A number of old books from the CSGB library.

Since we first started writing our reference books and publishing our magazines we have been keeping a copy of every one for the future. Even when wartime restrictions meant we could only produce our magazines to order we still managed to print one for the library. In later years, we have added to things by way of donations and purchases to cover books by other writers, and on subjects as diverse as cigarette packets, football cards, gum cards, postcards, and coffee-table style visual masterpieces, which truly demonstrate what a wonderful world the card world is.

Our library is an amazing and enviable resource which is available for use by members, non-members, the press and archivists. If you are not a current member of our society, but are working on a piece which does, or could, involve cards and would like to hear more, please email our librarian at:

If you do fall in love with one of our own works, please don’t forget we also have a bookshop retailing all our current volumes. And members can advertise in our magazine for copies of older versions of our works, or for card related publications by other writers.

CSGB members can borrow up to two items from our library at a time. Loan requests should be made to

Our books are loaned for one month at a time. Extension can be arranged by email the address above, but, as in all libraries, this depends on whether the book has been requested by another member.

Loaned books will come with a CSGB loan form, plus a return address label. Please keep the packaging safe as you will need to refund that postage and return the form when you return the book. To safeguard our stocks, recorded delivery postage must be used when returning books. Cheques are to be made out to CSGB, or we will accept the equivalent in postage stamps by prior arrangement.

Please note that if any book or item is lost, destroyed or damaged whilst in your possession you will be liable to pay compensation (amount decided by the Council). In order to preserve rarer, earlier, or larger books, the Librarian may agree, and sometimes prefer, to search for and provide information rather than loaning the publication. However, the member must understand such a request may take longer to accomplish.

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Card-World 1922
Card-World 1922
Card-World 2022 volume 46 number 5 September October 2022
Card-World 2021
Card-World 1922
**** Wills & B.A.T. (Combined Volume) 1998
A03 A & B C Chewing Gum Cards Laker, Ian 1981 1st LCCC

Listing of Issues

A04 A & B C Chewing Gum Cards - Update Laker, Ian 2004 2nd LCCC

Updated listing of Issues

A08 Advertising Trade Cards Kaduck, John 1976 1st Bettaga, Victor

American Trade Card Pictorial Record

A14 Aiguebelle, d' Chocolaterie Bettega, Victor 1992 1st Murray, John

Illustrated Catalogue of Issues

A21 American Advertisements Amstel, de Vries/van 1973 1st Bray, C.

Advertisements, 1865-1900

A24 American Book of Checklists Bray, Charles 1950 1st

Handbook - American Cards

A27 American Card Catalog (1946) Burdick, J. R. 1946 2nd

Handbook of American Card Issues

A28 American Card Catalog (1953) Burdick, J. R. 1953 3rd

Handbook of American Card Issues

A29 American Card Catalog (1960) Burdick, J. R. 1960 Kistler Printing Co

Handbook of American Card Issues

A30 American Card Catalogue (1967) Burdick, J. R. 1967 Nostalgia Press

Handbook of American Card Issues

A35 American Playing Cards, Part I Hochman, Gene 1976 Hochman, Gene

Souvenir/World's Fair/Sport/War/Rail etc.

A36 American Playing Cards, Part II Hochman, Gene 1977 Hochman, Gene

Transformation/Insert Cards