British Library releases 1 million images on Flickr

Posted on December 16, 2013

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The British Library has released 1 million images to Flickr Commons, that can be reused, remixed and repurposed by anybody.  Most of the images are taken from 17th, 18th and 19th Century books, which cover a wide range of different subjects.

There’s more about this on the British Library’s blog, and the images themselves are available here.

There are maps:

British Library Flickr Commons.  Image from

British Library Flickr Commons. Image from “Le Mexique … Avec une préface de I. Altamirano … et une carte, etc”

There are illustrations:

British Library Flickr Commons. Image from “Az Osztrák-Magyar Monarchia irásban és képben. Rudolf trónörökös főherczeg Ő … fensége kezdeményezéséből és közremunkálásával. (Die deutsche Ausgabe redigirt … J. von Weilen, die ungarische M. Jókai.) Hung”, “Appendix. Topography and Travels”

There are also early photographs:

British Library Flickr Commons. Image from “Architecture at Ahmedabad, the Capital of Goozerat, photographed by Colonel Biggs, … With an historical and descriptive sketch, by T. C. H., … and architectural notes by J. Fergusson, etc”

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