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Defining the Demonic

Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 15:45

Although Jacques Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire infernal, a monumental compendium of all things diabolical, was first published in 1818 to much success, it is the fabulously illustrated final edition of 1863 which secured the book as a landmark in the study and representation of demons. Ed Simon explores the work and how at its heart […]

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Defining the Demonic

Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 15:25

Although Jacques Collin de Plancy’s Dictionnaire infernal, a monumental compendium of all things diabolical, was first published in 1818 to much success, it is the fabulously illustrated final edition of 1863 which secured the book as a landmark in the study and representation of demons. Ed Simon explores the work and how at its heart lies an unlikely but pertinent synthesis of the Enlightenment and the occult.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2017/10/25/defining-the-demonic/


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/