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The Civil War Sketches of Adolph Metzner (1861–64)

Tuesday 24 October 2017 at 15:26

Remarkable collection of sketches, drawings and watercolours left to us by Adolph Metzner, during his three years of service with the 1st German, 32nd Regiment Indiana Infantry.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-civil-war-sketches-of-adolph-metzner-1861-64/


On the Disposition of Iron in Variegated Strata (1868)

Tuesday 24 October 2017 at 15:00

Images depicting ferruginous variation from a 19th-century geological paper, at times like some kind of geological precursor to the 50s experiments of Abstract Expressionism.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/on-the-disposition-of-iron-in-variegated-strata-1868/


Émile-Antoine Bayard’s Illustrations for Around the Moon by Jules Verne (1870)

Tuesday 24 October 2017 at 14:53

Arguably the very first images to depict space travel on a scientific basis, these wonderful illustrations are the work of the French illustrator Émile-Antoine Bayard.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/emile-antoine-bayards-illustrations-for-around-the-moon-by-jules-verne-1870/


Illustrations from the Lights of Canopus (1847)

Tuesday 24 October 2017 at 14:40

Exquisite illustrations from a 19th-century Persian version of an ancient Indian collection of animal fables called the Panchatantra.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/illustrations-from-the-lights-of-canopus-1847/


Race and the White Elephant War of 1884

Wednesday 11 October 2017 at 17:27

Feuding impresarios, a white-but-not-white-enough elephant, and racist ads for soap — Ross Bullen on how a bizarre episode in circus history became an unlikely forum for discussing 19th-century theories of race, and inadvertently laid bare the ideological constructions at their heart.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2017/10/11/race-and-the-white-elephant-war-of-1884/


Race and the White Elephant War of 1884

Wednesday 11 October 2017 at 13:32

Feuding impresarios, a white-but-not-white-enough elephant, and racist ads for soap — Ross Bullen on how a bizarre episode in circus history became an unlikely forum for discussing 19th-century theories of race, and inadvertently laid bare the ideological constructions at their heart. The Lydian Monarch had been sighted from Fire Island and was expected in Jersey […]

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2017/10/11/race-and-the-white-elephant-war-of-1884/


Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African (1784)

Thursday 5 October 2017 at 19:09

The published correspondence of Ignatius Sancho, the first known Black Briton to vote in a British election, and the first person of African descent known to be given an obituary in the British press.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/letters-of-the-late-ignatius-sancho-an-african-1784/


The Primordial Gound

Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 21:28

CONJECTURES #6 — Kant in Sumatra? The Third Critique and the cosmologies of Melanesia? Justin E. H. Smith on the strange worlds revealed in a typesetter's error.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-primordial-gound/


The Civil War Sketches of Adolph Metzner (1861–64)

Tuesday 3 October 2017 at 19:54

Remarkable collection of sketches, drawings and watercolours left to us by Adolph Metzner, during his three years of service with the 1st German, 32nd Regiment Indiana Infantry.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-civil-war-sketches-of-adolph-metzner-1861-64/


Master of Disaster, Ignatius Donnelly

Wednesday 27 September 2017 at 14:53

The destruction of Atlantis, cataclysmic comets, and a Manhattan tower made entirely from concrete and corpse — Carl Abbott on the life and work of a Minnesotan writer, and failed politician, with a mind primed for catastrophe.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2017/09/27/ignatius-donnelly-recipes-for-disaster/