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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

  • Nancy
    Apr 22, 2017

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

  • Karen
    Apr 14, 2017

    NPR -->

  • 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...

  • Deb
    May 11, 2017

    The text was much less fascinating than the illustrations. I grew up with the card catalog, and I remember happy hours searching them, copying call numbers onto little slips,and ranging up stairs and ...

  • Ellen
    May 09, 2017

    This is an impressive account of one card catalogue, that of the Library of Congress. The illustrations include items from the Library of Congress matched with their card catalogue records, which is l...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Janet
    May 07, 2017

    I found this to be very interesting both from the patron point of view and as someone who works in a library. It's a great history with lots of pictures and made me appreciate all the work that went i...

  • Kathy
    May 11, 2017

    Not only did this satisfy the bookworm in me but also the history geek. I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed the photos. I borrowed it from my library and may have to purchase this one as a "coffe...

  • Melanie
    May 11, 2017

    Just beautiful...