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The Golfer’s Rubáiyát and other 20th-Century Parodies

Wednesday 24 July 2019 at 07:14

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám has inspired parodies by cat lovers and car lovers. But it seems to have found a special place in the hearts of golfers.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-golfers-rubaiyat-and-other-20th-century-parodies


The Unicorn Tapestries (1495–1505)

Tuesday 23 July 2019 at 07:16

The enigmatic story of the Unicorn Tapestries, whose multifarious medieval symbolism still beguiles.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-unicorn-tapestries-1495-1505


Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Gold-Bug” (1843)

Thursday 18 July 2019 at 07:16

Poe’s story of a treasure hunt, revealing the fantastical writer’s hyper-rational penchant for cracking codes.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/edgar-allan-poes-the-gold-bug-1843


Edward Lear’s Nonsense Botany (1871–77)

Tuesday 16 July 2019 at 07:17

The Victorian artist and writer turns his peculiar brand of verbal and visual invention to the world of plant taxonomy.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/edward-lears-nonsense-botany-1871-77


The Myth of Blubber Town, an Arctic Metropolis

Wednesday 10 July 2019 at 02:00

Though the 17th-century whaling station of Smeerenburg was in reality, at its height, just a few dwellings and structures for processing blubber, over the decades and centuries a more extravagant picture took hold — that there once had stood, defying its far-flung Arctic location, a bustling urban centre complete with bakeries, churches, gambling dens, and brothels. Matthew H. Birkhold explores the legend.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/the-myth-of-blubber-town-an-arctic-metropolis


Optics Illustrations from the Physics Textbooks of Amédée Guillemin (1868/1882)

Tuesday 9 July 2019 at 07:18

Illustrations from the 19th-century physics text books of Amédée Guillemin.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/optics-illustrations-from-the-physics-textbooks-of-amedee-guillemin-1868-1882


Fabre’s Book of Insects (1921)

Thursday 4 July 2019 at 07:19

Condensed and beautifully illustrated English version of the ten volume series on insects by Jean-Henri Fabre in which he brought out the beauty and drama in the lives of creatures that had hitherto been regarded with horror, if regarded at all.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/fabres-book-of-insects-1921


The False Young Man (1937)

Tuesday 2 July 2019 at 07:20

Recording by the legendary musicologist Alan Lomax of Abner Boggs singing a heartrending rendition of this popular murder ballad.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-false-young-man-1937


H. G. Wells and the Uncertainties of Progress

Thursday 27 June 2019 at 02:00

In addition to the numerous pioneering works of science fiction by which he made his name, H. G. Wells also published a steady stream of non-fiction meditations, mainly focused on themes salient to his stories: the effects of technology, human folly, and the idea of progress. As Peter J. Bowler explores, for Wells the notion of a better future was riddled with complexities.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/h-g-wells-and-the-uncertainties-of-progress


The Language of Flowers: An Alphabet of Floral Emblems (1857)

Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 07:21

Ever wondered what sentiments the various flowers express? The Victorians have you covered.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-language-of-flowers-an-alphabet-of-floral-emblems-1857