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More than a million images have been digitised from the pages of 15th to 19th century books in the British Library. Here are extraordinary, beautiful, musical pictures we found. So much lovely.
The good people released over a million images from their archives onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. Here are some of our favourites.
Published 1530-1547. In an illustration of Psalm 52, the King is depicted as the harpist David, with his jester William Sommers.
Taken from page 80 of an edition of John Keats's poetry - 'Lamia' - with illustrations by Will H. Low. Published 1888.
Taken from page 6 of 'Miscellanies' by Daines Barrington. Published in 1781.
Taken from page 120 of 'Hollande et Hollandais d'après nature' by Hippolyte Durand. Published in 1893.
Taken from page 44 of 'The Tourist's Companion'. Published in 1822.
Taken from 'The Home Beyond', a devotional text-book by C. Murray and others. Published in 1894.
Taken from page 157 of 'Exiles of Fortune. A tale of a far north land' by Gordon Stables. Published in 1890.
Taken from ‘The Bab Ballads’ by W.S. Gilbert, published in 1898.
Taken from page 309 of 'Comic History of Greece from the earliest times to the death of Alexander the Great’ by Charles M.Snyder, published in 1898.
Taken from page 31 of 'To Gipsyland', illustrated by Elizabeth Robins Pennell. Published in 1893.
Taken from page 29 of 'An Epistle [in verse] from Pindar to his pretended cousin Peter...With an appendix, containing Peter's celebrated song “O the roast pork of Old Truro”, published in 1788.
Taken from 'Roman de la Rose' by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meung. Published in Bruges, circa 1490-1500.
Taken from page 97 of 'The Viking Bodleys; an excursion into Norway and Denmark' by Horace Elisha Scudder. Published in 1885.
A poster for Hengler's promenade concerts at Hengler's Grand Cirque, Argyle Street, London- now known as the London Palladium. Published in 1890.
Taken from page 363 of 'A collection of ballads printed in London’ by Thomas Crampton. Published in 1860.
Taken from page 6 of 'The history of England from the Revolution to the death of George the Second' by Tobias George Smollett. Published in 1810.
Image taken from page 377 of 'L'Espagne’ by Gustave Doré. Published in 1874.
Moses, Aaron the High Priest and King David harping. Taken from Passover Haggadah. Originally published in Hamburg and Altona, 1740.
Taken from page 595 of 'King's Handbook of New York City. An outline history and description of the American metropolis.' Published in 1893.
Taken from page 9 of 'The Bab Ballads by W.S. Gilbert. Published in 1898.
Taken from page 15 of ''Belles of the Ballet' by the author of 'Worthy a Crown'. Published in 1895.
Taken from page 640 of 'Kulturgeschichte’ by Baron Friedrich Anton Heller von Hellwald. Published in 1896.
Taken from page 102 of 'A Ramble round France' by J.Chesney. Published in 1895.
Taken from page 159 of 'A Simple Story' by Mrs. Inchbald. Published in 1895.
Image taken from page 408 of 'The Austro-Hungarian Empire - words and pictures', published in Budapest in 1885.