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Photographs and text comprise an expert tour of the holdings of the Library of Congress
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This revised and expanded edition of Goodrum's ( Advertising in America ) tour of the vast holdings of the Library of Congress, originally published in 1981, will quench almost anyone's thirst for knowledge. The encyclopedic guide is impressive in range and depth, and provides evidence that the Library is one of the world's greatest repositories of wisdom. The author selects 500 of its "treasures" to highlight, among them: the Gutenberg Bible; Ptolemy's 1482 atlas; Dorothea Lange's photographs; and ancient Chinese, Japanese and Arabic texts. Wisely eschewing a strict chronological examination, Goodrum details the origins and creation of each object with animated or 'animated'? aa precision. He also emphasizes the Library's commitment to the preservation and promotion of our multinational heritage, and to the dissemination of information worldwide. Amusing and informative anecdotes about the Library's administrators and patrons enlivenrecently used 'illuminate'.aa theunnec. aa history of the institution, and the numerous magnificent illustrations are a splendid visual celebration of cultural achievement.
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Book Description Harry N Abrams Inc., New York, 1991. Cloth. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. The Library of Congress in Washington, D. C. Is, simply put, the largest collection of stored knowledge in the world. The range of its extraordinary holdings - almost 100 million objects - is revealed in text and pictures in this newly revised and expanded edition of Treasures of the Library of Congress. In an incomparable blend of facts and anecdotal history, Charles Goodrum's brilliant text covers everything from the origins of the Library in 1800 when a shipment of 11 trunks of books arrived from England for Congress's use, to the exceptional, sometimes eccentric men - the Librarians of Congress - who created this incredible collection. From photography to maps to music to Orientalia, Goodrum provides a fascinating narrative for each subject area. Featured among the 460 illustrations are some of the prized objects collected in only the past decade. 344 pages with index and further reading. 9 3/4" x 11 3/4", very heavy. Seller Inventory # 003454