American Treasures in the Library of Congress: Memory, Reason, Imagination

By: Library of Congress; Wagner, Margaret E.

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The Library of Congress is one of the world's largest and most diverse repositories of recorded knowledge. Its vast holdings -- nearly 110 million items in formats ranging from manuscripts to motion pictures and sound recordings -- offer an unparalleled vista of American life in all of its vibrant diversity. This book gathers 76 of the library's most important American treasures, which have been selected for its first-ever permanent public exhibition, opening in spring 1997.

A superb collection that reflects the essence of America's heritage, the library's holdings are almost dizzyingly varied. They encompass comic books and the Declaration of Independence; a design for a macaroni machine (carefully described by Thomas Jefferson) and a design for the United States Capitol; a cookbook and the Gettysburg Address. "The more one moves about among the treasures of the Library of Congress", writes Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Willis in his eloquent introduction, "the more ties one begins to feel between each item and the nation's life story".

The treasures are handsomely illustrated in photographs made especially for this book and described in lively commentaries written by the library's curators. From the contents of President Lincoln's pockets on the evening of his assassination to a series of images from the earliest surviving copyrighted motion picture, made by Thomas Edison, these treasures evoke the moving panorama of American life.

Title: American Treasures in the Library of Congress: Memory, Reason, Imagination

Author Name: Library of Congress; Wagner, Margaret E.

Categories: Other,

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc:

ISBN Number: 0810942984

ISBN Number 13: 9780810942981

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Seller ID: SKU201502635