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Picturing Don Quixote

Wednesday 6 April 2016 at 17:54

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, author of one of the best-loved and most frequently illustrated books in the history of literature — Don Quixote. Rachel Schmidt explores how the varying approaches to illustrating the tale have reflected and impacted its reading through the centuries.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2016/04/06/picturing-don-quixote/


Sourire d’Avril (1906)

Tuesday 5 April 2016 at 18:12

Translating as Smile of April, this is a waltz composed by the French composer Maurice Depret performed by The Columbia Symphony Orchestra.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/sourire-davril-1906/


The Sea Monk (ca. 1845)

Wednesday 30 March 2016 at 16:28

A woodblock print, by the late Edo period artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, illustrating the story of an encounter with the Sea Monk or Umibozu, a spirit in Japanese folklore.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-sea-monk-ca-1845/


Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday (1902)

Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 15:59

A wonderfully eclectic treatise on all things sundials and roses — jam-packed with photographs, illustrations, and diagrams.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/sun-dials-and-roses-of-yesterday-1902/


The Postures of the Mouth (1846)

Thursday 24 March 2016 at 15:28

Diagrams showing the postures of the mouth when demonstrating proper elocution, from a 19th-century book dedicated to elocution.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-postures-of-the-mouth-1846/


Divine Comedy: Lucian Versus The Gods

Wednesday 23 March 2016 at 16:38

With the twenty-six short comic dialogues that made up Dialogues of the Gods, the 2nd-century writer Lucian of Samosata took the popular images of the Greek gods and re-drew them as greedy, sex-obsessed, power-mad despots. Nicholas Jeeves explores the story behind the work and its reception in the English speaking world.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2016/03/23/divine-comedy-lucian-versus-the-gods/


Chrysal; or, The Adventures of a Guinea (1760)

Thursday 17 March 2016 at 16:44

One of the first of the immensely popular 18th-century "it-narratives", the tale of coin and the human intrigue to which it finds itself bearing witness.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/chrysal-or-the-adventures-of-a-guinea-1760/


Six and a Half Magic Hours (1958)

Wednesday 16 March 2016 at 17:55

A Pan Am promotional film marketing transatlantic air travel at the dawn of the jet age, including their pioneering Flight 1000, with gourmet meals and spacious powder rooms.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/six-and-a-half-magic-hours-1958/


Colour Analysis Charts by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel (1902)

Tuesday 15 March 2016 at 20:47

Colour analysis charts of various objects, such as Assyrian tiles, Persian rugs, a case containing an Egyptian mummy, and even a teacup and saucer — looking at times like some kind of strange fusion of De Stijl abstraction and Tetris.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/color-analysis-charts-by-emily-noyes-vanderpoel-1902/


The Merry Cobler and His Musical Alphabet (ca. 1800)

Thursday 10 March 2016 at 17:11

A charming alphabet book, dating from around 1800, published by the Glasgow-based publishers J. Lumsden and Son.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-merry-cobler-and-his-musical-alphabet-ca-1800/