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First Smithsonian Collection The European Engravings of George Perkins Marsh and the Role of Prints in the U. S. National Museum

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ISBN-10: 1935623621

ISBN-13: 9781935623625

Edition: 2015

Authors: Helena Wright

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In 1849 the Smithsonian purchased the Marsh Collection of European engravings. Not only the first collection of any kind to be acquired by the new Institution, it was also the first public print collection in the nation, and it presented an important symbol of cultural authority. The prints formed part of the library of Vermont Congressman George Perkins Marsh (1801-1882), a member of the Smithsonian's Board of Regents. The uncertainty of the Smithsonian's mission in the early years complicated its motivation for purchasing the collection, especially given Marsh's position as a Regent in financial difficulty. After a serious fire in 1865, portions of the collection were deposited at the…    
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Book details

List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
Publication date: 4/28/2015
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 313
Size: 6.33" wide x 9.30" long x 1.13" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English