The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures by Library of Congress

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Read The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures Online Free - 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
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ISBN : 1452145407
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 pages


Myra rated it ★★★★☆

June 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 and the Library of Congress. I especially appreciated viewing the photos of the famous first edition...

Pamela rated it ★★★★★

June 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 might find themselves skimming on occasion. Still though, a gorgeous book all the way around; fr...

Patricia rated it ★★★★☆

July 02, 2017

I really enjoyed this book! Admittedly I am a librarian who started her career when card catalogs were still intact. And as a college student I worked in a library where part of my job involved typing and filing catalog cards. But the history of the card catalog is the story of one of how informa...

Judy rated it ★★★★★

July 12, 2017

A fascinating book, as I said in my progress notes. Let me first get my criticism out of the way, and then get on to some of the delights. I realize that publishers need to keep an eye on size of a book and how much it will eventually cost. But the print of the text in the entire book is very sma...

Linda rated it ★★★★☆

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 cards from card catalogs and of books including first editions for The Great Gatsby and To Kill...

Jerrie (redwritinghood) rated it ★★★★☆

September 09, 2017

This gives a brief history of the card catalog and the Library of Congress. The text reads like a high school text book, but the pictures are great. It was interesting to see some of the rare books and learn what was contained within the Library.

Bexa rated it ★★★★★

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 have to dedicate so much time to creating these, but the nostalgic part of me wishes that we had a l...

Cathy rated it ★★★☆☆

August 07, 2017

I liked it but I wish they had explained the markings on the catalog cards they showed in the illustrations. It would have been interesting to get the history of why names, headings, and call numbers changed. That's also something lost when we went to computer catalogs - the history.

Lynn rated it ★★★★★

August 03, 2017

I started working in libraries in the early 1960’s, first as a student volunteer, then as a paid intern, then, in 1973, as a professional. In the mid-eighties, I managed the public transition from the card catalog in a large academic medical center library to the OPAC. There was a steep learning...

Warren-Newport Public Library rated it ★★★★☆

July 26, 2017

The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures is the Library of Congress’s (LOC) homage to the card catalog. The book gives a good overview of library history (the roots of the card catalog go all the way back to ancient Sumer) with a heavy emphasis on the LOC’s role as the leading U.S....

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