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The Chinese Fairy Book (1921)

- November 28, 2013 in California Digital Library, china, chinese fairy tales, collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, fairy tales, fairytales, Internet Archive, texts, Texts: 20th, Texts: Fairytales, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide

A book compiling seventy-four traditional Chinese folk takes, making, as the translator notes, "probably the most comprehensive and varied collection of oriental fairy tales ever made available for American readers".

Jap Herron: A Novel written from the Ouija Board (1917)

- October 29, 2013 in California Digital Library, collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, emily grant hutchings, Internet Archive, jap herron, mark twain, occult, ouija board, seance, spiritualism, texts, Texts: 20th, Texts: Fiction, Underlying Work: PD US

Jap Herron, the novel written, supposedly, by a deceased Mark Twain from beyond the grave, dictated via the medium of a Ouija board.

A Pamphlet on Verdi (1901)

- October 10, 2013 in California Digital Library, collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, Internet Archive, Music, opera, texts, Texts: 20th, Texts: Non-fiction, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide, verdi

A small pamphlet (in the series "Little journeys to the homes of great musicians") on the life of the Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi, beginning with a fictionalised account of his childhood meeting with his early patron Signior Barezzi and his eldest daughter Margherita, with whom Verdi ended up falling in love.

Blackboard Sketching (1909)

- September 17, 2013 in art, blackboard, California Digital Library, chalk, classroom, collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, Internet Archive, teacher, texts, Underlying Work: PD 50 Years, Underlying Work: PD US

Blackboard Sketching, by Frederick Whitney; 1908; Milton Bradley, Springfield, Mass., New York. A book by Massachusetts based artist and teacher Frederik Whitney (1858-1949) on the lost art of blackboard drawing. As the introduction states: “Ability to draw easily and well on the blackboard is a power which every teacher of children covets. Such drawing is a language which never fails to hold attention and awaken delighted interest”. Housed at: Internet Archive | From: California Digital Library Underlying Work: PD U.S. & PD 50 years | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights Download: PDF | Torrent HELP TO KEEP US AFLOAT The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project and we rely on support from our readers to stay afloat. If you like what we do then please do consider making a donation. We welcome all contributions, big or small - everything helps! Become a Patron Small angel : £3.00 GBP - monthly Medium sized hero : £5.00 GBP - monthly Large emperor : £10.00 GBP - monthly Vast deity : £20.00 GBP - monthly Make a one off Donation SIGN UP TO THE NEWSLETTER Sign up to get our free fortnightly newsletter which shall deliver direct to your inbox the latest […]

Nursery Lessons in Words of One Syllable (1838)

- August 1, 2013 in California Digital Library, children, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, Internet Archive, nursery, texts, Texts: 19th, Texts: Childrens, Texts: Picturebooks, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide, words

Nursery Lessons in Words of One Syllable; 1838; Darton and Harvey, London. A charming little illustrated book for young readers, consisting entirely of words of one syllable. Housed at: Internet Archive | From: California Digital Library Found via: Tiffany Johnson Underlying Work: PD Worldwide | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights Download: PDF | Kindle | EPUB | Torrent HELP TO KEEP US AFLOAT The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project and we rely on support from our readers to stay afloat. If you like what we do then please do consider making a donation. We welcome all contributions, big or small - everything helps! Become a Patron Small angel : £3.00 GBP - monthly Medium sized hero : £5.00 GBP - monthly Large emperor : £10.00 GBP - monthly Vast deity : £20.00 GBP - monthly Make a one off Donation SIGN UP TO THE NEWSLETTER Sign up to get our free fortnightly newsletter which shall deliver direct to your inbox the latest brand new article and a digest of the most recent collection items. Simply add your details to the form below and click the link you receive via email to confirm your subscription! Name: E-mail:

The Book of Wonderful Characters (1869)

- July 17, 2013 in California Digital Library, collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, Internet Archive, texts, Texts: 19th, Texts: Miscellaneous, Texts: Non-fiction, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide, victorian, vignettes

The Book of Wonderful Characters, Memoirs and anecdotes of remarkable and eccentric persons in all ages and countries; 1869; J. C. Hotten, London. Printmaker James Caulfield (1764–1826) spent much of his career publishing illustrated books about ‘remarkable persons’. He began his first series around 1788 and continued it sporadically from 1790 to 1795, with books on a similar theme continuing to appear in the first decades of the nineteenth century. More than forty years after his death, this collection of biographies (produced in collaboration with Henry Wilson (fl. 1820–30)) was republished in 1869. The vignettes, accompanied by engravings of each individual, describe a wide-ranging group – from the man who died aged 152 to a ‘remarkable glutton’ to a woman who lived on the smell of flowers – their only common factor being that they were in some way ‘wonderful’. (Text via Cambridge University Press, through which you can buy a 2012 reprint edition). Housed at: Internet Archive | From: California Digital Library Underlying Work: PD Worldwide | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights Download: PDF | Kindle | EPUB HELP TO KEEP US AFLOAT The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project and we rely on support from our readers […]

The Blossoms of Morality (1806)

- June 13, 2013 in California Digital Library, children, collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, instruction, Internet Archive, morality, texts, Texts: 18th, Texts: 19th, Texts: Childrens, Texts: Fiction, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide, vice

The Blossoms of Morality intended for the amusement and instruction of young ladies and gentlemen by the editor of The looking-glass for the mind ; with forty-seven cuts ; designed and engraved by I. Bewick.; 4th edition, 1806; Printed for J. Harris in London. As the subtitle proclaims, this book originally published in the late 18th century is “intended for the amusement and instruction of young ladies and gentlemen”. The introduction is presumably one into the moral ridden world of adults. A vast array of different little stories are told for the purpose, including the excellently titled “Juvenile tyranny conquered” and “The melancholy effects of pride”. Each is told in a brilliantly earnest yet flowery style, for example, the first sentence of the first story, “Ernestus and Fragilus”, reads: The faint glimmerings of the pale-faced moon on the troubled billows of the ocean are not so fleeting and inconstant as the fortune and condition of human life. 47 beautiful illustrations by I. Bewick adorn it throughout. Housed at: Internet Archive | From: California Digital Library Underlying Work: PD Worldwide | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights Download: PDF | Kindle | EPUB | Torrent HELP TO KEEP US AFLOAT The Public [...]

The Pleasures of Melancholy (1747)

- June 4, 2013 in California Digital Library, collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, texts, Texts: 18th, Texts: Fiction, Texts: Poetry, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide

The Pleasures of Melancholy, a poem, Robert Wharton; 1747; Dodsley, London. A pamphlet consisting of a poem by the English poet Thomas Warton, who from 1785 to 1790 was the Poet Laureate of England. Published in 1747, the year he graduated from Oxford, “Pleasures of Melancholy” remains one of Wharton’s best known works, and a preeminent example of the “Graveyard Poets”, a group of pre-Romantic English poets of the 18th century characterised by their gloomy meditations on mortality, skulls and coffins, epitaphs and worms. Housed at: Internet Archive | From: California Digital Library Underlying Work: PD Worldwide | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights Download: PDF | Kindle | EPUB | Torrent HELP TO KEEP US AFLOAT The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project and we rely on support from our readers to stay afloat. If you like what we do then please do consider making a donation. We welcome all contributions, big or small - everything helps! Become a Patron Small angel : £3.00 GBP - monthly Medium sized hero : £5.00 GBP - monthly Large emperor : £10.00 GBP - monthly Vast deity : £20.00 GBP - monthly Make a one off Donation SIGN UP TO THE NEWSLETTER [...]

Conversations with Lord Byron (1824)

- May 23, 2013 in byron, California Digital Library, collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, Internet Archive, lord byron, memoirs, texts, Texts: 19th, Texts: Non-fiction, Texts: Poetry, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide

Journal of the conversations of Lord Byron noted during a residence with his lordship at Pisa, in the years 1821 and 1822 by Thomas Medwin; 1824; Henry Colburn, London. On 17th May 1824, a month after Lord Byron died, his memoirs were burnt in the upstairs drawing room of a house on Albemarle Street, London. The manuscript pages of the memoirs had been entrusted by Byron to his literary executor Thomas Moore two years earlier with a mind that one day they would be published. But with Byron dead, Byron’s publisher John Murray, thinking the pages’ supposedly scandalous contents far too damaging to both the reputation and legacy of Byron himself and presumably also to the publisher who would publish them, ripped them up and placed them in the fire. In his book Journal of the conversations of Lord Byron noted during a residence with his lordship at Pisa, in the years 1821 and 1822 by Thomas Medwin, published that same year, the author endeavours to “lessen, if not remedy, the evil” of the burning of Byron’s memoirs. Housed at: Internet Archive | From: California Digital Library Underlying Work: PD Worldwide | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights Download: PDF | [...]

Illustrations from a Victorian book on Magic (1897)

- April 17, 2013 in California Digital Library, collections, Digital Copy: No Additional Rights, illusion, Images, Images-19th, Images-Engraving-Line, Images-Illustrations, Images: Miscellaneous, Internet Archive, magic, magician, Underlying Work: PD Worldwide, victorian

Selected images from a massive late 19th century tome entitled simply Magic, subtitled Stage Illusions and Scientific Diversions, including Trick Photography, compiled and edited by Albert A. Hopkins. The book takes a thorough tour through the popular magic tricks and illusions of the day, including along the way many delightfully surreal diagrams and illustrations, the top pick of which we’ve included here – often especially great when seen out of context. Towards the end are some particularly great “decapitation” trick photographs. See the book, with explanatory text and many more illustrations over in our post in the Texts collection. Housed at: Internet Archive | From: California Digital Library Underlying Work: PD Worldwide | Digital Copy: No Additional Rights Download: Right click on image or see source for higher res versions HELP TO KEEP US AFLOAT The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project and we rely on support from our readers to stay afloat. If you like what we do then please do consider making a donation. We welcome all contributions, big or small - everything helps! Become a Patron Small angel : £3.00 GBP - monthly Medium sized hero : £5.00 GBP - monthly Large emperor : £10.00 GBP [...]