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Interesting Old Vintage Books

Updated on February 4, 2016

Beautiful Old Vintage Books

I love old books and I love the illustrations that are in these stories, some of them are absolutely amazing. Some of the more outstanding ones are presented here. They are truly works of art and something to be appreciated. I've handpicked each one. I haven't included any children's books here because I have another page of vintage children's illustrations, dedicated solely to displaying old children's books.

I've included a sampling of the pictures in the story as well. If you click on the large image you can view it in its entirety. These books are in the public domain and you are free to use the images and text from the books however you want, but always confirm this before using them as the copyright laws vary from country to country. The photo to the left here is just one of many of the beautiful drawings in an old catalogue of cigar box labels.

Forty Years of 'Spy' - Click on the Thumbnails to Enlarge

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The Bird Book - Click on Thumbnails to Enlarge

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Cigar Box Labels - Click on Photos to Enlarge

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Canadian Wildflowers - Click on Thumbnails to Enlarge

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Quality Street - Click on Thumbnails to Enlarge

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What's your favorite old book? - Or just mention that you stopped by ...

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    • rainydaz profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the feature and taking the time to visit.

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      5 years ago

      I am featuring this lens on my new lens page, Vintage Books to be published soon! The illustrations here are fantastic!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      7 years ago from Albany New York

      I love old books, and especially if they have illustrations. Thanks for this lovely lens.

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      Sandra Wilson 

      7 years ago from Wilson Education Resource Centre

      I love the bird book you mention and I love books in general! Thanks for a great lens!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I could spend hours in used bookstores. Vintage books are a treat to browse.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      You have some lovely images from old books here. Lovely!

    • rainydaz profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @TeacherSerenia: Thanks for the blessing!

    • TeacherSerenia profile image


      7 years ago

      I ;obe antiquarian booksand have several lenses on them. But I never thought to write anything about books that are the public domain. These illustrations are gorgeous too. Blessed by a passing angel.

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      7 years ago

      Wonderful images and all the cigar box labels are familiar to me from my childhood...a pleasurable walk down memory lane...

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      7 years ago

      Great lens, I love it! The vintage illustrations you've gathered are awesome.


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