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Early Illustrations of the Nervous System by Camillo Golgi and Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Thursday 28 January 2021 at 09:44

Beautiful diagrams exploring the nervous system from two pioneers in the field.


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

Tuesday 19 January 2021 at 15:23

Compilation of a huge range of shanties from around the world, including music, words, and ethnographic description of their provenance and performance.


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

Wednesday 13 January 2021 at 13:03

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)

Tuesday 12 January 2021 at 08:01

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


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

Thursday 7 January 2021 at 09:35

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)

Wednesday 6 January 2021 at 14:39

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

Friday 1 January 2021 at 15:51

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

Monday 28 December 2020 at 13:02

Rundown of our Top 10 most read pieces of the year.


The Revolutionary Colossus

Thursday 10 December 2020 at 11:46

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)

Wednesday 9 December 2020 at 06:43

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