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21 Google Book Scans That Bring Surprising Intimacy To The Digital Book World

Just when physical book lovers were losing hope in a world of Kindles and iPads, Google Book Art emerged. Since 2011, this Tumblr has collected the detailed, often beautiful, images that lay not in the writing itself but the history of the eyes who read it.

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3. And the basics of the library books become oddly comforting.

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From the front matter of English Traditional Songs and Carols edited by Lucy Etheldred Broadwood (1908). Original from Harvard University. Digitized Nov. 6, 2007.

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7. "The halo of a removed flower"

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From The Ladies’ Work-table Book: Containing Clear and Practical Instructions in Plain and Fancy Needlework, Embroidery, Knitting, Netting, and Crochet (1845). Digitized March 17, 2008.

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11. "Marbled paper curls and peels"

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From the rear cover of A Brief Account of Many of the Prosecutions of the People Call’d Quakers in the Exchequer, Ecclesiastical, and Other Courts by Joseph Besse (1736). Digitized June 22, 2006.

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