Good news this morning for all those who find themselves glancing idly over the text in library books, as they flick through the pages to look at the photographs and illustrations instead. Those jammy folk over at the British Library have got a fair few drawings and illustrations from historical books stashed away in their archive, and the digital world was delighted to find that they had kindly popped one million of them up on Flickr for the rest of the world to share.
One million! The images have been sourced from around 65,000 books dating from the 17th to the 19th century, and they include Arctic hunters, the Pied Piper of Hamelin, drunken sailors, lavish Italian interiors and dreamy landscapes, in one of the most comprehensive snapshots of printed material to date. Anyone else up for starting a campaign to get them on Pinterest too?
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