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The Music of the Waters: A Collection of Sea Shanties (1888)

- January 19, 2021 in Uncategorized

The Art of Whaling: Illustrations from the Logbooks of Nantucket Whaleships

- January 13, 2021 in Uncategorized

The 19th-century whale hunt was a brutal business, awash with blubber, blood, and the cruel destruction of life. But between the frantic calls of “there she blows!”, there was plenty of time for creation too. Jessica Boyall explores the rich vein of illustration running through the logbooks and journals of Nantucket whalers.

Samuel G. Szábo’s Rogues, A Study of Characters (1857)

- January 12, 2021 in Uncategorized

An artful rogues’ gallery compiled by a mysterious Hungarian photographer during his decade in America.

Twenty-eight Years of Co-partnership at Guise (1908)

- January 7, 2021 in Uncategorized

An admiring account of Jean-Baptiste Godin’s factory, social housing, and workers’ co-operative in the French town of Guise.

William Hogarth’s Satire on False Perspective (1754)

- January 6, 2021 in Uncategorized

With characteristic skill and wit, Hogarth’s frontispiece for Joshua Kirby’s Method of Perspective shows the pitfalls of getting it wrong.

It’s Our 10th Birthday! Celebrating a Decade of The Public Domain Review

- January 1, 2021 in Uncategorized

Its our big birthday! We celebrate with a year-by-year glance back over the last decade of the project.

Top 10 Most Read Pieces of 2020

- December 28, 2020 in Uncategorized

It's been a strange year to put it mildly, but we've been honoured to have so many include the PDR in your daily surf. Here's a rundown of our Top 10 most read of the year...

The Revolutionary Colossus

- December 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

As the French Revolution entered its most radical years, there emerged in print a recurring figure, the collective power of the people expressed as a single gigantic body — a king-eating Colossus. Samantha Wesner traces the lineage of this nouveau Hercules, from Erasmus Darwin’s Bastille-breaking giant to a latter incarnation in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Don Quixote in the 20th Century (ca. 1905)

- December 9, 2020 in Uncategorized

Colorful chromolithograph postcards depicting Don Quixote in twentieth-century scenes.

Ikom Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria (1913)

- December 8, 2020 in Uncategorized

Mushroom babies, heroic tortoises, death, burial, power struggles: folk tales from southern Nigeria as filtered through the sensibility of a colonial administrator.