A Classification

April 10, 2014

Generalities that Cross Subject Specialties:

Updated 4 October 2019.  33 volumes

The A classification contains the follow subsets:

AC     General Collections            AE     Encyclopedias   AG     Miscellanies         AP    Periodicals of Various Content AY     Yearbooks and Almanacs AZ     Knowledge and Information in General.  

AC1.G72 v.1 1988   Great books of the Western World. Robert Maynard Hutchins, Editor in Chief. Mortimer Adler, Associate Editor. Encyclopadia Britannica, Inc., 1988 c1952. v.1, The great conversation: the substance of a liberal education. xxx [xxxvi], 131p. #16190 1.00

AC5.A56 1960   The American Scholar reader.  Edited by Hiram Haydn and Betsey Saunders.  Atheneum Publishers, c1960; articles first published c1933-1960.  xx, 522p.   #13351 8.55

AC5.A74 1977   Atlantic (Periodical).  Highlights from 125 years of the Atlantic.  Edited by Louise Desaulniers.  Atlantic Subscriber Edition, 1977.  xii, 1982.  #9221  .50

AC5.C3 1970   Cambridge Review (Periodical).  Cambridge minde: ninety years of the Cambridge Review, 1879-1969.  Edited by Eric Hombeerger et. al. with illustrations.  Little, Brown, 1970.  315p., photos.  #5225  .55

AC5.S3   The Saturday book.  v.1-   1941-       Anchor Press, Ltd. and Little, Brown and Company.   v., illus. (part color).  Editors, 1941-1951, Leonard Russell.  1952-             John Hadfield.  have: v.25, 1965   #13116  .30

AC5.S67 1990   Speculations (Periodical).  The Reality Club.  John Brockman, Editor.  Prentice-Hall, 1990.  268p.  Contributors p.267-268.  #466  11.49 AC5.T74 1992   Treasury of the Encyclopaedia BritannicaMore than two centuries of facts, curiosities, and discoveries…  General Editor, Clifton Fadiman. Viking, 1992.  704p., index.  #1626  8.01

AC8.G762  Goodman, Ellen.  Close to home.  Fawcett Crest, 1980 c1979.  253p.  #1048  .16

AC8.G7623 1990   Goodman, Ellen.  Making sense.  Penguin Books, 1990 c1989.  396p.  #7306  .50

AC35.E526 1982   Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955.  Ideas and opinions.  Based on Mein Weltbild; edited by Carl Seeling.  New translation & rev. by Sonja Bargman.  Crown Trade Paperback, 1982.  377p.  #1474  9.68

AE5.E53 1974   Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire raisonnédes sciences, des arts et des metiers.  Encyclopédie extraits avec une notice biographique, une notice historique et ltteraire.  Ed. remise à jour.  Librarie Larousse, 1974.  109p.  #1036  2.69

AE5.E53 1985   Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnarie raisonne des science, des arts et des metiers.  Extraits avec une chronologie de l’Encyclopédie, une étude générale de l’oeuvre, une analyse méthodique des articles choisis, des notes, des questions, des thèmes de réflexion et un index général, par J. & M. Chapertier.  Berdos, 1985.  191p.  Bibliographical Notes.  Index.  #5191  2.10

AE25.E524 1967   Denis Diderot’s The encyclopedia: selections.  Edited and translated by Stephen J. Gendzier.  Harper & Row/Harper Torchbooks: The Academy Library, c1967.  xxxv, 246p., engravings.  Brief Chronology of the Encyclopedic Movement p.xxiii-xxvii.  Principal Collaborators on the Encyclopedia p.xxviii-xxix.  Friends Often Considered to be Encyclopedists p.xxx.  Selected Bibliography p.xxxi-xxxv.  #9675  2.65

AE25.E538 1983 Alembert, Jean le Rond d’, 1717-1783.  Preliminary discourse to the Encyclopédie of Diderot.  Translated by R. N. Schwab with W. E. Rex.  With introduction & notes.  Bobbs-Merrill: Library of Liberal Arts, 1983 c1963; 1st published 1751.  170p.  Selected Bibliography.  #1280  3.18

AG5.B6 1993   Bothamley, Jennifer.  Dictionary of theories.  Gale Research, 1993.  637p.  Bibliography p.565-571.  Index.  #5192  3.70

AG5.C737 1994   The concise Columbia encyclopedia.  3d ed.  Columbia University press; distributed by Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994; 1st published 1983.  xiv, 973p., black & white photos, drawings, diagrams, maps, tables.  #10614  3.20

AG5.N76 1999   The Norton dictionary of modern thought.  2nd rev. ed.  Edited by Alan Bullock and Stephen Trombley.  Assistant Editor: Alf Lowrie.  W.W. Norton & Co., c1999; rev. ed. of The new Fontana dictionary of modern thought, c1998.  xxiv, 933p.  Includes Bibliographical Citations.  #9448  32.50

AG6.P37 1987   Panati, Charles, 1943-               Extraordinary origins of everyday things.  Harper & Row: Perennial Library, c1987.  xi, 463p., black & white drawings.  References p.422-442.  Index.  #11942  1.10

AG105.B82 1960   Bryson, Lynn, ed.  An outline of man’s knowledge of the modern world.  With an introduction and notes.  McGraw-Hill, 1960.  692p.  Author’s Suggestions for Further Reading, p.686-692.  #5177  .20

AG106.P45 1975   People’s almanac.  By David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace.  Doubleday, 1975.  1478p.  #451  7.95

AG195.S87 1985   Suttin, Caroline.  How did they do it?  Wonders of the far and recent past explained.  Quill: A Hilltown Book, 1985 c1984.  332p., photos, drawings.  Bibliography p.301-323.  Index.  #12756  .15

AG243.F3 1988   Facts and Falicies.  Edited and designed by Dorling Kindersley Ltd.  The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc., c1988.  448p., illus (part color): photos, engravings, drawings, facsimilis.  Picture Credits and Acknowledgements p.448.  Index.  At head of title: Reader’s Digest.  #13335  .55

AG250.C63 1986   Corbeil, Jean-Claude, 1932-                 The Facts on File visual dictionary.  Facts on File Press, c1986.  797p., drawings, diagrams.  General Index p.711-743.  Thematic Indexes p.745-780.  Specialized Indexes p.781-794.  Selective Bibliography p.795.  Contents p.797.   #13241  .25

AP2.R3   Rag mag. v.2 no2-          Fall 1983        Continues Underground rag mag.   v., photos, cartoons.  have: v.13 no. 1, 2 (Winter/Spring 1996); v.14 n.1 (Fall 1996); v.15 no.1 (Winter 1998); v.16 n.1 (Summer 1999) v.17 n.2 (Summer 2001).  #1641, 1642, 12592, 12681, 5058  19.30

AP2.S4   The slate.  v.1 no.1-            have: v.2 no.2 (Fall 1996).  #5092  Review

AY59.G7   The great ideas today.  1961-          Edited by Robert M. Hutchins & Mortimer J. Adler.  William Benton Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1961-         Index, 1961-70 in 1970.

1964: I. The New Europe.  II. The Year’s Developments in the Arts and Sciences.  III. H. James, Daisy Miller; Tocqueville, Democracy in America [selections]; J.S. Mill, “A Review of Tocqueville” [excerpt]; W. James, Pragmatism.  #11287 1.40

1991: I. Current Developments in the Arts and Sciences.  II. Reconsiderations of Great Books and Ideas.  III. Special Features.  IV. Additions to the Great Books Library—The Making of the Bill of Rights, 1791 (Anastaplo); W. Whitewell, Concerning Liberal Education; A. Chekhov, Ward Number Six.   #12473  1.10

AY64.I55   Information please almanac, atlas and yearbook.  Planned and supervised by Dan Golenpaul Associates.  1st-      ed.; 1947-        v.  have: 1967, 1972, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1997.  #1314, 1034, 1178, 1247, 5473, 9308.  17.95

AY64.W27 1999   Wallechinsky, David.  The people’s almanac presents the twentieth century: history with the boring parts left out.  Rev. & upd.  xxi, 921p., black & white photos, drawings, tables.  Perpetual Calendar p.918-921.  The Overlook Press, 1999.  #10233  12.65

AY67.N5N49   The New York Times almanac.  1st–         ed.; Penguin Reference.  have 1999 #9314  1.00

AZ101.F68 1972   Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984.  Archaeology of knowledge and the discourse on language.  Translated from the French by A. M. Sheridan Smith.  Pantheon Books, 1972.  245p.  #1989  .90

AZ221.B3 1961   Barzun, Jacques, 1907-        .  The house of intellect.  Harper & Row: Harper Tarchbooks/The Academy Library, 1961 c1959.  viii, 274p.  Reference Notes p.271-274.  #7678  2.10

AZ221.V36 1992   Van Doren, Charles.   History of knowledge: past, present, and future.  Ballantine Books, 1992 c1991.  422p., index.  #1023r  11.50

AZ999.E52 1981   Encyclopedia of delusions: a critical scrutiny of current beliefs and conventions.  Compiled by Ronald Duncan and Miranda Weston-Smith.  Simon & Schuster: A Wallaby Book, 1979.  242p., references.  #487  3.69

Z Classification

April 9, 2014

The Z Classification Covers Bibliography, Writing (not authorship), Books, Publishing, Censorship & Intellectual Freedom, and Libraries

Updated 19 September 2014.

In the range of Library of Congress classifications this is the last in the sequence A-Z, but the first developed. LC did so as an aid to developing the system for all other books. For CeptsForm Library, I chose to place bibliographies for specific subject areas outside of Z with their subject affiliation. Bibliographies of a general nature that cross subjects remain in Z as do other books related to my professional career as a library and information specialist as well as my continuing interest in other related areas, especially intellectual freedom, publishing, librarianship and reading.

This post originally appeared in CeptsForm Library on Blogspot, February 22, 20o9, established here April 8, 2014.

Z4.B395 2001 Basbanes, Nicholas A., 1943- Patience & fortitude: a roving chronicle of book people, book places, and book culture. Harper Collins Publishers, c2001. xix, 636p., illus. Bibliography p.590-602. Author’s Interviews p.603-604. Index. #12301 8.55

Z4.B397 2004 Basbanes, Nicholas A., 1943- A splendor of letters: the permanence of books in an impermanent world. Harper Collins Publishers, 2004 c2003. xx, 442p. Notes p.369-406. Bibliography p.407-421. Author’s Interviews p.422. Index. #13894 6.65

Z4.F413 1990 Febvre, Lucien and Martin, Henri-Jean. The coming of the book: the impact of printing, 1450-1800. Translated by David Gerard. Verso, 1990 c1976; 1st published as L’Apparition du Livre, 1958. 379p., map, statistics. Notes p.333-354. Index. #6888b 14.94

Z40.C52 1974 Claiborne, Robert Watson, 1919-1990. The birth of writing. [with] the Editors of Time-Life Books. Time-Life Books, c1974. 160p., illus. (part color), facsimilies, chronology. (The Emergence of Man) Credits p.157. Acknowledgements p.157-157. Bibliography p157. #? 6.35

Z43.A3N5 1998 Noad, Timothy. Calligraphy: mastering calligraphy. Coombe Books, 1998c1995. 104p., color illus. Index. #5300 6.40

Z116.A2G74 1989 Greenfeld, Howard. Books from writer to reader. Crown Publishers, Inc., c1909. x, 197p., photos (part color), drawings. Acknowledgements p. [vii]. Glossary p.185-191. Bibliography p.192-193. Index. #6890b 6.90

Z116.A3S93 1995 Swain, Gwyneth, 1961- Bookworks: making books by hand. With Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Illustrated by Jennifer Hagerman. Photography by Andy King. Carolrhoda Books, Inc., c1995. 64p., color photos & drawings. bibliography p.62-63. Index. Photo Credits p.64. #6896b 15.95

Z208.W95 1994 Wroth, Lawrence Counselman, 1884-1970. The Colonial printer. Dover Publications , Inc., 1994, c1968, published 1938; 1st ed., 1931. xxiv, 368p., plates, drawings. Description of Plates p.ix-xii. Drawings in the Appendix p.xii-xiii. Notes p.299-330. works Referred to in Notes p.331-347. Index. #5091 1.60

Z240.J413 1992 Jean, Georges, 1920- Writing: the story of alphabets and scripts. Harry N. Abrams: Discoveries, c1992. 208p., color illus., facsimiles. Documents p.129-198. Further Reading p.197. List of Illustrations p.200-203. Index. #10252 12.95

Z271.L593 1957 Lewis, A. W. Basic book-binding. Dover Publications, Inc., c1957; 1st published 1952. x, 144p., plates, drawings. Index. #6886b 3.78

Z280.E67 2001 Epstein, Jason. Book business: publishing, past, present and future. W. W. Norton & Company, c2001. Published in conjunction with the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers. xiv, 188p. Index. #11668 5.20

Z285.5.B3 1992 Bell, Patricia J., 1931- The pre-publishing handbook: what you should know before you publish your first book. Foreword by Dan Poynter. Cat’s Paw Press, c1992. x, 117p. Glossary p.102-107. Index. Recommended Reading p.77-87. Information Resources p.88-95. #6891b Review

Z286.C48S38 1991 Seuling, Barbara. How to write a children’s book and get it published. rev. & exp. Charles Scribner’s Sons, c1991; 1st published 1984. x, 214p., illus. Acknowledgements p.viii. appendices I-X [of sources and] Recommended Children’s Books p.185-207. Index. #6892b 10.95

Z325.S65G4 1986 Glynn, Jenifer. Prince of publishers: a biography of George Smith. Allison & Busby, c1986. xii, 13-232p. Chronology p.ix-xi. Notes p.209-219. Bibliography p.221-222. Index. #5414 3.20

Z473.B673T35 1999 Tillmann, Lynne. Bookstore: the life and times of Jeannette Watson and Book & Co. Harcourt, Brace, c1999. xxv, 337p., photos. Twenty Years of Books & Co. Readings p.285-319. List of Contributors p.321-323. Index. #11121 5.30

Z473.B795A3 1989 Brent, Stuart. Seven stairs. Simon & Schuster: Touchstone, 1989 c1962. 231p. One Hundred Best Books p.227-231. #897 1.90

Z473.C98F72 1970 Friedrich, Otto, 1929- Decline and fall. Harper & Row, c1970. xi, 499p., photos, chart on endpapers. A Note on Sources p.491-492. Index. #9277 1.30

Z473.L56D37 1995 Dardis, Tom. Firebrand: the life of Horace Liveright. Random House, c1995. xvii, 394p., photos, engravings. Bibliography p.359-362. Index. #9125 3.45

Z473.R77R65 1998 Rostenberg, Leona and Stern, Madeleine B. Old books, rare friends: two literary sleuths and their shared passion. Doubleday: Main Street Books, 1998 c1997. xii, 275p., black & white photos, catalog cover facsimiles. Contains bibliographical references. Index. #12057 9.05

Z473.S37A37 1992 Schwartz, Harry W. Fifty years in my bookstore: or, A life with books. With a foreword by A. David Schwartz. Booksellers Publishing, Inc.: Booksellers House, 1992, c1977. xxiv, 182, [ix]p., photos, facsimiles. Correspondence with Vardis Fisher p.142-178. Appendix [of mail advertisements] p[.i-ix]. #6895b 5.34

Z473.U4 1974 Uhlan, Edward. Rogue of publishers’ row: confessions of a publisher. Exposition Press: Banner Books, 1974 c1956. 254p. Bibliography p.239-247. Index. #898 gift

Z473.W57A3 Weybright, Victor. The making of a publisher: a life in the 20th century book revolution. Reynal & Company in association with William Morrow Company, c1967. viii, 360p. Index. #11874 1.10

Z657.F5 1994 Fish, Stanley Eugene. There’s no such thing as free speech and it’s a good thing, too. Oxford University Press, c1994. xii, 332p. Notes and Works Cited p.309-317. Index. #7538 16.00

Z657.J4 1963 Jennison, Peter S. Freedom to read. Public Affairs Committee, Inc., c1963. [ii], 20p., drawings (Public Affairs Pamphlet no. 344). What to Read p.20. #1419

Z657.V47 1962 Versions of censorship: an anthology. Edited by John McCormick and Mari MacInnes. Doubleday & Company, Inc.: Anchor Books, c1962. xv, 374p. Acknowledgements p.vii-viii. Contains bibliographical footnotes. Contains Texts and Comments. #13511 3.20

Z658.U5W37 1993 War of words: the censorship debate. Edited by George Beahm. Illus. by Kenny Ray Linkous. Andrews and McMeel, c1973. xv, 430p., drawings. Appendices 1-5, p.381-417. Appendix 5, Resources p.398-417. Bibliography p.419-421. #9914 4.20

Z665.A544 1975 American library philosophy: an anthology. Selected and introduced by Barbara McCrimmon. The Shoe String Press, c1975. xxiv, 248p., tables, diagrams. The Contributors p.237-242. Additional Readings p.243-245. #12296 14.35

Z665.B865 1949 Broadfield, A. A philosophy of librarianship. Grafton & Co., 1949. viii, 120p. References at ends of chapters. Index. #10170 photocopy

Z665.C75813 2009   Cossette, André. Humanism and libraries: an essay on the philosophy of librarianship. Translated and edited by Rory Litwin. Library Juice Press, c2009; 1st published as Humanisme et bibliothèques, c1976. xx, 79p. Notes on the Translation p.xiii-xv. Publisher’s Acknowledgement p.xvii. Acknowledgements p.xix. Questions for Reflection p.63-65. References p.65-75. Index.  #15900 16.15

Z665.2.U6E24 1991 The whole library handbook: current data, professional advice, and curiosa about libraries and library services. Compiled by George M. Eberhardt. American Library Association, c1991. vi, 490p., photos, drawings, diagrams, graphs, tables. Contains bibliographical references. Index. #6908b 20.00

Z665.2.U6E24 2000 The whole library handbook: current data, professional advice, and curiosa about libraries and library services. Compiled by George M. Eberhart. American Library Association, c2000. vi, 569p., illus. Contains bibliographies. Index. #9322 38.00

Z665.2.U6R83 2000 Rubin, Richard E., 1949- Foundations of library and information science. Updated version. Neal Schuman Publishers, c2000. xi, 494p. References at ends of chapters. Selected Readings p.397-418. Appendix F: Major Periodicals, Indexes, Encyclopedias and Dictionaries in Library and Information Science p.449-455. Index. #10922 57.30

Z669.7.L476 1991 Library and Information science research: perspectives and strategies for improvement. Editors: Charles R. McClure and Peter Hernon. Ablex Publishing Corporation, c1991. xviii, 400p., illus., tables. List of Figures p.xi. List of Tables p.xii. Contains bibliographical references. Contributors p.367-373. Indexes. #6907b 32.50

Z669.7.L5 1984 Library Trends (periodical). v.32 no.4. Research in librarianship. Mary Jo Lynch, Issue Editor. Spring 1984. p.361-577, viii. Contains bibliographical references. Index to v.32. #6901b

Z672.M45 2012   Memory of the world. Unesco Memory of the World Program. Text edited by Collins Geo. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization/HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2012. 607p. illus (part color): photos, portraits, maps, facsimilies. Memory of the Word Register p.15-21. Country Index p.562-569. Index of Inscriptions p.570-582. Contact Information p.583-605. Acknowledgements [and] Photo Credits p.606-607. #15884 10.75

Z674.5.U5L47 1996 Lesko, Matthew. Info-Fobia: how to survive in an information age. Information USA, c1996. xiv, 423p., drawings, graphs. 375 Organizations That Will Do Research for Your for Free p.159-387. Index. #12689 1.10

Z675.S3A4475 1998 American Association of School Librarians. Information Power: building partnerships for learning. With the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. American Library Association, c1998. xiv, 205p., photos, diagrams. References at ends of chapters. Appendices A-F p.137-147. Index. #10115 47.30

Z675.S3L59 1981 Limiting what students shall read: books and other learning materials in our public schools: how they are selected and how they are removed. Summary report on the survey “Book and Materials Selection for School Libraries and Classrooms: Procedures, Challenges, and Responses.” Sponsored by the Association of American Pubishers, the American Library Association, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, c1981. ii, 40p., tables. Notes p.25. #14120

Z678.9.A1D3 1996 Daedalus (Periodical). v.125 no.4. Books, bricks and bytes. Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fall 1996. viii, 361p. Contains bibliographical references. #5044 6.77

Z682.W64 1980 What else can you do with a library degree. Edited by Betty-Carol Sollon. Gaylord Professional Publications in association with Neal-Schuman Publishers, c1980. xxvi, 350, [iv]p. #8052 free

Z685.P48 1999 Petroski, Henry. The book on the bookshelf. Alfred A. Knopf, c1999. x, 290p., photos, engravings, drawings. Appendix [on the ordering of books] p.233-252. Bibliography p.269-277. Index. #9835 12.30

Z689.C17 1958 California. University. School of Librarianship. The climate of book selection: social influences on school and public libraries. Pacers presented at a symposium …, July 10-12, 1958. Edited with an introduction by J. Periam Danton. University of California School of Librarianship, Berkeley, 1959. viii, 98p. The Participants p.97-98. #14116

Z692.P5H54 1975 Hill, Donna. The picture file: a manual and a curriculum-related subject heading list. Linnet Books, c1975. 140p., diagrams. Glossary p.135-136. bibliography p.137-138. Index. #5483 Free

Z695.1.W65W65 1987 A women’s thesaurus: an index of language used to describe and locate information by and about women. Edited by Mary Ellen S. Capek. Harper & Row, Publishers, c1987. xxxvi, 827p. #6906b 5.29

Z699.B36 1973 Becker, Joseph. The first book of information science. United States Atomic Energy Commission. Office of Information Services, c1973. [ii], 91p., photos, drawings. Photo Credits p.91. Glossary p.85-88. Reading List p.89-90. #6898b .50

Z710.M23 1998 Mann, Thomas, 1948- The Oxford guide to library research. Oxford University Press, c1998. xx, 316p. Index. #9317 12.00

Z711.C57 1980 Directions for the decade: library instruction in the 1980’s. Papers presented at the Tenth Annual Conference on Library Orientation for Academic Libraries, held at Eastern Michigan University, May 8-9, 1980. Edited by Carolyn A. Kirkendall. Pierian Press, c1981. xiv, 160p., illus. Contains bibliographical references. Library Orientation and Instruction – 1978 [bibliography] p.119-150. Conference Registrants p.151-160. #6899b Contributor

Z711.M36 1993 Mann, Thomas, 1948- Library research models: a guide to classification, cataloging, and computets. Oxford University Press, c1993. xii, 248p., facsimiles. Appendices: 1. Cass Z [excerpts] p.193-200. 2, Form Divisions with the Library of Congress Subject Heading System p.201-214. Bibliography p.21-242. Index. #12746 14.95

Z711.4A57 1986 American Library Association. Commission on Freedom and Equality of Access to Information. Freedom and equality of access to information: a report to the American Library Association. Dan M. Lacy, Chair. American Library Association, c1986. xx, 124p. Appendix: The Commission’s Recommendations p.109-115. Index. #6903b 9.00

Z711.4.J66 1999 Jones, Barbara M. Libraries, access, and intellectual freedom: developing policies for public and academic libraries. American Library Association, c1999. xviii, 266p. Bibliography p.249-253. Index. #9323 38.00

Z711.4.L47 1987 Libraries, coalitions & the public good. Edited with a preface and introduction by E. J. Josey. Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., c1987. xiv, 174p. Notes on Contributors p.165-167. Index. #6904b Contributor

Z711.K32 2002 v.2 Katz, William Armstrong, 1924- Introduction to reference work. 8th ed. v.2, Reference Services and Reference Processes. McGraw-Hill, c2002. xiii, 221p. Suggested Reading at ends of chapters. Index. #11453 56.50

Z716.4.G67 2000 Gorman, Michael, 1941- Our enduring values: librarianship in the 21st century. American Library Association, c2000. ix, 188p. Bibliographical notes at ends of chapters. Index. #11381 30.00

Z718.1.U54 1994   United States. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. Briefing and open forum on children and you services: Redefinng the federal role for libraries, December 2-5, 1993. Hosted by the State Library of Iowa, Des Moines, Iowa. [United States Government Printing Office] 1994. [viii], vi, 234p.  #15831 contributor

Z720.C68P45 1995 Pejsa, Jane. Gratia Countryman: her life, her loves and her library. Micawber’s, Inc.: Nodin Press, c1995. 341p., photos, facsimiles. Selected Writings p.l308-326. Notes p.327-328. Bibliography p.328-337. Index. #6912b Review

Z721.H227 1995 Harris, Michael H. History of libraries in the western world; 4th ed. The Scarecrow Press, Inc., c1995 [photocopy] vi, p.1-129. Additional readings at ends of chapters. Contents: I. Libraries in the Ancient World [p.1-68]. II. Medieval Libraries [p.69-128]. #6911b Copy

Z722.C37 2002 Casson, Lionel, 1914- Libraries in the ancient world. Yale Nota Bene, 2002 c2001. xii, 177p., maps, black & white photos, drawings, plans. Abbreviations and Notes p.147-169. Index. #11856 13.95

Z722.5C3513 Canfora, Luciano. The vanished library. Translated by Martin Ryle. University of California Press, 1990 c1989; 1st published as La bibliotecha scomparsa, 1987. x, 205p., plans. Chronology p.vii-ix. Index. #6905b 12.67

Z723.S27 1970 Savage, Ernest Albert. Old English libraries: the making, collection, and use of books during the Middle Ages. With fifty-two illustrations. Barnes & Noble, Inc., 1970 1911. [photocopy] [iv], p.198-291. Contains bibliographical footnotes. Contents: X. The Book Trade [p.199-208]. XI. The Character of the Medieval Library, and the Extent of Circulation of Books [p.209-241]. Appendices: A, Prices of Books and Materials for Bookmaking p.243-257. B, List of Certain Classic Authors Found in Medieval Catalogues p.258-262. C, List of Medieval Collections of Books p.263-285. List of Principal Works Referred to for this Book p.286-290. #6900b Copy

Z732.L565 2001 Lerner, Fred Andrew, 1945- The story of libraries: from the invention of writing to the computer age. Continuum, 2001 c1998. 246p., illus between p.212-219. Principal Works Consulted p.220-236. Index. #11839 23.00

Z733.L735L48 1982 Guide to the Library of Congress. Library of Congress, 1982. viii, 119p., photos (part color), map on back endpapers. Index. #6902b 6.45

Z733.M667B46 1984 Benidt, Bruce Weir. The library book: centennial history of the Minneapolis Public Library, 1885-1985. Minneapolis Public Library and Information Center, c1984. xiv, 250p., color front., photos. Timeline p.viii-xii. Appendix [of librarians and board members] p.233-234. Notes p.235-240. Index. #6909b 4.77

Z733.U58S63 1980 Small, Herbert. Handbook of the new Library of Congress. The Library of Congress, 1980 reprint of the 1979 reprinting with index by the Library of Congress Professional Association; 1st published 1901. 112, 9p., engravings, plans. Index. #5937 7.95

Z733U6C567 1993 Cole, John Young, 1940- Jefferson’s legacy: a brief history of the Library of Congress. Library of Congress, 1993. 103p., color photos. Notes p.101-102. Further Reading p.103. #6910b Gift

Z781.5.A76 2001 Aronson, Marc. Exploding the myths: the truth about teenagers and reading. The Scarecrow Press, c2001. 145p. (Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature; n.4). Contains bibliographical references. Index. #12591 5.30

Z992.B34 1995 Basbanes, Nicholas A. A gentle madness: bibliophiles, bibliomanes, and the eternal passion for books. Henry Holt and Company, 1996 c1995. xvii, 638p., photos, woodcuts. Bibliography p.575-612. Index. #11367 11.65

Z1003.B57 1994 Birkerts, Sven. The Gutenberg elegies: the fate of reading in an electronic age. Fawcett Columbine, 1995 c1994. xiv, 235p. Cited Material p.231. #6920b 10.70

Z1003.B66 1991 Bloom, Alan. Giants and dwarfs: essays, 1960-1990. Simon & Schuster: A Touchstone Book, 1991 c1990. 397p. Contains bibliographic footnotes. Acknowledgements p.388-389. Index. #6922b 2.11

Z1003.D34 1987 The delights of reading: quotes, notes & anecdotes. Otto L. Bettman. Foreword by Daniel J. Boorstin. David R. Godine Publisher, Inc. in association with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, c1988. xvi, 139p., woodcuts, engravings Acknowledgements p.129-131. Picture Credits p.131. List of Authors. #6921b gift

Z1003.F56 2005 Fischer, Steven Roger. A history of reading. Reakton Books, 2005 c2003. 384p., illus. References p.347-364. Select bibliography p.365-372. Illustration Acknowledgements p.373. Index. #13831 3.99

Z1003.H194 2001 Hamilton, John Maxwell. Casanova was a book lover, and other naked truths and provocative curiosities about the writing, selling and reading of books. Penguin Books, 2001 c2000. xiv, 351p., illus., photos, facsimiles. Sources p.291-319. Index. #11169 14.90

Z1003.H328 1963 Hart, James D. The popular book: a history of America’s literary taste. University of California Press, 1963 c1950. ix, 351p. Bibliographical Checklist p.289-300. Chronological Index of Books Discussed p.301-317. Index. #9149 1.00

Z1003.M292 1997 Manguel, Alberto. A history of reading. Penguin Books, 1997 c1996. [xii], 372p., plates. Notes p.321-353. Plate Credits p.355-359. Index. #5170 15.80

Z1003.P33 1999 A passion for books: a book lover’s treasury of stories, essays, humor, lore and lists on collecting, reading, borrowing, lending, caring for and appreciating books. Edited by Harold Rabinowitz and Ron Kaplan. Random House: Times Books, c1999. xxi, 353p., drawings, cartoons. Contains booklists. Bibliography p.343-349. #9836 12.30

Z1003.R313 1995 Reading in bed: personal essays on the glories of reading. Selected and edited by Steven Gilbar. David R. Godine, Publisher, c1995. x, 152p. Contains bibliographic references. Notes on Contributors p.145-147. Bibliography p.149-150. Acknowledgement p.151-152. #1962 4.30

Z1003.W66 1960 The wonderful world of books. Edited by Alfred Stefferud. Illustrations by Robert Osborn. New American Library: Mentor Book, 1960 c1952. 319p., drawings. Acknowledgements p.7-8. Contains bibliographical references. The Contributors p.311-319. #6919b. .75

Z1003.2.N45 2003 Nelson, Sara. So many books, so little time: a year of passionate reading. [uncorrected proof]. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2003. [xii], 242p. Appendices: A. What I Planned to Read, p.233-236. B. What I Actually Did Read, p.237-238. C. The Must-Read Pile p.241-242. #12914 .55

Z1003.2.O63 1989 The open door: when writers first learned to read. Selected by Steven Gilbar. Preface by Barbara Bush. Afterword by John Y. Cole. David R. Godine in association with The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, c1989. viii, 128p., photo portraits. Bibliography p.123-125. Permissions p.127. #6918b gift

Z1003.2.S2 1984 Sabine, Gordon and Patrice. Books that made the difference. What people told us. With a foreword by Daniel J. Boorstin. Abridged ed. Book of the Month Club Edition. Library Professional Publishers, c1984; 1st published c1983. x, 117p. Appendix: Titles of Books They Named p.105-108. Authors of Those Books p.108-110. Where the Readers Live and Work p.111-112. Their Occupations p.112-113. Their Names p.114-117. #11644 2.10

Z1003.5.E9C4713 1994 Chartier, Roger, 1945- The order of books: readers, authors and libraries in Europe between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries. Translated by Lydia G. Cochrane. Stanford University Pres, c1994; 1st published as L’ordre des livres, c1992. xi, 126p., plates between p.52 & 53. Notes p.93-113. Index. #12409 13.85

Z1003.5.G7A53 1957 Altick, Richard Daniel, 1915- The English common reader: a social history of the mass reading public, 1800-1900. The University of Chicago Press, c1957. ix, 430p. Bibliography p.399-409. Index. #7654 .85

Z1035.G6N22 Good reading: a guide for serious readers. 1st- 1932- Published for the Committee on College Reading. Have: no.22 (1986) c1985. #5827 .50

Z1004.E85H6 1963 Holley, Edward G. Charles Evans: American bibliographer. University of Illinois Press, c1963. xiv, 343p. (Illinois Contributions to Librarianship, no.7.) Acknowledgements p.vii-ix. Contains bibliographic footnotes. Bibliography p.323-330. Index.

Z1023.C89 1994 Crane, Walter. The decorative illustration of books. Senate, c1994; 1st published 1896. 243p., woodcuts, engravings, plates between pages 158 & 159. Index. #5053 3.20

Z1033.P3P3 1963 Paperbacks in the schools. Edited by Alexander Butman, Donald Reis, David Sohn. Bantam Books, c1963. 152p. Bibliography p.147-152. #6915b .95

Z1035.C44 1967 Chandler, G. How to find out: a guide to sources of information for all arranged by the Dewey Decimal Classification. 3rd ed. Pergamon Press, 1967; 1st published 1963. xiv, 198p., facsimiles. List of Illustrations p.ix-xiv. Contains bibliographical references. Index. #6916b gift

Z1035.R42 The reader’s guide. Edited by Sir William Emrys Williams. Penguin Books, c1960. 351p. Supplementary Index: American editions of books listed in The Reader’s Guide. c1961. 64p. #6913b, 6914b. 1.50

Z1035.9.D63 1961 Downs, Robert B. Molders of the modern mind: 111 books that shaped western civilization. Barnes & Noble, c1961. xx, 396p., illus. Acknowledgements p.iii. Illustrations p.xvi. Bibliographical Notes p.372-386. Index. #6927b 2.25

Z1037.A1C34 1967 Carlsen, G. Robert. Books and the teenage reader: a guide for teachers, librarians and parents. Introduced by John Holt. Sponsored by the National Book Committee. Bantam Books, c1967. Contains bibliographical references. #6926 .75

Z1037.A1F69 1989 Fox, Barbara J. Rx for reading: how the schools teach your child to read and how you can help. Penguin, c1989. 226p. Bibliography p.215-223. Index. #899 1.90

Z1037.L32 1975 Larrick, Nancy. A parent’s guide to children’s reading. rev. & enl. 4th ed. Illustrated with drawings from favorite children’s books. Bantam Books, c1975; 1st published 1958. [x], 374p., drawings. Copyright notices and Acknowledgements p.iv-vi. Index. #6924b .11

Z1037.N343 1964 National Council of Teachers of English. Committee on the Senior High School Book List. Books for you: a reading list for senior high school students. Richard S. Alm, Editorial Chairman. Washington Square press, Inc., c1964. xxiv, 304p., cartoons. Addresses of Publishers p.289-299. Indexes. #6923b .90

Z1039.C65A74 1992 Atlas, James. Battle of the books: the curriculum debate in America. W. W. Norton & Company, 1992 c1990. 157p. Contains bibliographical references. Notes on Sources p.137-145. Index. #1931 3.20

Z1039.L4R87 1987 Rutland, Robert Allen, 1922- “Well acquainted with books:” the founding fathers of 1787. With James Madison’s list of books for Congress. Library of Congress, 1987. 95p. For Further Reading p.93-95. #6925b gift

Z3075.B47 1997 Berkman, Robert L. Find it fast: how to uncover expert information on any subject. 4th ed. HarperCollinsPublishers: Harper Perennial, c1997. xxiv, 325p., facsimiles. Contains bibliographical references and source information. Acknowledgements p.ix. Sources of Further Information p.295-302. Index. Corporate Acknowledgements p.325. #7107 4.20

Z6994.L5D5U32 The international directory of little magazines & small presses. 1st- ed. Dustbooks. Have: v.32, 1996. #7777 .95

ZA4201.A25 2000 Ackermann, Ernest C. and Harman, Karen. The information searchers guide to searching & researching on the Internet & W3. Second ed. Franklin Beedle & Associates: ABF Content, c2001. x, 438p., diagrams, screens. Glossary p.426-433. Index. #11380 23.00

ZA4450.S54 2001 Sherman, Chris, 1958- and Price, Gary, 1965- The invisible web: uncovering information sources search engines can’t see. Information Today: CyberAge Books, c2001. xxix, 439p. Glossary p.390-395. References p.397-399. Index. #11382 23.00

Practice of Policy

April 4, 2014

A Reflection on Selecting Books

I have written previously (Acquisitions) that as a proprietary operation, the CeptsForm Library builds its collection through intellectual interests constrained by opportunity. All libraries reflect the public (or publics) they serve. The major types of libraries are those that have larger publics – school, public, academic, and specialized – each situated under some parent body to which they are responsible. Private libraries are the outsiders that typically serve distinct persons with less formality than those libraries with wider publics.

CeptsForm Library is personal since it focuses on me in particular and is formalized to some extent because I am a librarian by profession and practice and because I favor learning by reading. Having a working library and being deliberate about it suits my personality and supports my major interests. These interests emanate from learning, thinking, and writing in ways that fixate on what I want to know since my questions are a vacuum that my nature abhors. Finally, I want to utilize what I know.

On Saturday, 29 March 2014, I went to the book sale held by the Friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries as I had in the September before and a year before that. Saturday sales are a madhouse because of their clearance nature and rock-bottom prices at $4.00 per bag. I brought two box-bottom cloth bags so that I could fill one and then divide the load after purchase and distribute the weight between two hands. As it turned out, our grandson – a UW senior in English and History – came along and I gave him one bag for his purchases.

Benjamin headed for literature while I honed in on philosophy and religion. Afterwards I pawed through the social sciences table. Relatively few books remained after sales since the middle of the week, about 90-100 titles on each table. Though I am very fussy about what I buy, I still walked away with 16 books for the $4.00 – 25 cents apiece. When I got home and could check what I had bought against my collection, I found that I had picked 4 titles (25% of my selections) that I already owned. The whole experience led me to think again about the motivations and constraints that drive book buying in the face of the rewards and failures that result from book selection.

Formally organized libraries have selection policies intended to guide their purchases in anticipation of meeting user interests and needs. Typically they are on the alert for new resources that are most likely to be of immediate use. (Atypical are the largest libraries – the Library of Congress, Harvard, the University of Illinois, etcetera – that collect for future possible or likely use.) My interests are also immediate, given my lifespan, and I do care about what is new where newness is appropriate, but most of my interests are reflective of long-term cultural, intellectual and artistic pursuits. I join C.S. Lewis in appreciation of old books because their perspectives are often illuminating when pursuing the human story.

Therefore, when consciously formal about my own library selection practice, I consider the following aims and conditions.

1. The size of our house limits the maximum size of the collection. I estimate having approximately 6,000 titles. Whatever the number, additions necessarily require as many volumes withdrawn.

2. Though my interests are wide, I have learned that you can buy the “best books in the world” for very little money as long as you are happy with classics and other older and immediately less popular titles. All selection takes is patience and willingness to frequent those discount places that deliver on the tedium of examining their offerings. Some thrifts are in such disarray, I want to organize their shelves. Instead I speed along or go someplace more orderly.

3. My intentions are to learn as broadly and deeply as my life allows. I want to achieve a self-correcting perspective, discover our past, understand issues, work for equality, think more deeply and write more effectively.

4. Not all books acquired can be read entire during a lifetime, but they can be useful for reference. Usefulness enhances when books are specific, especially if they have indexes or at least revealing tables of contents. Alas, many books are poorly indexed or not at all.

5. Books fulfill the reference function best when easily located in an established classified system that one can comprehend in enough depth to facilitate retrieval. I have used the Library of Congress classification for my books since I was a college student, even before I became a librarian.
In my latest selection experience, I acquired the 16 books in a little over half an hour. I expedited my selections by quicker decisions than in the previous year. Two factors changed me: recognition of the competitive atmosphere for the low price books and appreciation of the opportunity to trade duplicated books at used book stores for credit.

Here are the happy results, briefly described in their call number order.

B755.H8: Isaac Husik, A history of mediaeval Jewish philosophy (1958; 1st published 1916). Philosophy is one of my major interests. Except for a few individuals, most histories do not cover Jewish and other non-Western philosophers at all well. Husik, a pioneer in this field, makes up for the lack.

BD221.H37: James F. Harris, Against relativism: a philosophical defense of method (1992). How we know what we know and with what level of certainty remain constant, central questions in philosophy. I tend towards informed certainty in my desire to lead a rational life.

BJ1025.D53: John Dewey, Theory of the moral life (1960; redacted from Ethics, rev. ed. Part II (1932). I have yet to understand Dewey’s influence in American philosophy, education, culture, and government. He seems controversial: I have too few of his books to learn why.

BL50.T69: Arnold Toynbee, An historian’s approach to religion (1956; from the Gifford Lectures in 1952 & 1953). Toybee, facing off Spengler, were all the rage when I was young and moving towards becoming a historian. I have some of his other books of historiography. Besides, though I am a rationalist, religion is the largest growing category in my library.

BR85.H574: Paul L. Holmer, The grammar of faith (1978). If “godtalk” is to be qualitative, meaningful, and pertinent – all matters dear to my heart – theology has  requirements which Holmer explores.

BR127.E25: Diana L. Eck, Encountering God: a spiritual journey … (1993). Eck is a scholar in the area of the “mannyness” of God and therefore of religious pluralism, an increasing characteristic of urbanism and inclusivity within the United States.

BS1171.2S4: Morris S. Seale, The desert Bible: nomadic tribal culture and Old Testament interpretation (1974). Seale offers theologians a challenge by revealing the character of nomadic life and comparing Hebrew and Arabian parallels in literature. Ancient culture remains a long time interest and supplies my thinking for a series of imaginative novels.

BS1235.2.W453: Claus Westermann, Genesis: an introduction (Scullion, 1992). Likely the most technical of the books I bought, but a storehouse of examination on the scholarship concerning this Old Testament book. I have other titles discoursing on Genesis: none are this comprehensive, yet they all concern matters that remain under constant discussion.

BT1390.W33: Benjamin Walker, Gnosticism: its history and influences (1993). The Gnostics were philosophical and religious exponents in the early Christian period, ultimately regarded as heretical. Gnosticism has flourished again with the recovery and popular distribution of their ancient texts. I questioned whether to keep this book, doubting the standards of the publisher and credibility of the author. Amidst hundreds of books on Gnosticism, this one is on the more popular side. Yet it seems comprehensive with an extensive bibliography.

BV5080.C5: The Cloud of unknowing (Walsh, 1981). Dating from the latter 1400s in Middle English by an unknown author, this text is a major resource in Christian spirituality, particularly of a mystical nature. I remain doubtful about mysticism, yet want to know it and remain primarily interested in its medieval setting. I have another edition, The Cloud of unknowing and other works (Wolters, 1978) but decided to keep both since the source manuscripts, translations, and introductory materials vary between the two editions. Walsh has a broader introduction; Wolters includes other cognates of The Cloud, evidently by the same unknown author.

HD881.H625: Thomas Henry Hollingsworth, Historical demography (1969) in the series The Sources of History: Studies in the Uses of Historical Evidence. Though I do not have the same inquisitiveness I once did about historiography except in the philosophical and theoretical sense, I remain fascinated over the puzzles and data of past populations. Also a work of this kind may be informative to my portrayal of imagined civilizations and cultures.

JC599.U5C59: Henry Steele Commager, Freedom, loyalty, dissent (1954; incorporates essays published 1947, 1952, 1953). Until college, I found U.S. history dull in comparison to all that had gone before. Dr. Erling Jorstad changed all that and in the process, Commager became one of my heroes. Noted for his The American Mind (1950) , this later book also relates the intellectual and social life of the country with the basic issues of a democracy and the necessity of freedom and inquiry to a fruitful democratic process. I was excited to find this book, key to the ongoing civic discussion of these days or any day.

LB7.C78: Common learning: a Carnegie Colloquium on General Education (1981). Since learning as distinguished from education qua schooling is a central intellectual issue for me, this book by its very title leaped to my attention. It seemed all the more relevant since I am preparing for a discussion a week away on “Common Core” a standardizing curricular program adopted by 40 states. This book has a humanities bent except for an article on “The Natural World,” along with “The Quest for Common Learning,” “Heritage and Traditions,” “The High School-College Connection,” amid other entries. I like nothing so much as the long range view of context.

Three duplicates of editions I already hold will be traded for credit. They are The vocation of man by Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1987; 1st published 1800); Victorian England: portrait of an age by G. Malcolm Young (2nd ed, 1953); and The immortal profession: the joys of teaching and learning by Gilbert Highet (1976).

I have pondered what this book selection experience means in its peculiarities. Of course, the sales at a university library would pertain and appeal to the academic and scholarly persona I inhabit. Issues represented by the books chosen cluster around my primary or focal interests. As other past instances also show, I often select books that already won my favor, purchased, and still retain because they center on my concerns and preferences. I hope to regenerate a brief alphabetical list of all the books I currently hold so that I can check my memory when buying books in the future. It would be good to have this in an easily carried digital device.

Coincidentally, the room in which this sale took place is part of space the UW-Madison reference collection and undergraduate library occupied when I was in graduate Library School. Not only did I do most of my studying at those tables, I examined every book on the shelves as I went through the entire undergraduate library collection. I noted the ones that I thought would be worthwhile for me to read or add to a school library where I was working. In comparison, the place looks squalid and trashy now, except for the days that it is overrun with readers and book dealers as hungry for books as I am.

Copyright © 2014 by Roger Sween.

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