A Look Back At The Evolution Of Publishing With The British Library (kind of)

That sounds awfully highfalutin, doesn’t it? I mean, it’s Saturday morning. Who wants to read about the history of publishing at this hour of a bank holiday weekend?

Don’t worry. I wouldn’t do it to you. I just thought I might share some resource news with you before I go into hibernation, because the clocks are going back on Saturday, all the leaves will be off the trees by Monday, and because, well, Ireland.

I read recently that the British Library made over 1,000,000 images (taken from old books) free to any and all users on the marvellous Interweb. It’s a fantastic resource for bloggers in particular, and I couldn’t resist fiddling around with some of them. So in the interests of passing on this marvellous information, here we go.

A Look Back At The Evolution Of Publishing With The British Library (kind of)


A Look Back At The Evolution Of Publishing With The British Library (kind of)


A Look Back At The Evolution Of Publishing With The British Library (kind of)


Have a lovely weekend. Zzzzzzzzzz.

  35 comments for “A Look Back At The Evolution Of Publishing With The British Library (kind of)

  1. October 24, 2015 at 11:11 am

    What a fantastic resource. Charles Spencer’s The Modern Bicycle book cover still looks fresh and current even in 2015. Bet there’s images of David Coverdale too.

    That’s my weekend used up.

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 24, 2015 at 12:05 pm

      I had difficulty dragging myself away from the scenes of bucolic child-snatching myself, Chris. It can be all-consuming

      Liked by 1 person

  2. October 24, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Well, isn’t that nice? Thanks for that – I think my blog is about to get a face lift…

    Now, off to download 1,000,000 illustrations. Won’t take long, I’m sure.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. October 24, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    The camel illustration reminded me that I worked with the first woman to become chair(person) of The Reform Club…Geoffrey the Camel looks like he’s headed that way with his very own in-80-days-around-the-world master. What a great resource this is going to be, thanks for alerting us to it!

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  4. October 24, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Reblogged this on Stories from the Hearth and commented:
    What an amazing resource WP blogger Tara Sparling has alerted us to here – just had a peek at the children’s book illustrations uploaded by those diligent British Library people. Marvellous stuff! Thank you so much Tara.

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  5. October 24, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for the tip, Tara! And the laughs! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. October 24, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Nice resource. Like what you did with them! The Authoress’ Dilemma was really good.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. October 24, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    A million thanks for this Tara! 😀 The British Library (& Museum) is one of my favourite things on the planet but I completely missed this :$ Also I now have an image for my mum’s birthday card! 😉

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  8. October 24, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Reblogged this on Jan Hawke INKorporated and commented:
    She’s done it again – web trend-setter Tara Sparling ( 😛 ) spreads some joy, courtesy of the British Library!

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  9. October 24, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Hilarious. I think you could just make a career change with these: give up writing in longform, and go into the Gary Larson type card/calendar/comics biz. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 24, 2015 at 7:09 pm

      But I couldn’t possibly risk doing anything with the smallest chance of success, Lorraine. It would ruin my literary legacy, no?

      Liked by 1 person

  10. October 24, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Yes, I understand. These lower bars keep us humbled and in pain, always good for the literary sensibility.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. October 24, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Are we allowed to sue you for time consumed owing to the information so wantonly disseminated in your post? I like the Improved Stickphast’s Office Paste (double strength). Cheaper, cleaner, & sticks much harder than gum. Warranted not to turn sour. Made of finest wheaten flour. The illustration is rather worrying.

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 25, 2015 at 12:21 am

      You are allowed to sue, Hilary. Just as long as you use my lawyer & pay up front. I also use that paste, by the way. I hold the patent. If you mention it online, you have to pay me 70,000 euro.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. October 25, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Reblogged this on bhalsop and commented:
    The Irish Wonder wondered again and came up with a wonderful resource and laughter inducer for everyone to ogle!

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 25, 2015 at 8:29 pm

      Not just to ogle. Don’t forget they’re also for interfering with! Thanks for the reblog!


  13. October 25, 2015 at 8:01 am

    What’s the meaning of this Sparling? I saw this on FB yesterday and said “Hurrah! I’ll read this witty and lengthy post tomorrow while I try to catch up with the hour. I find that it is brief, informative and useful. Three things you usually forgo in favour of entertainment value. What’s going on?

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 25, 2015 at 8:31 pm

      I had a hangover, Conor. I can become terribly responsible with one. But don’t worry, I’m not going to make a habit of it. My next post is a 3,000 word diatribe about overuse of the word ‘so’.

      Liked by 1 person

  14. October 26, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Tara, love your take on responsible blogging with a hangover.
    SO, hope you have snuggly hibernation that doesn’t leave us out in the cold for too long.

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      I wish, Jean! I have to come back out tomorrow to work. Measliest hibernation in history. I might have to console myself with images of women forced to stay at home. Or maybe not.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. October 28, 2015 at 1:35 am

    Reblogged this on theowlladyblog.

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