The Smithsonian, America's Treasure, a Classics Borzoi Book First Edition written by James Conaway, published by Smithsonian Books, Washington, and by Alfred A. Knopf Inc., New York.
The book features descriptions of 150 years of adventure, discovery and wonder, with beautiful illustrations on over 400 pages. The Classics Edition features beautiful bindings in blue leatherette with gold embossed print, and is a "coffee table" book, weighing over four pounds, and measuring a large 11 1/4" by 9 1/2" and 1 1/4" thick. Condition is virtually like new, with no signs of use, see photos as part of the description.
The book is a celebration of the Smithsonian Institution, which in 1996 celebrated its sesquincentennial (150 years) of discharging the mission spelled out in British chemist James Smithson's last will and testament, of "the increase & diffusion of knowledge".
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