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 card catalog "is a living organism and as a living organism, it is subject to growth, to change, and to deterioration," but the cards appear to have some life left in them. -John Rather
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
Such a fascinating book, as a librarian and also as someone that has worked in a bookstore. Seeing the card catalog history, plus rare books and their cards from the catalog was so interesting. It was presented in a beautiful manner, with full color pictures on virtually every page. I really enjoyed this!
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. library and producer of card-catalog cards.
Although the text shows a healthy respect for those three-by-five index cards of old, it warns readers not to get too nostalgic for the days of the card catalog ...more
A little inspiration as I refresh the stain on my card catalog. Love the pictures.
What an absolutely delightful book for book lovers! The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures is the kind of book one never tires of returning to again and again. Each random browsing is guaranteed to elicit in readers a silent, internal flutter—but very often, an audible squeal—of pleasure. This collection of absorbing images of original index cards and beautifully-colored photographs is nothing less than a visual homage to books and literature in the broadest sense of those words. ...more
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 a Mockingbird.
My only complaint? The book was too slim.