritati...

by Domenico de Rossi. Romae, 1699.

This oblong folio consists of 138 engravings by Pietro Santi Bartoli and Giacomo Lauro, illustrating the palazzi, churches, monuments, arenas, statues, and public scenes of Rome in the 17th century, with explanatory text. Originally engraved by Lauro for a 1637 publication, the plates were adapted by Santi Bartoli, who added 16 more to make up this set.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Alan Kabat. View Bookplate

Caratteri di alcuni nuovi generi e nuove specie di animali e piante della Sicilia: Con varie osservazioni sopra i medesimi.

by Constantine Samuel Rafinesque. Palermo: Per le stampe di Sanfilippo, 1810.

Rafinesque is one of the more eccentric, polymathic, and under-appreciated figures in the history of the natural sciences. Born in Constantinople in 1783 and self-educated as a youth in Marseilles, he settled for a time in Italy (where he researched, wrote, and published this work on the plants and animals, primarily the fishes, of Palermo.)

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by M. G. Harasewych. View Bookplate

Vestigia delle terme di Tito

by Marco Carloni. A Roma : Presso Ludovico Mirri ..., [1776?]

An ornate album of engravings in the Cooper-Hewitt Museum Library depicting the stunning frescos found on the walls of The Baths of Titus at Nero's Domus Aureus (Golden House) first excavated in 1460. Carloni's beautifully rendered plates faithfully capture the ancient Roman grotesque style, which became a hallmark of Renaissance Art influencing and inspiring such artists as Michelangelo and Raphael.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Richard Choi. To My Lovely Wife, Claudia Perry. View Bookplate

D'Amboinsche rariteitkamer

by Georg Eberhard Rumpf. Amsterdam, 1741.

This is one of the most famous books on shells, by one of the most important naturalists of the pre-Linnaean period. Rumpf was employed by the Dutch East India Company in the mid-1600s and sent to the island of Amboina (Ambon) in what is now eastern Indonesia.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by James G. Mead. View Bookplate

Pamphlet binding: Beschreibung mehrerer neuer wenig gekannter Arten des Geschlechtes Arcanthurus, im stillen Ocean...

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.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Michael Hoagland in honor of Joseph Kolb View Bookplate

Uccelliera, overo, Discorso della natura, e proprieta di diversi uccelli: e in particolare di que'che cantano: con il modo di prendergli, conoscergli, allevargli, e mantenergli.

by Giovanni Pietro Olina. Roma: Appresso Andrea Fei, 1622.

One of the earliest books with engravings of birds, which allow finer depictions than wood-cuts, this is the first edition of a classic work that focuses on identifying, catching, and training song-birds. It is densely illustrated with engravings depicting the birds as well as scenes of hawking, fowling, and bird-catching.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by John Furth. View Bookplate

Sulle cicerchie: Memoria letta nell'adunanza della R. Accademia dei Georgofili di Firenze il di'3. agosto 1785.

by Ottaviano Targioni Tozzetti. Firenze: Nella Stamperia sulla Piazza de Pitti, 1793.

This publication on the wild chickpea is one of the books in James Smithson's personal library, now preserved in SIL's Cullman Library. Only one other library in the U.S. (and only seven world-wide) holds the work. Targioni Tozzetti, a professor of botany at the University of Pisa, was a contemporary of Smithson's and probably met him through their shared interest in mineralogy and mineral collecting during one of Smithson's periodic visits to Italy.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by William Hopkins in honor Richard Anderson and William Hopkins. View Bookplate

Italian Renaissance: photographs.

ca. 1900.

A rare collection of early photographs, some hand colored, probably made for tourists in Italy. This volume is the only known copy worldwide, according to the OCLC/WorldCat database, which records items held in publicly accessible libraries.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Joseph Salcetti and Peg Lower in honor of Roberto Salicetti and Katerina Detragiache Salicetti. View Bookplate

Italian scenery from drawings made in 1817

by Elizabeth Frances Batty. London: Published by Rodwell and Martin, New Bond Street, 1820.

Elizabeth Frances Batty (active from ca.1809) was the sister of army officer and artist Robert Batty (1788-1848). Though, like her sibling, she was a member of the Royal Academy, little is known of her biographically. The volume is one of the finest steel-engraved illustrated books of the 19th century.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Simone Bemporad in honor of Maria Bemporad. View Bookplate

General donation to the Smithsonian Libraries Collections.

Donation on September 13, 2012 by Ramona Howerton.

Genera et species Asterearum.

by Christian Gottfried Nees von Esenbeck. Norimberg, 1833.

A German botanist and taxonomist who served as the President of the Akademie der Naturforscher "Leopoldina" (now the German National Academy of Sciences) from 1818 until his death in 1858, Nees von Esenbeck was a prolific researcher who described for science almost 7,000 species of plants.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Ieva O'Rourke and Vija Karklins. View Bookplate

Scene di Venezia

by P.G. Morolin. Venezia : Presso l'editore, 1845

The Cooper- Hewitt Library owns many travel guides, collected by the museum founders, the Hewitt Sisters. This is from The library of Sarah Cooper Hewitt, presented in memory of her father Abram S. Hewitt and her sister Eleanor Garnier Hewitt.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Johanna Thompson in honor of my parents. View Bookplate

Musæum Septalianum : Manfredi Septalæ ... industrioso labore constructum ...

by Paolo Maria Terzago. Dertonæ: Typis filiorum qd. Elisei Violæ, 1664.

Catalog of the holdings of the Museo Settala in Milan. The museum collection comprises natural history, archaeological, and mineralogical items. The volume is illustrated with an extraordinary folded copperplate engraving. An owner of the book, who was interested in magnets, made a note on the first free endsheet referring to pages that describe magnets in the volume.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Barksdale Penick. View Bookplate

Breve notizia di un viaggiatore sulle incrostazioni silicee termali d'Italia,e specialmente di quelle dei Campi Flegrei nel Regno di Napoli. With: Breve catalogo di alcuni prodotti ritrovati nell' ultima eruzione del Vesuvio.

By William Thomson. Rome?: s.n., 1795.

This small pamphlet in James Smithson's library is by his friend and fellow mineralogist, William Thomson, who gave it to him. Thomson had settled in Italy after university, and Smithson visited him there periodically during his travels. Held in the U.S. uniquely by SIL, it presents a brief report on the thermal siliceous encrustations at the Campo Flegrei near Naples and is followed by a catalog of the lavas, crystals, minerals, and other materials that Thomson collected from the spectacular eruption of Vesuvius in June 1794, a selection of which he sent to Smithson.

Adopted on September 13, 2012. A gift from Erika C. and William J. Nesbitt and Elizabeth R. Nesbitt. View Bookplate

Natural magick by John Baptista Porta, a Neapolitane ; in twenty books .... Wherein are set forth all the riches and delights of the natural sciences

by Giambattista della Porta. London: Printed for Thomas Young, and Samuel Speed, and are to be sold at the three Pigeons, and at the Angel in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1658.

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.

September 13, 2012 by Anne Heanue. View Bookplate

General donation to the Smithsonian Libraries Cullman Library.

Donation on September 13, 2012 by Katherine Brill.

Observations on the temple of Serapis at Pozzuoli near Naples.

by Charles Babbage. [London?]: privately printed, 1847.

The book was written "with an attempt to explain the causes of the frequent elevation and depression of large portions of the Earth's surface in remote periods, and to prove that those causes continue in action at the present time."

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Allan Stypeck. View Bookplate

Ioannis Poleni in gymnasio Patavino matheseos prof. ... Epistolarum mathematicarum fasciculus.

By Giovanni Poleni. Patavii: Ex Typographia Seminarii, 1729.

Poleni as a young man showed brilliance in a wide variety of different subjects and it was clear that he was extraordinarily talented. His parents encouraged him to begin a judicial career but, after being introduced to mathematics and science by his father, it was clear that he had now found the subjects which gave him most satisfaction. His published works appeared also in these fields.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by Mark Pankin in honor of Nicholas James Perdue on the Date of His Birth 9/13/2012. View Bookplate

Cefalogia fisonomica divisa in dieci deche: doue conforme à'documenti d'Aristotile, e d'altri folisofi naturali, con brevi discorsi, e diligent osservationi si esaminano le fisonomie...

by Cornelio Ghirardelli. Bologna: Presson gli Heredi di Eva[n]gelista Dozza e Compagni, 1630.

Ghirardelli, a Franciscan monk living in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, wrote on a number of subjects now considered pseudo-sciences, including astrology and physiognomy, the notion that a person's character is revealed in their physical (especially facial) appearance.

Adopted on September 13, 2012 by John Hoyda. View Bookplate

Elements

by Euclid. Pisavri: apud Camillvm Francischinvm, 1572.

Euclid's Elements is by far the most famous mathematical work of classical antiquity, and also has the distinction of being the world's oldest continuously used mathematical textbook. Little is known about the author, beyond the fact that he lived in Alexandria around 300 BCE. The main subjects of the work are geometry, proportions, and number theory.

Adopted on September 12, 2012 by Linda Blancato in honor of Charles R. Rothe, Master Bookbinder. View Bookplate

The cyclopaedia: or, Universal dictionary of arts and sciences and literature... First American edition.

by Abraham Rees. Philadelphia: Samuel F. Bradford, et al., [1806-1824].

Rescued by SIL staff on its way to a dumpster, this set of the American edition of Rees’s classic encyclopedia, though incomplete (63 half-volumes [of 85?), survives in its printed-paper boards with paper spine labels, as it was originally issued. All of the title pages for the set are in one of the final three volumes that were meant to be taken apart so that the individual title pages could be matched with the appropriate volumes of text (and the printed boards thrown away) by the bookbinder. This set was never bound, and its 63 (of an estimated 85) half-volumes remain as they were originally issued to purchasers – a most unusual survival.

Adopted on July 6, 2012 by James Mead. View Bookplate

Ostéographie, ou, Description iconographique comparée du squelette et du système dentaire des Mammifères récents et fossils...

by Henri-Marie Ducrotay de Blainville. Paris, 1839-1865.

Blainville worked at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, where he clashed with his colleague Georges Cuvier, the great anatomist and paleontologist, over the concept of evolution. Originally issued in parts over a 26-year period, Blainville’s study of the comparative anatomy of modern and fossil mammals ultimately formed four volumes of text and four of plates.

Adopted on March 23, 2012 by Mary Augusta and George Thomas in honor of Tom Garnett, Director of the Biodiversity Heritage Library on the occasion of his retirement, March 23, 2012. View Bookplate

Elektrisches Fernsehen, Fernkinematographie und Bildfernübertragung.

by Walter Friedel. Berlin: H. Meusser, 1925.

A profusely illustrated rare volume about the “electrical television, distant cinematography, and image transfer,” i.e. television, photography, and cinematography. Friedel, a government official and member of the patent office, discusses the theory and methods of how to transmit images through mirrors, prism-lenses and tubes.

Adopted on March 6, 2012 by Linda Gooden. View Bookplate

Hints for preserving objects of natural history

by Spencer F. Baird. Carlisle, PA: Gitt & Hinckley, 1846.

While a professor at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, only a few years after he had been a student there himself, Spencer Baird published these instructions for collecting specimens of plants and animals. Two years later, Baird was selected to be the Assistant Secretary of the newly-founded Smithsonian Institution.

Adopted on February 24, 2012 by Hope Furth in honor of Mary Furth. View Bookplate

In sphaeram Joannis de Sacro Bosco commentarius

By Christoph Clavius. Romae: Apud Victorinum Helianum, 1570.

This first edition of Clavius's commentaries on Sacrobosco's Sphaera opens a fascinating window into the transitional time period of the early scientific revolution: the change from the earth-centered to the heliocentric world view, from Ptolemaism to Copernicanism.

Adopted on January 25, 2012 by Lowell Robinson. View Bookplate

General donation to the Adopt-a-book program.

Donation on January 24, 2012 by Ruth Webb.

Delle scoperte e delle opere di Alessandro Volta

By Giovanni Battista Pianciani. Roma: Nella stamperia del Giornale arcadico, presso Antonio Boulzaler, 1829.

A collection of the works of Giovanni Battista Pianciani (1784 - 1862), an Italian Jesuit and lover of physics and the sciences. He was professor of chemistry and physics at the Collegio Romano but later in his life thought theology as well. This collection, which contains four shorter treatises bound together, discusses topics in electricity and meteorology.

Adopted on December 23, 2011 by Peter Bedini in honor of Silvio Bedini. View Bookplate

Story of Hollywood.

by Croswell, Mary E. [Hollywood, Calif.] : Hollywood Board of Trade, [c1905].

The story of Hollywood before, in 1911, the Nestor Company opened the town's first film studio in an old tavern on the corner of Sunset and Gower. Illustrated by Ethel Phoebe Bailey. 32 p. : ill.

Adopted on November 20, 2011 by Martin Kalfatovic in honor of Mary C. Kalfatovic. View Bookplate

Cabinets de curiosites, collections, collectionneurs.

by Robert Delpire.  Paris:  Librairie Paul Jammes, 1990.

This scarce bibilography of 16th-19th century natural history curiosity cabinets is one of the most complete references available on the subject of wunderkammer.  The Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Library of Natural History has a comprehensive collection of not only curiosity cabinet catalogues published in thier own time, but also an in depth collection of books that detail the collection and assemblage of such cabinets.  This book is an invaluable compliment to the study of early museums and natural history collecting.

Adopted on November 17, 2011 by Barbara Smith in honor of SIL Staff. View Bookplate

Esquisses ornithologiques: Descriptions et figures d'oiseaux nouveaux ou peu connus.

by Bernard Aimé Léonard, vicomte duBus de Gisignies. Bruxelles, [1845-1848].

A Dutch/Belgian ornithologist and paleontologist, du Bus amassed a private collection of almost 2500 bird specimens upon which he based this work and which he donated to the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences when he became its director in 1846. Describing and illustrating species new to Western science, the Esquisses ornithologiques was issued in parts, with five hand-colored lithographs and corresponding text in each; SIL holds the first three parts (of seven total), with their original printed wrappers.

Adopted on November 8, 2011 by Fay Taylor. View Bookplate

The castle of Otranto, a Gothic story.

by Horace Walpole. Parma: Bodoni for Edwards, 1791.

First published under a pseudonym and presented as a "found" manuscript in 1764, this fictional work by the son of a British Prime Minister is generally considered the first Gothic novel. This story of ancient prophecy, inheritance and intrigue has many fantastic and romantic elements. Later editions (like this one) were openly attributed to author Horace Walpole in the preface. Our copy has a hidden fore-edge painting (a decorative scene painted directly on the edge of the text block, then gilt) of a landscape.

Adopted on November 1, 2011 by John McCutcheon and Carmen Agra Deedy. View Bookplate

Dailogo...

by Galileo Galilei. Fiorenza: Per G. Batista Landini, 1632.

Galileo’s Dialogo is one of the most famous books of the history of science. Presented in the form of scientific dialogue, this book contrasts the contradictory worldviews of Ptolemy and Copernicus, arguing for the latter, the heliocentric theory. For this Galileo was tried and imprisoned, and the book was suppressed. It was placed on the Index, the list of prohibited books, by the Catholic Church where it remained until 1822.

Adopted on October 15, 2011 by Gail Enfiajian. Given in Honor of the Enfiajian Family Grandchildren. View Bookplate

Journal of a voyage to Greenland, in the year 1821.

by George William Manby. London, 1823.

Primarily an inventor credited with developing the breeches buoy for rescuing people from shipwrecks, Manby sailed to Greenland, via Spitzbergen and Iceland, to test an experimental whaling harpoon. The book he wrote about the voyage describes the flora and fauna of those Arctic regions, as well as the whaling industry in the early 19th century. Its 20 plates and map, printed by Hullmandel, are among the earliest examples of lithography in England.

Adopted on October 3, 2011 by Katherine Neville. View Bookplate

Lectures on the science of astronomy, explanatory and demonstrative: which were first delivered at various places in New-Jersey, in the year 1820.

By David Young, Morris-town [N.J.]: Printed for the author, by J. Mann, 1821.

Young was a resident of Hanover Township, Morris County, and is best known as a prolific calculator of almanacs, his name appearing on scores of them from 1809 until his death in 1852 (and even after his death).

Adopted on May 22, 2011 by Charles Lada. View Bookplate

Archimedis opera quae extant. Novis demonstrationibus commentariisquae illustrata.

by Archimedes; David Rivault, editor. Paris: Claude Morel, 1615.

First edition of the most influential seventeenth century edition of Archimedes' complete works. The book contains the Greek text with facing Latin translation and has extensive and detailed commentaries by Rivault. It was still regarded as the best edition in 1670 when Sturm made his German translation.

Adopted on March 27, 2011 by Lowell Robinson. View Bookplate

Designs for the pavillon at Brighton.

by H. Repton. London: j. c. Stadler, 1808.

Humphry Repton, an eighteenth-century English landscape designer, developed several highly illustrated books on British gardens and architecture such as this colorful plan for the royal pavilion in Brighton.

Adopted on March 25, 2011 by Edith W. MacGuire. View Bookplate

The history of physic.

by J. Friend. London: Printed for J Walthoe, 1726-1727.

The two volumes contain a comprehensive overview on the history of medicine from the ancient Greek and Roman times to the beginning of the sixteenth century. (The word 'physick,' in the eighteenth century still meant 'medicine.') This is the second edition of this work, corrected and improved.

Adopted on July 1, 2010 by Winfred O. Ward in honor of his family. View Bookplate

Encyclopedia of the scientific revolution: from Copernicus to Newton.

by Wilbur Applebaum, editor. New York: Garland, 2000.

An indispensible reference book in history of science and technology libraries.

Adopted on June 25, 2010 by George Gwynn Hill. View Bookplate

General donation to the Adopt-a-book program.

Donation on May 28, 2010 by John Doyle.

Des Ritters Carl von Linne...vollstandigen Natursystem...

by Linne, Carl von. 1773.

This work is volume 3 of a German translation of the 12th edition of Linnaeus's Systema naturae, the last and most comprehensive edition produced in Linnaeus's lifetime. This book has suffered damage from rodents, is stained, and its original binding has deteriorated. The pages need to be specially cleaned, flattened, and their damaged areas repaired; it will need to be disbound, re-sewn, and properly rebound.

Adopted on April 13, 2010 by Gail Enfiajian in honor of Bill May. View Bookplate

The pocket companion, or, Every man his own lawyer.

by a Gentleman of the bar. Philadelphia : Printed and published by M'Carty and Davis, no. 171 Market Street, 1841..

"Laid down in so plain a manner, that the farmer, mechanic, apprentice, or school boy, can draw any instrument of writing, without the assistance of an attorney; prefaced with several pages of script; showing a correct form in which an instrument of writing should be drawn, and to instruct those who wish to improve their hand writing at leisure hours, at home, without the instruction of a teacher."

Adopted on December 11, 2009 by Hope Furth in Honor of R. Todd Lang. View Bookplate

Illustrations of architecture and ornament.

by J.B. Waring ... London, Day & son [1865].

This large format volume is mid-nineteenth century work on architectural details: decoration and ornament. The elegant copperplate illustrations were drawn and etched by the author.

Adopted in July, 2009 by Suzanne Carroll. View Bookplate

Information for the people: or, Treasury of useful knowledge

by Robert Sears. New York, R. Sears, 1847.

[The book comprises] "large amount of interesting and instructive reading, designed for popular use: including choice collections in history, geography, agriculture and rural economy, natural history, biography, the arts and sciences, etc. ... illustrated by numerous engravings."

Adopted in July 2009 by Mary Augusta Thomas in memory of Richard G. Thomas. View Bookplate