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Mungo Park’s Travels in the Interior of Africa (1858)

Tuesday 10 June 2014 at 18:37

First published in 1799, this remarkable book is the Scottish explorer Mungo Park's account of his journey through Senegal and Mali to the central portion of the Niger River, the first time a Westerner is known to have reached such central regions.


Tesseract (2013)

Friday 6 June 2014 at 19:02

An ostrich runs inside a turning tesseract above the hands of a woman. Animated GIF created by Bill Domonkos.


Supporter Roll of Honour

Thursday 5 June 2014 at 17:43

The Public Domain Review is kept afloat solely by virtue of donations from our reade…


Leaving the Opera in the Year 2000

Wednesday 4 June 2014 at 18:27

A 19th-century vision of leaving the opera in the year 2000 - a print created in 1882 by the French illustrator, caricaturist, novelist, and all around futurologist, Albert Robida.


Leaving the Opera in the Year 2000

Wednesday 4 June 2014 at 18:20

DESIGN: A print from around 1882 depicting a futuristic view of air travel over Pari…


The Wellcome Library’s Top 10 Open Images

Tuesday 3 June 2014 at 15:29

THE WELLCOME LIBRARY - Catherine Draycott, head of Wellcome Images, gives a run down of the Top 10 most downloaded images from the collection of more than 100,000 that the Wellcome Library made available free from restrictions earlier this year.


Voyage a la Lune T-Shirt

Monday 2 June 2014 at 18:36

IMAGE: French cartoon from around 1865 showing a man riding on a bicycle-like flyin…


The Adventures of Cinderella (ca.1810)

Thursday 29 May 2014 at 17:13

A short and wonderfully illustrated version of the Cinderella tale most probably dating from the early 19th century (no date can be made out in the book itself).


The Naturalist and the Neurologist: On Charles Darwin and James Crichton-Browne

Wednesday 28 May 2014 at 16:54

Stassa Edwards explores Charles Darwin's photography collection, which included almost forty portraits of mental patients given to him by the neurologist James Crichton-Browne. The study of these photographs, and the related correspondence between the two men, would prove instrumental in the development of The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872), Darwin's study on the evolution of emotions.


An Alphabet of Organic Type (ca.1650)

Tuesday 27 May 2014 at 17:59

A stunning series of letterforms designed in the mid-17th century, writhing forms which hover somewhere between the monstrous and floral