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An Odyssey in Print: Adventures in the…

An Odyssey in Print: Adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries

by Mary Augusta Thomas

Other authors: Michael Dirda (Contributor), Nancy E. Gwinn (Foreword), Storrs L. Olson (Contributor)

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I love this book. It is an ode to books, fabulously printed & bound...it even has a fancy-pants ribbon page marker. The first half is composed of two essays, but the second half is almost a catalog of really mind-blowing and fanciful things...reading it was like a dream. ( )
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"Situated at the center of the world's largest museum complex, the Smithsonian Institution Libraries links the twenty-two libraries that support Smithsonian museums and research centers into one system encompassing 1.5 million books and manuscripts. The expansive collection includes many rare and unusual works equal to the celebrated art and artifacts of the Smithsonian's museums." "This illustrated accompaniment to a new Smithsonian Libraries exhibition of the same name provides a three-part expedition through the collection. The first presents works such as a 1511 edition of Ptolemy's Liber geographiae (Book of geography) and the pop-up book Buck Rogers, 25th Century, featuring Buddy and Allura in "Strange Adventures in the Spider Ship" to illustrate how the world has been imagined, seen, and recorded by Europeans and Americans. The second journey explores how scientists have extended our understanding of the world, and includes a 1641 edition of Galileo's Systema cosmicum (System of the world) and a copy of Walden inscribed by Henry David Thoreau to Spencer Baird, then assistant secretary of the newly founded Smithsonian Institution. The final section journeys through the imaginations of artists, architects, and book designers, presenting among many pictorially rich selections a 1535 edition of Albrecht Durer's Institutionum geometricarum (Geometric instruction) and Doxford Opposed Piston Oil Engine, a paper-and-board pamphlet with movable pistons and levers from 1922."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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