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Written By: John
The University of Oldenburg has digitized and made available a wonderfully extensive collection of old children’s books, mostly from the 19th century. I came across the collection a couple of years ago when I was researching an old German children’s picture book a colleague had come across. The title was vague enough to begin with, but even with a fairly accurate (if overly literal) translation I could not find any information. Finally I came across the Oldenburg site, and was very pleased with the extent of titles and images available. I found the book, too, one out of about 400 titles they have scanned and posted.
Oldenburg’s images are not the highest quality. For about 20 euros they will sell you a CD of a title with higher resolution images, which is not a bad deal if you need (or want) them. Most books available for free online will yield usable images of between 800 and 1500 pixels, though, so many people will be perfectly happy with what is available. The images are dirty rough though, and need a lot of cleaning. I here have pulled the images from this 1876 guide to mushrooms. In the GALLERY I have posted two versions of each image: the original and then a copy I have played with to remove the age toning and brighten and sharpen th colors. The originals were not great, so the results are spotty and not great quality, but they give a good idea of what you can find in the Oldenburg archives if you root around. All are cropped to remove the waste area.
Remember, these are artistic renderings from a 130 year old book, so do not use the names or the pictures as a guide to what is or is not edible.
Title: Allgemein verbreitete eßbare und schädliche Pilze mit einigen mikroskopischen Zergliederungen und erläuterndem Text zum Gebrauche in Schule und Haus
Author: Wilhelm von Ahles
Publisher: Schreiber (?)
Date Published: 1876
The full book is available at the UNIVERSITY OF OLDENBURG
Edited versions of the images are here in the GALLERY.
Following are a few samples of the images: