‘Old Book Illustrations was born of the desire to share illustrations from a modest collection of books, which we set out to scan and publish. With the wealth of resources available online, it became increasingly difficult to resist the temptation to explore other collections and include these images along with our own. Although it would have been possible to considerably broaden the time-frame of our pursuit, we chose to keep our focus on the original period in which we started for reasons pertaining to taste, consistency, and practicality: due to obvious legal restrictions, we had to stay within the limits of the public domain. This explains why there won’t be on this site illustrations first published prior to the 18th century or later than the first quarter of the 20th century’
We do not try to limit the use of the Illustrations available on OBI, but we cannot guarantee these Illustrations are noninfringing, or legally accessible in your jurisdiction and your use of them is solely at your own risk. Although we do our best to offer only Illustrations that are considered public domain in most countries, copyright laws vary from one jurisdiction to another, and you agree that you are solely responsible for abiding by all laws and regulations that may be applicable to using the Illustrations. While we endeavor to provide enough information to make that process as easy as possible, we cannot guarantee that this information is accurate.
You are welcome to download as many pictures as you wish, with no restriction in time or quantity; but we do not approve of the use of offline browsing software, or website downloaders, such as HTTRack, WebReaper, etc, due to the heavy load they put on the server. Please don’t use them.
All Texts (original works and translations) that do not belong to the public domain are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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OBI explores the art of book illustrations within boundaries defined by time and age, not by subject, treatment, or intent. This means that some illustrations might be deemed offensive, disturbing, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. We do not endorse views or opinions the Illustrations may express, neither do we guarantee that the information conveyed by any Illustration is accurate.
OBI is provided to you on an as-is basis. You agree that your use of the site and of its content is at your sole risk. You understand and agree that OBI makes no warranty or representation regarding the accuracy, completeness, reliability, or usefulness of its content, that the site or its content will meet your requirements, that access to the site will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free, or that defects, if any, will be corrected. We make no warranty of any kind, either express or implied.
N.B. Copyright laws are territorial, which means it is the law currently in force in the country where you live that will apply to you—not the law of the country where the artwork was created. Here is a guide to the copyright term and the public domain in the US, provided by the Cornell Copyright Information Center.