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Thomas Wright's An Original Theory or New Hypothesis of the Universe (1750)

Thursday 19 November 2020 at 10:18

Wright’s theory, illustrated by 32 plates, mixes influential discoveries about the milky way with fantastical visions of divine creation.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/an-original-theory-or-new-hypothesis-of-the-universe


Temperance Stories and Sketches (1879)

Thursday 19 November 2020 at 10:17

Temperance movement book full of tales, poems, and illustrations warning readers against the perils of alcohol, tobacco, and gambling.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/temperance-stories-and-sketches


Last Order Dates for Christmas 2020

Thursday 12 November 2020 at 15:57

A little bit earlier this year (due to you know what), below are the recommended cut-off dates to order from our shop by to ensure delivery in time for Dec 25th. Please do get your orders in early! And remember all proceeds go directly back into supporting the project.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/11/last-order-dates-for-christmas-2020


Greek Masquerade (1771)

Thursday 12 November 2020 at 12:53

The goût grec style in extremis, as architecture surrounds the body in this series of fantastical and playful prints.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/greek-masquerade


A New Batch of Prints and Introducing Themed Sets

Wednesday 11 November 2020 at 18:33

Introducing updates to the prints shop, including new ways to explore the collection.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2020/11/new-batch-of-prints-and-introducing-themed-sets


The Orkney Finnmen Legends: From Early Modern Science to Modern Myth

Wednesday 11 November 2020 at 12:55

At the end of the 17th century there appeared the first noting of a mysterious kayak-paddling “Finnman” seen in Orkney waters. Jonathan Westaway explores the subsequent explanations and how early modern science's fascination with unfamiliar objects, and the “out-of-place” in general, helped conjure the idea of an Inuit presence in the region and, in turn, a new chapter of Scottish folklore.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/the-orkney-finnmen-legends


The Reverse of a Framed Painting, and Other Trompe L'oeil by Cornelis Norbertus Gijsbrechts (ca. 1670)

Thursday 5 November 2020 at 07:57

On one of the most striking and intriguing creations by a Flemish master of trompe l’oeil paintings.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/reverse-of-a-framed-painting


The Sorceress by Jan van de Velde II (1626)

Thursday 29 October 2020 at 12:35

Remarkable engraving of a sorceress mid-conjure, with a motley crew of demonic figures.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-sorceress-jan-van-de-velde


George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Thursday 29 October 2020 at 12:35

Introducing the historical zombie, situating it in current academic discourses, and considering the cultural moment of the film’s release.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/night-of-the-living-dead


Why Women Should Not Vote (1917)

Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 13:35

A humorous 1917 blank notebook invites consideration of the fight for women’s suffrage in the USA.

Source: https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/why-women-should-not-vote