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Macro of an old Pears Cyclopaedia volume I have at home. I picked it up at an opportunity shop a few years ago. The book itself has no date of publication, but it is 9th Edition, and after a bit of internet research, I found out it was first published in 1897, making this particular book 103 years old!

It includes an imperial measurement section, dictionary section missing several words from the 20th century (computer, internet, cyber, CAR!!), atlas section showing Africa with no more than 13 countries (no Zimbabwe, Botswana to name a few).

F4, 1/60, ISO 100
Focal Length 6mm

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Canon SX100IS

This photo has not been enhanced edited or changed in any way.

MCN: C16C5-39F0D-C44A2

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  • Franco De Luca Calce
    Franco De Luca...over 5 years ago

    Really really nice!!

  • Thanks very much Franco!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Ann  Palframan
    Ann Palframanover 5 years ago

    What an awesome concept! Beautifully done, Andrew. Note the 2 famous “Annes” on the page:)))

  • Thanks very much Ann!! I’m actually rather happy with this one and i think i chose a good page of names to put up too! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature,,, nicely done,,, cheers

  • Thanks very much Maria! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • linda858100
    linda858100over 5 years ago


  • Thanks so much Linda!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • rumimume
    rumimumeover 5 years ago

    love it.

    Great subject, great lighting 7 depth of field

  • Thank you very much, appreciate your comments!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Vivi Kalomiri
    Vivi Kalomiriover 5 years ago

    Great work!

  • Thank you fotonio!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks very much Kathy :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot,,,the color and light lend the feel of an old book!!!

  • Thanks very much Linda! I recently found out that the actual book is 103 years old in itself!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • bellmusker
    bellmuskerover 4 years ago

    The colour in this is utterly superb….like honeyed toast. I’m addicted to dictionaries and am smiling at the thought of one without words like computer or bling or google…..this is such a beautiful photo!

  • Haha bling! Just had a look to make sure, and it definitely wasn’t around a century ago :) Thank you so much for the great comment, love your connection to honeyed toast, I can see it!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Charlie Mclenahan
    Charlie Mclenahanabout 1 year ago

    Wow, this would look great in The Book Group challenge

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