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James Loganís ďThe Duties of Man As They May Be Deduced from NatureĒ: An Analysis of the Unpublished Manuscript: Transactions, APS (Vol. 111, Part 3) Transformational Journeys: An Ethnologistís Memoir: Transactions, APS (Vol. 106, Part 5)
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James Logan’s “The Duties of Man As They May Be Deduced from Nature”: An Analysis of the Unpublished Manuscript: Transactions, APS (Vol. 111, Part 3) Transformational Journeys: An Ethnologist’s Memoir: Transactions, APS (Vol. 106, Part 5)
James Logan (1674-1751) of Philadelphia was a luminary with few equals in British America in the first half of the 18th century. He amassed the largest scholarís library in the colonies, wrote and published on botanical science and optics, was an accomplished mathematician and astronomer, and a master of languages ancient and modern. As the representative of the Penn family in the colony, he was enmeshed in Pennsylvania politics, holding several major positions, including Chief Justice. In 1734 Logan turned his creative drive to moral philosophy, He compiled six or seven chapters, but in the end could not finish his treatise, and they survived only in a manuscript which was found about 1969. This analysis gives Loganís effort new life. This is the professional memoir of an ethnologist, who studies the cultures and languages of ethnic groups, in the present and in the past. Victoria R. Brickerís journeys -- from Hong Kong to Shanghai during World War II, to the U.S. after the war, to Germany, Harvard, southeastern Mexico, and eventually to New Orleans -- influenced her choice of ethnology as a career and shaped that career over 50 years. Ethnology served as the stepping stone for intellectual forays into other related fields, such as linguistics, ethnohistory, epigraphy, and astronomy, all focused on the Maya people of southern Mexico and Central America. Bricker, a Professor Emerita who holds several other positions, is the author, with her husband, Harvey M. Bricker (1940-2017), of ďAstronomy in the Maya Codices.Ē Illus.
Elinís Amerika (rev., 3rd ed.) Biblioteca Angelica ms. 1551: The Origins of Ethnohistorical Illustration of Asia and the Americas Around 1600 in Rome: Transactions, APS (Volume 109, Part 3)
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Elin’s Amerika Biblioteca Angelica ms. 1551
Award-winning childrenís author Marguerite de Angeli tells the story of Elin, a young girl who has come to live in the New Sweden Colony. She helps us envision how these many different peoples -- Swedes, Finns, Lenape, Minquas (Susquehannock), Dutch and British related to one another. Elinís search for friendship, love of family, and anticipation of celebrations seem familiar. Her isolation from other children, lack of basic things, and the daily routine of chores may seem quite unfamiliar. New Sweden was established in 1638, under the guidance of Peter Minuit, when Swedish colonists were sent to the New World to claim lands in the area around the Delaware River in southeastern PA and south NJ. For ages 8-12. Illustrations. This volume consists of three sets of watercolor drawings, each depicting non-Europea peoples or places in Asia and the Americas. The volume belonged to the famous collector and antiquarian Camillo Massino (1620-1677), and was part of a large donation to the library by his descendants in the 19th century. This is the first in-depth investigation of the three series in terms of materials or manufacture, possible relations to one another or other contemporaneous illustrations, and role in advancing understanding of the depicted peoples. Clues within the drawings, their style and content suggest not only new interpretations, but specific links between and among them, and likely origins, placing them squarely into the most intense period in the early modern era of European interest in these cultures. Illus.
The House of Barnes: The Man, The Collection, The Controversy (Memoir Vol. 266) Some Architectsí Portraits in Nineteenth-Century America: Personifying the Evolving Profession: Transactions, APS (Volume 103, Part 4)
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The House of Barnes Some Architects’ Portraits in Nineteenth-Century America
The House of Barnes: The Man, The Collection, The Controversy is a beautifully written study of the extraordinary art collector and volatile personality Albert C. Barnes.  The book places him in the context of his own era, shedding new light on the ideas and movements (about art collecting, education, and aesthetics) that shaped so much of his thinking.

The Barnesí major holdings of largely post-impressionist art include more than 800 paintings, with a strong focus on Renoir (181 canvases), Cťzanne (69), Matisse (59), and Picasso (46 paintings and drawings). In its entirety, it is the greatest single collection of such art that has remained intact.  

The last chapters of the book address the controversial events surrounding the Barnes Foundationís move to Philadelphia, including vehement oppositionóas well as strong support. There is an analysis of the Foundationís financial plight, a review of the major court cases over the decades, and a characterization of the fervent reactions following the courtís decision to allow the move to take place.

The monograph is recommended for a broad audience, including those interested in art and art collecting, the role of art in education, and the development of cultural institutions.
This is the first study devoted to the portraits of nineteenth-century American architects. It is an examination of the way the iconography of such images changed over time to reflect the changing social status of the architect as the profession evolved during the century. Portraits in oil on canvas, drawings, and photography in the text range from Charles Willson Pealeís image of William Buckland in the late eighteenth century to John Singer Sargentís portrait of Richard Morris Hunt in the late 1890s. The book has been praised as ďa unique use of visual resources, supported by formidable primary research and a thorough analysis of secondary literature.Ē Illustrations.



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