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the Geography of ULTBs

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Editado: Fev 7, 2011, 12:08pm

Which of your ULTB books reflect where in the world you live/have lived?

When my mother-in-law died, her children were uninterested in her books, so I rented a storage garage to keep and sort them for my children. One of the treasures is a full colored book published in 1937 by the West Virginia State Road Comission - West Virginia Historic and Scenic Highway Markers, very evocative of that time period.

And I recently acquired another local history book which no one else on LT has listed - An American Legacy: The Oglebay Story, about one of the founders of Wheeling, WV.

And y'all?

Editado: Fev 4, 2011, 2:17pm

Nice Topic!!

Fev 4, 2011, 5:10pm

I know it's a lot to ask, but a lot of American books like that from the early 20th century are in the PD; have you ever thought of scanning them and uploading them to, say, the Internet Archive?

Fev 4, 2011, 5:53pm

About half my ULTBs are Irish, and about half of those are very local indeed, to the two counties where I've lived, County Dublin and County Wicklow.

Fev 4, 2011, 6:34pm

Architects in Albany

But I'm hoping that isn't a ULTB for long as it is an excellent book and I'm not the only LTer in the area.

Fev 4, 2011, 8:59pm

Looking at the ULTB tag page ( ), the most common associated tags of a geographic nature are for Colorado, Germany, and French. Embroidery and needlework seem to be the binding subject type.

Fev 4, 2011, 9:33pm

Hangs head in shame,

Although I have about 100 "oncers" I have not (yet :-) tagged them ULTB.

I imagine each city can throw up a niche book. eg.

I also have a few Soviet era Latvian books (not yet catalogued) which I also
expect to be ULTB's

I am more surprised that some of my Political Cartoon books (quite popular in Australia) are also unique to LT.


Fev 4, 2011, 10:50pm

I just tagged mine, started with 45 but quickly combined down to 44. But I have some pamphlets and ebooks in there. Are those kosher?

Fev 5, 2011, 4:14am

Hi vpfluke,

How/where did you find the "ULTB tag page"? say starting from the "home" page.

Editado: Fev 5, 2011, 3:46pm

Here is the link to the ULTB tag page: .

The way I refound it, was I typed in ULTB in the search box on the upper right. The result is a blank page with no results, except that in the list of page types on the right you'll see "tags" with (3). So you punch on that, and you'll get the list of 3 tags which contain ultb, including the big one, which I am referring to.

(after edit)
The othe way to get to the tag page is to go up to the top of this page and punch on Group: Unique Library Thing Book Group . When you get to the ULTB book page, go to the Topic: Have you checked your list lately? Read the first message and there is a link to the ULTB tag page. I had remembered that the link was posted in that message.

Fev 5, 2011, 5:26pm

6> I'm afraid I'm responsible for Colorado. Although not for embroidery and needlework.

Fev 6, 2011, 6:36pm

Lots of my ULTBs are guidebooks that my family picked up in our travels when I was a kid; they are therefore both arcane and old.

I suspect that a lot of the needlework/craft oriented ones are craft magazines or pattern pamphlets.

Fev 6, 2011, 6:47pm

Looking at my list, I see that there are also a lot of museum exhibit catalogs; these also tend to have both an interesting geographic component, and a limited ownership; they don't often get reprinted.

Fev 8, 2011, 10:39am

Only 2 of my 41 ULTBs are geographically linked to places I've lived. A greater percentage are linked to personal relationships with authors. I treasure these books over the merely rare ones.