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.

Browse our library

Ref. Sort descending Title Author(s) Year Edition Publisher Notes Admin
C256 Chewing Gum Book, The Great American Hendrickson, Robert 1976 1st Chilton Book Co.

History of Chewing Gum & Cards

C257 Illustrated Guide for anonymous Chines packet and factory backs 2007 edition Owyang, D., Payne G., Smith M., Suter P., Wright P., Zhou X. 2007 Owyang, Dennis

Illustrated Guide

C258 Catalogue of International Cigarette Cards

The LCCC 1982 1st Illustrated guide Webb & Bower, Exeter

C259 Catalogue des chromos del Choclaterie Poulain Jean Francois Cholley 2004 Jean Francois Cholley
C260 Church & Dwight Hodge, J. D. 1994

USA Guide to Issues Hodge

C263 Cibils Wharton-Tigar/de Magistris 1988 2nd Vansevenant

Cibils - Beef Extract cards

C266 Cigar, The Connoisseur's Book of the Davidoff, Zino 1969 1st

Information on Cigars McGraw-Hill

C268 Cigarette & Trade Cards Howsden, Gordon 1995 1st New Cavendish Books

How to Collect - Illustrated

C270 Cigarette Card Cavalcade Cruse, A. J. 1948 1st Vawser & Wiles

Illustrated Guide to Cards

C272 Cigarette Card Collectors' Handbook Bason, Fred 1938 Anscornbe, Robert

Collectors' Handbook

C279 Cigarette Card News, Vol. 1-3 LCCC 1936 1st LCCC

Journal, LCCC, Oct.'33-Sep.'36

C281 Cigarette Card News, Vol. 4-6 LCCC 1939 1st LCCC

Journal, LCCC, OCL'36-Sep.'39

C284 Cigarette Card News, Vol. 7-9 LCCC 1942 1st LCCC

Journal, LCCC, Oct.'39-Sep.'42

C285 Cigarette Card News, Vol. 9-10 LCCC 1943 1st LCCC

Journal, LCCC, Oct.'41-Sep.'43

C286 Cigarette Card News, Vols. 10-12 LCCC 1945 1st LCCC

Journal, LCCC, Oct.'42-Sep.'45

C289 Cigarette Card News, Vols.13-15 LCCC 1948 1st LCCC

Journal, LCCC, OCL'45-Sep.'48

C292 Cigarette Card News, Vols.16-18 LCCC 1951 1st LCCC

Journal, LCCC, Oct.'48-Sep.'51

C294 Cigarette Card News, Vols.18-19 LCCC 1953 1st LCCC

Journal, LCCC, Oct.'50-Jun.'53

C295 Cigarette Card News, Vol.19 LCCC 1951 1st LCCC

Journal, LCCC, Oct.'51-Jun.'52,+lndex

C296 Cigarette Card News, Vols.19-20 LCCC 1955 1st LCCC

Journal, LCCC, Oct.'51-Jun.'55