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Little Switzerlands: Alpine Kitsch in England

Wednesday 8 December 2021 at 13:05

Far from the treacherous peaks and ravines of Switzerland, Alpine cottages arose, unexpectedly, amid the hillocks and modest streams of 19th-century England. Seán Williams recovers the peculiar fad for “Little Switzerlands”, where the Romantic sublime meets countryside kitsch.


Snowball Fights in Art (1400–1946)

Wednesday 8 December 2021 at 12:46

What’s wondrous about browsing the images of snowball fights gathered here is how little changes across centuries and continents.


All Sound Recordings Prior to 1923 Will Enter the US Public Domain in 2022

Tuesday 7 December 2021 at 14:37

Thanks to the Music Modernization Act passed by US Congress in 2018, all sound recordings prior to 1923 will have their copyrights expire in the US on January 1st.


Our New Countdown Calendar for Works Entering the Public Domain

Thursday 2 December 2021 at 18:38

A new section on the site dedicated to celebrating works entering the public domain.


*Odd Showers* (1870)

Thursday 2 December 2021 at 11:38

An odd little book about frogs and fishes raining down from the sky and the reasons why they do so.


The Launch of Our End-of-Year Fundraiser!

Wednesday 1 December 2021 at 12:40

Our End-of-Year Fundraiser is launched, and the new postcards theme will be Ink.


*Clavis Artis* by “Zoroaster”

Tuesday 30 November 2021 at 14:47

Alchemical images from a 17th- or 18th-century manuscript that claims to be much older: a direct translation from Zoroaster himself.


William Wells Brown, Wildcat Banker

Wednesday 24 November 2021 at 09:46

A cottage industry, yes, but a barbershop bank? Ross Bullen plots how a story told by William Wells Brown — novelist, historian, playwright, physician, and escaped slave — circulated, first through his own works, and then abroad, as a parable of American banking gone bad.


Joseph Perry’s Medical Illustrations of Miscarriage (1834)

Tuesday 23 November 2021 at 07:44

Compiled over the course of roughly six years, Granville’s medical text, features 12 coloured plates by Joseph Perry.


Last Order Dates for Christmas 2021

Thursday 18 November 2021 at 12:45

The recommended cut-off dates to order from our shop by to ensure delivery in time for Dec 25th.