Francis Quarles ‘Emblems’ is a book of moral and religious verse first published in 1635. To be honest, the text content of the book is enought to send anyone to sleep (imo), but if you are into that kind of thing you might find it interesting. The real interesting thing about this book is its illustrative history. The original was pictured by, amongst others, William Marshall with a series of grotesque engravings. There have been many subsequent editions of the book but the one of real interest to us is the 1886 edition, illustrated by W H Rogers and C H Bennet. The style of these drawings is light years ahead of time in my opinion. They are interesting, and quirky whilst being mildly disturbing – excellent qualities for illustrative work! Take a look (click thumbnails for full size):
The page scan of this book can be downloaded at the internet archive and the good thing about their scans is that they are done at 300dpi so if you have photoshop you can extract the images from the book at this resolution. There are 79 full page images so it would take a while to do this but worth it. Luckily for you I have already done it! Download a zip file of the lot HERE.
Quarles is yet another example of a public domain resource that you can take and use for profit. For example, I think these emblems would look amazing on a t-shirt. If you have a store at Zazzle or Cafe Press you could make a highly original product with these (a problem on those sites as you get a lot of t-shirts etc with the same images but I cant see many people having these!). You could keep the images as they are or if you are any good at photoshop etc you can fool around with them to come up with some funky/original design. Heres my rather bad attempt) just done quickly to give you a general idea):
Hope you enjoyed the post. If anyone who has “$50 A Day Auction Challenge” would be interested in some instruction / video on how to get these max res images out of a pdf with photoshop just leave a comment and I will add it to the download area if theres any demand.