Download books


How does it work ?
You will find here several lists of digitized public domain books kept behind Gale-Cengage paywalls and sorted by collection and then by subject.
For each book you will find an Id and a content set.
You can use this data to find the URLS of a book which will always look like as follows :

  • The base URL :
  • The record Id : recordID=1259900700
  • The page Id : 00010 (00010 is for page 1, 00020 is for page 2 and so on)
  • The collection Id : &contentSet=ECFA

Once you have an URL, you can either download each image by hand or use a script.

Eighteenth Century Collection

You will find here every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century, along with thousands of important works from the Americas.
Images are all .tiff .

History and Geography Social Sciences Fine Arts
Religion and Philosophy Litterature and Language Law
General reference Medicine, Sciences and Technology

Nineteenth Century Collections
Primary sources for Nineteenth Century studies.
Images are all .jpg

Asia and the West
Asia and USA
Asia and UK
British Politics and Society
British Cabinet Papers, 1880-1916 Home Office: Domestic Entry Books, 1782-1898
Home Office: Post Office Correspondence, 1789-1840 Home Office: Domestic Correspondence, 1773-1861
Home Office: Criminal (Rewards and Pardons) Correspondence and Secret Service Reports, 1820-1840
British Theatre, Music and Literature
Covent Garden Theatre : Diaries and pay-books, 1822-1833
Drury Lane Under Sheridan, 1776-1812 Manuscript Plays and Correspondence

The Goldsmiths’-Kress Collection, 1450-1850
Images are all .tiff

Agriculture Books before 1600 Books after 1601
Colonies Commerce Corn Laws
Fifteenth Century Finance General
Miscelleanous Politics Population
Slavery Social Conditions Socialism
Trade and Manufactures Transport

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive
Manuscripts images are .jpg . Books images are .tiff.


Sabin Americana
Based on Joseph Sabin’s famed bibliography, Bibliotheca Americana ā€“ A Dictionary of Books Relating to America From its Discovery to the Present Time, Sabin Americana, 1500ā€“1923 is an online collection of books, pamphlets, serials and other works about the Americas, from the time of their discovery to the early 1900s.
The book ids are unfortunately not in the spreadsheet but can be easily obtained : To get the book id, copy-paste the “Get Book Id” url in your browser and look for the “Document Id” (which looks like SABCP04185302, for instance) in the snippet.
All images are .tiff.

Title list

The Times 1785-1923
Images are all .tiff.
Use the Times Digital Archive issue id generator.

Illustrated London News 1842-1923
Images are all .jpg.

Use the Times Digital Archive issue id generator.


3 thoughts on “Download books

  1. rainbowfrog says:

    it does not work… all links > 404 ā€” File not found.

  2. Bill says:

    Do you know what the URL form for the Sunday Times is? (It’s different from the regular daily Times.) Thanks!

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