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Early Photographs of Juneteenth Celebrations

Thursday 18 June 2020 at 11:11

Historical photographs of early Juneteenth celebrations throughout its home state of Texas and across the country.


Kawanable Kyōsai’s Night Parade of One Hundred Demons (1890)

Tuesday 16 June 2020 at 09:07

A bone-chilling book of woodblock prints, depicting a parade of demons, by Kawanabe Kyōsai, the bad boy of 19th-century Japanese art.


Petrarch's Plague: Love, Death, and Friendship in a Time of Pandemic

Thursday 11 June 2020 at 12:46

The Italian poet and scholar Francesco Petrarch lived through the most deadly pandemic in recorded history, the Black Death of the 14th century, which saw up to 200 million die from plague across Eurasia and North Africa. Through the unique record of letters and other writings Petrarch left us, Paula Findlen explores how he chronicled, commemorated, and mourned his many loved ones who succumbed, and what he might be able to teach us today.


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.


The Launch of our Mid-Year Fundraiser!

Wednesday 10 June 2020 at 12:40

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


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.


The Comet Book (1587)

Thursday 28 May 2020 at 09:20

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


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.


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.


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.