The French Cataloging Code of 1791: A Translation

  title={The French Cataloging Code of 1791: A Translation},
  author={Joseph Smalley},
  journal={The Library Quarterly},
  pages={1 - 14}
  • J. Smalley
  • Published 1 January 1991
  • Sociology
  • The Library Quarterly
The Instruction issued by the Revolutionary French government in 1791 for the cataloging of the libraries seized from the religious houses was important in the history of cataloging for two reasons: it is the first national code of descriptive cataloging, and it is the first mention of the card catalog. The Instruction set out, on a step by step basis, the actions to be taken. First, all the books are to be numbered. Next, the bibliographic information on each work is to be written on the back… 
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