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The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures
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The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures


The Library of Congress brings booklovers an enriching tribute to the power of the written word and to the history of our most beloved books. Featuring more than 200 full-color images of original catalog cards, first edition book covers, and photographs from the library's magnificent archives, this collection is a visual celebration of the rarely seen treasures in one of the world's most famous libraries and the brilliant catalog system that has kept it organized for hundreds of years. Packed with engaging facts on literary classics—from Ulysses to The Cat in the Hat to Shakespeare's First Folio to The Catcher in the Rye—this package is an ode to the enduring magic and importance of books.

Title:The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:224 pages
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    The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures Reviews

  • Myra
    Jun 16, 2017

    This was a LibraryThing Early Reviewer’s Win for me. I very much enjoyed reading this gorgeous hardback book filled with lovely illustrations and photos focused on the history of the card catalog an...

  • Pamela
    Jun 25, 2017

    Most assuredly, I thought this a fascinating, beautifully rendered book. A bit dry and detail intense, perhaps. Anyone who isn't intimately involved in the library world and/or the book trade industry...

  • Nancy
    Apr 22, 2017

    lol going to be a bit annoyed if there is anything shocking in this after two years of library school...

  • Linda
    May 29, 2017

    Very interesting. Did you know that when the Library of Congress was established in the early 19th century, borrowers were required to pay $1 to take out a book. A DOLLAR! In 1800! Lots of pictures of...

  • Bexa
    May 15, 2017

    I think as a librarian I enjoyed this book more than most people would. I loved seeing all the different styles of cards and the handwriting on all the index cards. I am grateful that we no longer hav...

  • Linda
    Jun 12, 2017

    A delightful book that covers the history of retrieval systems for the written word. Did you know France was once a proponent of using playing cards to catalog their books? We also get a look at some ...

  • Karen
    Apr 14, 2017

    NPR -->

  • Animlgrl
    May 03, 2017

    The images in this book are outstanding. Some of the images cards from the catalog are so good, you think they are detachable from the book. In addition, the history of the card catalog and the histor...

  • Michael
    May 26, 2017

    I am a librarian. This book is not intended primarily for librarians, however, but for a general audience, albeit a persons interested in libraries, reading, and some of the history of access to knowl...

  • Todd Stockslager
    May 13, 2017

    Review title: Complete with a pocket and card! Before Google and Amazon, readers found books in the card catalog: cabinets of drawers full of 3x5 cards on metal rods, arranged by author, title, or sub...