exhibition will be on display in the Constitution Avenue lobby of
the National Museum of Natural History from May 24 to the end of
are centuries-old natural history books vital to scientific research?
Our scientists consult early printed materials to compare historical
descriptions with modern specimens. These researchers use the rare
book collection of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries' new Joseph
F. Cullman, 3rd, Library of Natural History.
Vincent's (1658-1727) Elenchus tabularum,
pinacothecarum, atque nonnullorum cimeliorum . . .
Haarlem:Sumptibus auctoris, 1719
like that of Dutch merchant Levin Vincent,
evolved over the centuries into modern museums