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11:45am on Friday, 2nd March, 2012:

Book Destruction


One of the projects I'm working on has a need for large numbers of non-copyright images. To this end, earlier this week I bought a book from 1870 that contains 700 line drawings: Routledge's Popular Natural History by the Rev. J. G. Wood, M.A., F.L.S. (who died in the pre-Disney era of 1889, so all of his stuff is out-of-copyright). Here's a sample illustration:

You may notice that down the right-hand side it's a little shadowed. This is because that picture is on a left-hand (verso) page and the book is so thick that I can't lie it flat. When I scan the pages, they're raised at the spine; this leads to the shadowing effect.

What it therefore comes down to is that if I want to scan those 700 images, I'm going to have to take a 142-year-old book to pieces.

Hmm. I'm a little reluctant to do that, but if I don't then I just wasted £40...

Referenced by Book Fair.

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