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A detail from a border in a French edition of the Imitation of Christ. I made other details and the full border available as well as a full-page engraving.
A winged angel with a star on his forehead, a halo, wings and a flowing tunic, swings a thurible or incense burner on chains from one hand as he appears to hover. In Christion iconography, the smoke from burning incense represents prayers going up to heaven. This angel was incorporated into the ...
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I'm posting this today because we need more almost-unbearable cuteness in our daily lives. I even left some of the yellowish cast from the early Victorian paper.
A small child, presumably a little girl, wearinga frilly lace bonnet, a dress, white stockings and tiny slippers, sits or half-kneels on the floor clutching a small dog—a puppy judging by the size of its paws—by the neck and mouth. The infant girl is looking straight towards the viewer.
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http://www.fromoldbooks.org/ArtJournal-XII-1850/pages/016-horses-eating-scanty-meal/?gplus=socks

An 1850 engraving of a painting by John Frederick Herring; the engraving appears to me stronger than the original painting, partly because it's a detail and not the whole picture but also because of the greater contrast.
THE VERNON GALLERY. THE SCANTY MEAL. J.F. Herring, Painter. E Hacker, Engraver. Size of the Picture, 2 ft 5¼ in by 1 ft 9½ in. —. The various engravings which within the last few years have been made from Mr. Herring's pictures, and the success that has followed their production have ...
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I'm not sure what sort of leaves they are and would welcome feedback.

I coloured this image; you can also have it in black if you like. Oval borders are relatively unusual. Or is this an elliptical frame rather than oval??
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This woodcut was in a 19th century catalogue of "clip art" but from the uniforms of the soldiers and the general condition I'd guess it to be from the 1700s instead.
This image was almost certainly made to have text inserted in the central black rectangle. If you do this, you should probably first fill the rectangle with solid black. The picture shows a line of soldiers, in an eighteenth-century style of uniform including a diagonal sash across the chest and ...
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The Roman statue in this picture of a scan of an engraving represents Victoria, the Roman goddess of Victory; such statues are known as Victories. (Hmm, say that in RDF!)
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I've started using Ezoic, a service that runs experiments by changing the layout of a Web site and measuring the effects on traffic and ad revenue.

I might not like the layouts it's trying especially, but I can see that they're more effective in at least some ways. My own goal is to make useful and interesting Web sites and to keep up to date with Web technologies. So I'm monitoring what Ezoic does, trying to keep on top of fixing any problems, and learning with interest about how the changes affect the usefulness of the Web site.
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I just got back from ten days in Prague; while i was there I visited two antiquarian bookshops and bought seven books. Some of these pictures are somewhat distorted, sorry, but they give a good idea.

I think (unlike facebook) the gplus updater rearranges the photos; originally it was cover, title page and sample image for each book.
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Thanks, Liam -- I'll pass that on.
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This is a (large) detail from a larger coloured printed plate also on the same site. The printing used separate impressions for each colour, probably with pin-holes in the paper for alignment; the pinholes would probably be in the part of the paper that would be trimmed during binding.

Will she take his arm?
These two people represent nobility from the third quarter of the sixteenth century (1550 to 1580); they have hats in red and gold; ruffs around their necks; fur-lines gowns; red sleeves. They have slightly pinkish faces. The man has white socks and cream-coloured (or slightly yellow) shoes.
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This engraving was in a Victorian catalogue to be sold as (essentially) clip-art for printers: they would sell you a copy of the wood-block, made using a mould.

This particular picture was marked as having been made originally by Thomas Bewick, who (in the West at least) invented the wood-engraving, a form of woodcut in which the engraving is made on the end of the wood instead of the side and which was almost universally adopted after Bewick's work. The advantages are that you can achieve finer detail and thinner lines, without having to fight the wood-grain with your engraving tools, and that the result is less affected overall by the grain of the wood. A disadvantage is are higher cost (broad planks are much cheaper than large cross-grain rectangles because you  have to start with a larger tree).

This dog is maybe on the scent of something: eyes forward and tail up!
You can get a version of this image without the watermark (the URL at the lower right corner). Download image. The images are watermarked to help people find where they came from if they get reposted to blogs or other sites. Images under 1200 pixels on a side are still free, although I will ask ...
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This decorative letter N is from an 8th or 9th century manuscript. I traced a reproduction of it in +Inksckape (with potrace) to get this result.
This initial letter N in the Carolingian style was used as a decorative initial for the start of a copy of John's Gospel (beginning In Principio, or In the beginning; this is the N from “In”). The Gospel here dates from the 8th or 9th century and was associated with the church of St. Pierre in ...
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Something for Christmas perhaps - oak and mistletoe I think, and a harp with a ribbon. Or maybe it'd be better for a druidic festival...
This woodcut was used as decoration to mark the end of a chapter; it features oak branches, with leaves and acorns in their cups, and also misteltoe branches with leaves and the white berries, a harp with seven strings, and, in the front, a ribbon typing together the branches.
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Images and text taken from old books
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Over 3,000 images taken from old books, and mostly out of copyright. Also extracts from the books, and in some cases entire texts.

I (Liam Quin) do this in my spare time, so it’s been going slowly, but there are some really neat images, and some texts that I really love, such as two different dictionaries of thieving slang, books of proverbs, and a really huge 1810 dictionary of biography!

Most of the images are available at print resolution on request; if it's for commercial use there's a one-time charge, because hosting a royalty-free stock image Web site turns out to be expensive!

I don't know how long I'll be able to keep running the site; I put ads on it, and that's helped.