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 classicsfrom Ulysses to The Cat in the Hat to Shakespeare's First Folio to The Catcher in the Ryethis 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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|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
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The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures Reviews
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 history of the Library of Congress are interesting as well.
I'll never look at those beautiful boxes of wooden drawers the same ever again!
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 subject. Handwritten, typed, or preprinted, they identified the book you were looking for and where to find it on the shelf. This technology that I grew up with and helped drive my love of books and reading is now old technology relegated to history books like this handsome volume which even includes a ...more
I checked this out from the library and when I was finished with it, I didn't want to bring it back. A book the library lover in your life may want to buy and keep. A great gift
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.
Highly recommended to bibliophiles and library lovers. Nice coverage of African American literary treasures. Note: my husband thought it was pretty funny that I was reading a book about card catalogs, but it was an obvious choice to me!
In reading her foreword, I was gratified to learn that Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress and the first person with an MLS to hold that office, started her career maintaining a card catalog and revered it, as almost an oracle, as many of us in the profession did. The book offers a brief history of the catalog, brief being perhaps appropriate since the card catalog came and went in the space of about 100 years (though cataloging principles live on).
The book is a thorough appreciation of the card ...more
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 lot of these still around. Our library holds some for certain document collections, but the ones dedicated to the book collections are all gone. Wonderful history and wonderful photographs. Beautiful.