Science and the Artist's Book

An exhibition by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and the Washington Project for the Arts

Checklist of Works in the Exhibition

*Heralds of Science *Artist's Books

Heralds of Science

Georgius Agricola
De Re Metallica [On metallurgy]
Basel, Switzerland, 1621; first published 1556

Vannoccio Biringuccio
De la pirotechnia [On working with fire]
Venice, 1540

Nathaniel Bowditch
The New American Practical Navigator
Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1802

Tycho Brahe
Epistolarum Astronomicarum Libri [Collected letters on astronomy]
Uraniborg, Denmark, 1596

Ernst F.F. Chladni
Entdeckungen über die Theorie des Klanges [Discoveries concerning the theory of sound]
Leipzig, 1787

Marie Sklodowska Curie
"Recherches sur les substances radioactives" [Investigations into radioactive substances] in Annales de chimie et de physique
Paris, 1903

Charles Robert Darwin
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection
London, 1859

René Descartes
Discours de la méthode pour bien conduire sa raison et chercher la vérité dans les sciences [Discourse on a method for guiding reason, and discovering truth in the sciences]
Leiden, The Netherlands, 1637

Denis Diderot and Jean le Rond d'Alembert
Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers [Encyclopedia, or descriptive dictionary of the sciences, arts and crafts]
Paris, 1751-1780

Preclarissimus Liber Elementorum Artem Geometrie [The most excellent book of the Elements of Euclid ... on the art of geometry]
Venice, 1482

Domenico Fontana
Della trasportatione dell' obelisco vaticano [On the transportation of the Vatican obelisk]
Rome, 1590

Luigi Galvani
De Viribus Electricitatis in Motu Musculari Commentarius [Commentary on the effects of electricity on muscular motion]
Bologna, Italy, 1791

William Gilbert
De Magnete, Magneticisque Corporibus, et de Magno Magnete Tellure; Physiologia Nova [Concerning the magnet, magnetic bodies, and the Earth as a great magnet; a new science]
London, 1600

Johannes Hevelius
Machinae Coelestis Pars Prior [The celestial machine: The first part]
Danzig, Poland, 1673-1679

Robert Hooke
Micrographia: or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses
London, 1665

Christiaan Huygens
Systema Saturnium [The Saturnian system]
The Hague, Netherlands, 1659

Johannes de Ketham
Fasciculus Medicine [Medical treatise]
Venice, 1495

Marcello Malpighi
Anatome Plantarum [On the anatomy of plants]
London, 1675

Pliny the Elder
Historia naturalis [Natural history]
Venice, 1469

Agostino Ramelli
Le diverse et artificiose machine del Capitano Agostino Ramelli [The various and ingenious machines of Captain Agostino Ramelli]
Paris, 1588

Roberte Recorde
The Castle of Knowledge, Containing the Explication of the Sphere Bothe Celestiall and Materiall
London, 1556

Francesco Redi
Esperienze intorno alla generazione degl'insetti [Experiments on the generation of insects]
Florence, 1688; first published 1668

Christian Konrad Sprengel
Das entdeckte Geheimniss der Natur im Bau und in der Befruchtung der Blumen [The secret of nature in the form and fertilization of flowers discovered]
Berlin, 1793

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio
De Architectura Libri Dece [Ten books on architecture]
Como, Italy, 1521

Alessandro Volta
"On the Electricity Excited by the Mere Contact of Conducting Substances of Different Kinds"
in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Vol. 90
London, 1800

James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick
"Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid" in Nature
London, 1953

Wilbur Wright
"Some Aeronautical Experiments" in Western Society of Engineers
Chicago, 1901

Artist's Books

Frances Butler
The Taxonomy of Desire
Berkeley, California, 1994
[wood, porcelain, paint, paper]

John Carrera and Sam Walker
Putrefatti [Decayed]
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1995
[embossing, intaglio and letterpress printing on laid paper]

Julie Chen
Double Helix: An Essential Component of All Living Matter
Berkeley, California, 1994
[paper, colored pencil, wood, found map]

M.J. Connors
On the Commotion Contact Perpetuates: A Response to Allessandro Volta
Brooklyn, New York, 1995
[non-silver prints, acrylic, museum board, wood]

Joyce Cutler-Shaw
The Anatomy Lesson: A Collation
San Diego, California, 1995
[handmade paper, paint, board]

Steven C. Daiber
Lillian (formerly Untitled)
Williamsburg, Massachusetts, 1994
[woodcuts, watercolor, photocopies]

Laura Davidson
Ten Books of Vitruvius
Boston, Massachusetts, 1994
[museum board, lantern slide, book cloth, ink, transfer prints]

Timothy C. Ely
Portland, Oregon, 1994
[wood, handmade paper, aluminum]

George Gessert
Natural Selection
Eugene, Oregon, 1994
[computer-printed handwriting, paper, inks, Cibachrome prints]

Susan kae Grant
Radioactive Substances
Dallas, Texas, 1995
[lead, solvent transfers]

Pattie Belle Hastings
Practical Navigator
Atlanta, Georgia: Ice House Press, 1994
[monoprint, computer printing, rubber stamping, gouache, metallic pen]

Geoffrey Hendricks
QUADRANT / A Meditation on Tycho Brahe
New York, New York, 1994
[wood, brass, watercolor, ceramic, glass, stainless steel, stone, cloth, museum board]

Sjoerd Hofstra
Elements of Geometry by Euclid
Brooklyn, New York, 1994
[laser printing, paper]

David Horton
Celestial Wondering
New Milford, New York: Flying Pyramid Press, 1994
[wood, metal, book board, photographs, electronic and fiber-optic elements]

Edward Hutchins
Moving the Obstinate
Cairo, New York, 1995
[museum board, book cloth, paper, wire, cord]

Daniel E. Kelm
Templum Elementorum [Sanctuary of the elements]
Easthampton, Massachusetts: The Wide Awake Garage, 1995
[etched glass, patinated metal, paper, laser printing]

Scott L. McCarney
Diderot / Doubleday / Deconstruction
Rochester, New York, 1994
[altered book, laser prints]

Judith Mohns and François Deschamps
Cartesian Dreams
New Paltz, New York, 1994
[photo-silkscreen, paper]

Katherine Ng
A Hypothetical Analysis of the Twinkle in Stars (as told by a child to a teacher)
Los Angeles, California, 1994
[paste paper and letterpress]

JoAnna Poehlmann
The Frog: Electric, Scientific, Literary, Legendary, Historical, Musical, Culinary, and Vanishing....
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1994
[watercolor, pen and ink, rubber stamping, laser copies, ribbon, freeze-dried leopard frog]

Sue Ann Robinson
Uru Pacha: World Beneath the Other
Long Beach, California, 1995
[mixed media, paper, semi-precious stones]

Laurie Sieverts Snyder
Sonorous Figures
Baltimore, Maryland, 1994
[silver gelatin photographs, cloth, bone closure]

Larry B. Thomas
No Tears for Ramelli
Atlanta, Georgia, 1994
[photocopies, rubber stamping, paper]

M.L. Van Nice
Somerville, Massachusetts, 1994
[seeds, bones, insect wings, feathers, wood, leather, paper, acrylic]

Karen M. Wirth
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1995
[silkscreen, paper, Fresnel lenses]

John Wood
Bird Wing and Plain Planes
Baltimore, Maryland, 1994
[color laser copies, laser prints, paste paper, board, thread]

Philip Zimmermann
Barrytown, New York: Space Heater Editions, 1995
[inkjet printing, paper, museum board]