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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2. Even the images, simply titled "Employee's Hand" look like eery pieces of pop art.

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An Account of the Societies for Reformation of Manners, in England and Ireland by Josiah Woodward (1701). Digitized Jan. 24, 2011.

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.

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.

10. "Frontispiece image transferred to the front page."

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From the title page of The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, v. 13-14 (1829). Original from Princeton University. Digitized July 18, 2011.

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.

13. "Employees Hands"

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Top: From Theodori Gaze Institutionis Grammaticae Liber Primus (1543). Digitized June 13, 2012.

Bottom: From De Anima by Oswald Coscan and Sebastian Model (1616). Digitized July 19, 2011.