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Select Specimens of the Theatre of the Hindus (1827)

Wednesday 10 June 2020 at 18:30

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

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/theatre-of-the-hindus


The Launch of our Mid-Year Fundraiser!

Wednesday 10 June 2020 at 12:40

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

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/06/launch-of-mid-year-fundraiser


Black Lives Matter

Monday 8 June 2020 at 15:00

Some thoughts in light of the Black Lives Matter protests about how the PDR can do better.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/06/black-lives-matter


The Comet Book (1587)

Thursday 28 May 2020 at 09:20

Stunning set of images from a 16th-century treatise on comets.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-comet-book


Volume 2 of the PDR Colouring Book! Free to Download and Print Off at Home

Wednesday 27 May 2020 at 16:50

The second of our free colouring books, including works by Walter Crane, Jessie M. King, and Arthur Rackham.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/05/free-colouring-book-2


Last Pole

Wednesday 27 May 2020 at 08:58

Julian Chehirian goes looking for the history of telecommunication, and is left sitting in the slim shadow of a lightning rod, listening to a voice from beyond the grave.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/last-pole


Old English Customs Extant at the Present Time (1896)

Tuesday 19 May 2020 at 17:36

A surprising and vividly written late Victorian compendium of local British lore and traditions.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/old-english-customs


The Skeptical Pilgrim: Melville’s *Clarel*

Wednesday 13 May 2020 at 08:40

Weighing in at a colossal 18,000 lines, Herman Melville's Clarel (1876), which centres on the theological musings of a group of pilgrims touring the Holy Land, is not for the faint-hearted. Jeff Wheelwright explores the knot of spiritual dilemmas played out in the poem and its roots in Melville's trip to the Middle East two decades earlier.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/the-skeptical-pilgrim-melvilles-clarel


Announcing the theme for our next postcard pack.... TOUCH

Tuesday 12 May 2020 at 11:39

Our postcard sets sent to Friends of the PDR in summer will be themed on "touch"

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/05/next-postcard-theme-touch


Erbario: a 15th-century Herbal from Northern Italy

Tuesday 12 May 2020 at 07:39

Stylised herbal including plants with faces and dragon-like roots, in addition to more naturalistic depictions.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/erbario-15th-century-herbal