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Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Tanglewood Tales, illustrated by Virginia Frances Sterrett (1921)

Tuesday 20 March 2018 at 17:46

Beautiful 1920s edition of Nathaniel Hawthorne's version of Greek myths for children, with illustrations by Virginia Frances Sterrett.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/nathaniel-hawthornes-tanglewood-tales-illustrated-by-virginia-frances-sterrett-1921/


The Drolatic Dreams of Pantagruel (1565)

Thursday 15 March 2018 at 17:17

Highlights from a book of 120 woodcuts depicting a series of fantastically bizarre and grotesque figures, reminiscent of some of the more inventive and twisted creations of Brueghel or Bosch.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-drolatic-dreams-of-pantagruel-1565/


Napoleon’s “Englich” Lessons

Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 16:25

While imprisoned on St Helena, Napoleon started learning English. One resident of the island called his English “the oddest in the world.”

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/napoleons-englich-lessons/


“Alas, Poor YORICK!”: The Death and Life of Laurence Sterne

Wednesday 7 March 2018 at 17:30

On the 250th anniversary of Laurence Sterne's death, Ian Campbell Ross looks at the engagement with mortality so important to the novelist's groundbreaking work.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2018/03/07/alas-poor-yorick-the-death-and-life-of-laurence-sterne/


Drawings of Tetradons and Diodons (ca. 1838–42)

Tuesday 6 March 2018 at 18:44

Wonderful drawings of balloonfishes and pufferfishes made during, or shortly after, the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/drawings-of-tetradons-and-diodons-ca-1838-42/


Adeline Harris Sears’ Autographs Quilt (1856–ca.1863)

Thursday 1 March 2018 at 17:49

Wonderful trompe l'oeil tumbling block design quilt incorporating signatures from such luminaries as Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Rembrandt Peale, and Abraham Lincoln (one of eight American presidents represented).

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/adeline-harris-sears-autographs-quilt-1856-ca-1863/


First English Edition of Michel de Montaigne’s Essays (1603)

Wednesday 28 February 2018 at 15:19

John Florio's translation of Michel de Montaigne's genre-forming Essays, including thoughts on grief, friendship, drunkenness, impotence, smells, death, and thumbs.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/first-english-edition-of-michel-de-montaignes-essays-1603/


Darwin’s Polar Bear

Wednesday 21 February 2018 at 18:17

Musings upon the whys and wherefores of polar bears, particularly in relation to their forest-dwelling cousins, played an important but often overlooked role in the development of evolutionary theory. Michael Engelhard explores.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2018/02/21/darwins-polar-bear/


Autographs for Freedom (1853)

Tuesday 20 February 2018 at 17:24

Anthology of anti-slavery literature featuring abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass’s only published work of fiction.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/autographs-for-freedom-1853/


Steam-Powered Tooth Extraction on an Envelope (1894)

Saturday 17 February 2018 at 13:46

This wonderful sketch of “teeth painlessly extracted by steam power” appears on an envelope addressed to a certain Dr J. Chapman of Totton, Southampton. As to whether he is the creator of the drawing also (or indeed someone in his household), the jury is out — though the idea that the envelope made its way […]

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/steam-powered-tooth-extraction-on-an-envelope-1894/