Quote from full announcement

We have released over a million
images<http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary>onto Flickr Commons
for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images
> were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised
> by 
> Microsoft<http://pressandpolicy.bl.uk/Press-Releases/The-British-Library-19th-Century-Book-Digitisation-Project-343.aspx>who
>  then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release
> them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling
> mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful
> illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters,
> colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that
> even we are not aware of.

Flickr account http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary
Example of image http://www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/11307195524/
Example of all images from a book
Stuff for coders https://github.com/BL-Labs/imagedirectory

So... :-)
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