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First Edition Pamphlet of Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave Is the 4th of July?” (1852)

- July 4, 2020 in Uncategorized

Douglass' famous anti-slavery oration, one of the most important speeches in the history of the United States.

Sicko Doctors: Suffering and Sadism in 19th-Century America

- July 1, 2020 in Uncategorized

American fiction of the 19th century often featured a ghoulish figure, the cruel doctor, whose unfeeling fascination with bodily suffering readers found both unnerving and entirely plausible. Looking at novels by Louisa May Alcott, James Fenimore Cooper, and Herman Melville, Chelsea Davis dissects this curious character.

The Four Elements and Temperaments from an Album of Prints after Maerten de Vos (ca. 1583)

- June 30, 2020 in Uncategorized

Colourful prints depicting the four classical elements and the four temperaments based on paintings by the Flemish artist Maerten de Vos.

William Wood’s The History and Antiquities of Eyam (1848)

- June 24, 2020 in Uncategorized

A romantically tinged history of the town of Eyam, which was devastated by the bubonic plague in 1666.

Early Photographs of Juneteenth Celebrations

- June 18, 2020 in Uncategorized

Historical photographs of early Juneteenth celebrations throughout its home state of Texas and across the country.

Kawanable Kyōsai’s Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (1890)

- June 16, 2020 in Uncategorized

A bone-chilling book of woodblock prints, depicting a parade of demons, by Kawanabe Kyōsai, the bad boy of 19th-century Japanese art.

Petrarch’s Plague: Love, Death, and Friendship in a Time of Pandemic

- June 11, 2020 in Uncategorized

The Italian poet and scholar Francesco Petrarch lived through the most deadly pandemic in recorded history, the Black Death of the 14th century, which saw up to 200 million die from plague across Eurasia and North Arica. Through the unique record of letters and other writings Petrarch left us, Paula Findlen explores how he chronicled, commemorated, and mourned his many loved ones who succumbed, and what he might be able to teach us today.

Select Specimens of the Theatre of the Hindus (1827)

- June 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

The earliest English translations of six Sanskrit plays about gods, nymphs, human sacrifice, sorcery, and love.

The Launch of our Mid-Year Fundraiser!

- June 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

The Public Domain Review's Mid-Year Fundraiser is launched!

Black Lives Matter

- June 8, 2020 in Uncategorized

Some thoughts in light of the Black Lives Matter protests and how we as a project can do better.