This database of old book illustrations is the Good Internet.
So many internet rabbit holes are exercises in impotent rage and/or envy, so it’s a real delight to come upon a method of wasting many hours that’s actually good (or at the very least true neutral). So next time you find yourself elbows deep in the Instagram feed of your college ex’s ex’s influencer sister (as a for instance), take a step back and head over to Old Book Illustrations, a database of, yes, old book illustrations.
They’re searchable by book, author, artist, date and keyword, so there are any numbers of ways to get lost looking at images of say, a hedgehog fight:
Or Ibsen chasing off Irving and Ingersoll with a recitation of his play:
Or a classic Medieval first date:
Go forth and waste time!