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16th-Century Pattern Book for Scribes

Wednesday 26 August 2015 at 18:14

A medieval pattern book for scribes composed of two parts and dating from around 1510 and hailing from Swabia, Germany - including lots of wonderful calligraphy.



Wednesday 26 August 2015 at 13:49

The Public Domain Review was founded in 2011 by Adam Green and Jonathan Gray, and is a project of Open Knowledge. It is based wherever the Editor-in-Chief may lay his hat/MacBook, though this is mainly London, UK. Editorial Team Although mostly the product of the Editor-in-Chief’s many hours of lonely toil, there’s a key group of volunteers instrumental to the project: Lauren (who casts a careful eye over most ofâ�¦


At the Moving Picture Ball (1920)

Tuesday 25 August 2015 at 17:57

A song naming some of the great silent era actors of the time, the lyrics describing a party where all the actors mingle and dance together, with familiar names such as Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks counted among the celebrities.


Queen Victoria’s Teenage Diaries (1912)

Thursday 20 August 2015 at 18:15

Excerpts from the teenage diaries of Queen Victoria , spanning from 1832, when Victoria was 13-years-old, to 1840, the same year that she married her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha at the age of 20.


When the Birds and the Bees Were Not Enough: Aristotle’s Masterpiece

Wednesday 19 August 2015 at 17:42

Mary Fissell on how a wildly popular sex manual - first published in 17th-century London and reprinted in hundreds of subsequent editions - both taught and titilated through the early modern period and beyond.


Circulation of Ch’i (1886)

Tuesday 18 August 2015 at 18:22

A nineteenth-century Taoist ink drawing by an unknown Chinese artist, showing the circulation of ch'i (or qì) through the human body.


Machiavelli, Comedian

Wednesday 5 August 2015 at 16:44

Most familiar today as the godfather of Realpolitik and as the eponym for all things cunning and devious, the Renaissance thinker Niccolò Machiavelli also had a lighter side, writing as he did a number of comedies. Christopher S. Celenza looks at perhaps the best known of these plays, Mandragola, and explores what it can teach us about the man and his world.


Cat Pianos, Sound-Houses, and Other Imaginary Musical Instruments

Wednesday 15 July 2015 at 18:17

Deirdre Loughridge and Thomas Patteson, curators of the Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments, explore the wonderful history of made-up musical contraptions, including a piano comprised of yelping cats and Francis Bacon's 17th-century vision of experimental sound manipulation.


The Mystery of Lewis Carroll

Wednesday 1 July 2015 at 17:40

The author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which sees its 150th anniversary this year, remains to this day an enigmatic figure. Jenny Woolf explores the joys and struggles of this brilliant, secretive, and complex man, creator of one of the world's best-loved stories.


Friends of The Public Domain Review

Wednesday 24 June 2015 at 11:11

The Friends of The Public Domain Review is a group of loyal supporters, each of whom give an annual donation to the project and so create a bedrock of support vital to its survival. Would you like to join them and help keep the project alive?If so, please click here to learn more. The Friends of The Public Domain Review Jonathan Green Tracey Genet David Bryan Rufus Pollock Sarah Louise�