Daily Archives: January 26, 2010


European butterflies and moths European Butterflies and Moths

Gawd, this redesign is getting so exciting we can hardly bear it! Metamorphosis, eat your heart out! We’re very close to calling a lot of the new pages finished, although we expect to continue improving things after we do our soft launch.

I found these beautiful plates in a book called European Butterflies and Moths. There’s a huge collection of gorgeous old things in the Smithsonian Libraries collection on archive.org.

This post was somewhat inspired by a juicy thread over on the NGC4LIB mailing list. What is a butterfly?

Happy Australia Day!

Please excuse my national pride leaking out on to the Open Library blog, but, there are some wonderful classic Australian books in the catalog that I’d like to share with you.

While The Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Woman and her Possibilities, a lecture delivered in 1913 in my home town of Adelaide, South Australia, by W. Ramsay Smith.

That’s enough about Australia, lovely as it is. We also wanted to let you know that a friend of the Internet Archive, David Rumsey, has been busy digitizing his wonderful collection of maps and geographical books, for example, The California Water Atlas, which is full to the brim with gorgeous illustrations, timely given all the rain we’ve had in San Francisco this month.