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R.H. Goddard: A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes

Robert Hutchings Goddard’s "A method of reaching extreme altitudes," published 1919 in Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, is considered the first practical treatise on the use of rockets for space travel. Goddard is also credited with building the world’s first liquid-fuel rocket and is widely considered the person who ushered in the space-age.

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Random records of a lifetime, 1846-1931, by W.H. Holmes, volume 1.

William Henry Holmes' life and work covers pivotal moments in scientific exploration across the United States and the development of the Smithsonian Institution.

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Random records of a lifetime, 1846-1931, by W.H. Holmes, volume 2.

William Henry Holmes' life and work covers pivotal moments in scientific exploration across the United States and the development of the Smithsonian Institution.

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Random records of a lifetime, 1846-1931, by W.H. Holmes, volume 3.

William Henry Holmes' life and work covers pivotal moments in scientific exploration across the United States and the development of the Smithsonian Institution.

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Random records of a lifetime, 1846-1931, by W.H. Holmes, volume 5.

William Henry Holmes' life and work covers pivotal moments in scientific exploration across the United States and the development of the Smithsonian Institution.

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Random records of a lifetime, 1846-1931, by W.H. Holmes, volume 8.

William Henry Holmes' life and work covers pivotal moments in scientific exploration across the United States and the development of the Smithsonian Institution.

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Scrapbook of early aeronautica / collected by William Upcott

Binder's title Collection of prints, newspaper and journal clippings, mss., separately published tracts, and printed ephemera (in various sizes) connected with the early years of aeronautics, primarily ballooning Arranged in roughly chronological order, e.g., v. 1 has material mostly from ca. 1783-1802; v. 2 mostly from 1785-1837; and v. 3 mostly from 1837-1840. However, each v. also includes materials from dates outside of these ranges Page [423] is signed: "William Upcott of Islington, collector of engravings connected with aerostation." Text mostly in English, with some French language materials Originally unbound. cf. Cat. of the Library of W. Upcott, London, 1846.

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Vauban's Traitté des siéges et de l'attaque des places

Sébastien Vauban (1633-1707) was the premier military engineer of his age and revolutionized siege warfare. Vauban's manuscript dates towards later in his life, from around 1700-1707. The title of the manuscript Traitté des siéges et de l'attaque des places: Traitté de la deffense des places roughly translates to Treatise on sieges and the attack of places: Treatise of the defense of places. The manuscript contains a letter from Vauban to the Duke of Burgundy, and is divided into two parts with the first on attack of places and the second on defense of places. After the second part, there are a number of hand-painted illustrations of fortifications and attack plans.

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W.S. Merrill Manuscript: Private Receipts

W.S. Merrill’s 1878 Private Receipts Book, a manuscript containing recipes for remedies, is a portal into the medical needs of 19th century New England. Druggists, as opposed to formal medical practitioners, were just becoming respected professionals about this time after years of often being consigned to quackery. From his druggist shop in the First National Bank Building in Danvers, Massachusetts, Merrill mixed powders and tinctures for everything from cologne to coughs to poison ivy and hair loss. Whether a ‘simple elixir’ was needed or the client was a cow with sore udders, Merrill had a recipe at hand. A volunpeer has provided this helpful resource for translating the meaning of each apothecary/pharmacist symbol: http://www.textcreationpartnership.org/docs/dox/medical.html.

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Wiener Farbenkabinet - Manual on Preparation of Colors, 1794

One of only four known copies in the United States, this early manual on the preparation of colors contains 2,592 hand-colored natural dye specimens, along with details on how to apply them to silk, cotton, wool, leather, wood, bone, paper, and many other materials. Published in 1794 by Johann Ferdinand Ritter von Schönfeld, this manual reveals an extraordinary system of calibrated, named and numerated colors. This multi-volume guidebook is a valuable resource for conservators and anyone interested in color materials, techniques and applications. Printed in German Blackletter typeface Fraktur dating to the early sixteenth century, it is not machine-readable and requires transcription. A key provided in the page linked here will assist transcribers in identifying the appropriate Roman alphabet letters. To explore the fully digitized collection, visit here. The Smithsonian Institution Libraries digitally sponsored this book. To find out more information about this book and many others please visit the Smithsonian Institute Research Information System.

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