This is a very good hardcover. 1934 Smithsonian Institute Scientific Series, Volume Four. This copy is very clean inside and out. Inside pages are very clean with only a hint of light natural tanning from age. No foxing or markings seen. The binding is tight and straight. The maroon hardcover boards are also very good, clean with only a hint of shelf wear. Maroon boards have gold design and feature stamped Smithsonian Institute Washington seal on front cover. Gold title/series/author lettering along spine. Medium octavo size or 6.5" x 9.5" with 309 pages including index. This edition features rough cut page edges giving it a look of fine antique binding.
The Smithsonian Scientific Series was originally published in 1929 and consisted of 12 volumes. This is Volume 1 of the Series. The editor in chief was Charles Greeley Abbot, Secretary of the Smithsonian at the time. This edition title is; The Smithsonian Institute by Webster Prentiss True, Editor of the Smithsonian Institute. This first volume in the series feature talks about everything Smithsonian. Contents include; What is The Smithsonian, The United States National Museum, Reservoirs and Streams of Knowledge, Our National Zoo, Preserving the Vanishing Story of the Indians, National Gallery of Art, Freer Gallery of Art, What People Want to Know and more. Part Two of this volume includes; James Smithsonian and His Will, Richard Rush and The Gold, How Congress Established The Smithsonian, Eight Great Regents, Four Great Secretaries, The Beginnings of the Weather Bureau, Origin of the Fisheries and Conclusion. Over 75 plates of vintage photos or illustrations grace the book throughout.
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