Pictures of old books (page 1/4)

[picture: Dumbledore's Wizarding Spell-book]

Title: Pictures of old books

Author: Quin, Liam

City: Toronto

Date: 2003

Total items: 33

Out of copyright (called public domain in the USA), hence royalty-free for all purposes usage credit requested, or as marked.

Some sample images

[picture: Stack of old books, dark background]

Stack of old books, dark background

A stack of mostly leather-bound antique books. Old books. Antiquarian books. Dusty books. A pile of vintage books! These are some of the books whose images (and in some cases text) you will find on This pile of books has a black background; there is also a pile of books with a white background. [more...] [$]

[picture: 1581 Psalter with Rose]

1581 Psalter with Rose

Warm sunlight streams down on this ancient prayer book, bible and psalter, open to the Lord’s Prayer set to music. A rose lies on the open book. [more...] [$]

[picture: Out of Sorts - Pieces of Type]

Out of Sorts - Pieces of Type

These pieces of lead type (actually the metal is a lead-based alloy) were cast for me on a Monotype machine; they print less-than and greater-than signs. The slot helps the Monotype machine to set the type, but it also helps a hand compositor because when the type is held in the composing stick in the hand the slots all line up [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Old Books 1: Chambaud's French/English Dictionary]

Old Books 1: Chambaud’s French/English Dictionary

Close-up of the tops of three volumes from Chambaud’s Dictionary of English and French. Leather-bound books are always photogenic. I’ve made this image available in lots of sizes; please use the size most appropriate. You might also [...] [more...] [$]

[picture: Withered Love (romantic version)]

Withered Love (romantic version)

An old astrology book lies open, but on the open page is a withered rose. Love has faded. [more...] [$]

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Here are some public domain pctures of old books. You can do whatever you like with these, although you shouldn’t say that you made them! I (Liam R E Quin) do retain the moral right to be identified as author/creator. The one with the shelf visible was taken by my partner, who also explicitly assigned copyright to the public domain.

There are some more pictures from old books taken from an old book, too.

There’s something about leather-bound books; a lot of people collect leather books. For my own part I’m more interested in what’s inside the book than the fine bindings, but since some of these antiquarian books still look rather pretty, I thought I’d share some pictures!

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