The Public Domain Review

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Coney Island at Night (1905)

Tuesday 21 November 2023 at 16:08

Edison Studios film showing the lights of Luna Park and Dreamland during the peak of the famed New York amusement district.


Cliché-Verre and Friendship in 19th-Century France

Tuesday 21 November 2023 at 15:19

In the 1850s, as photography took its first steps toward commercial reproducibility, a more intimate use for light-sensitive plates briefly bloomed. It had a few names: heliographic drawing, photographic autography, or, as it is best known today, cliché-verre. Miya Tokumitsu takes us to the towns and forests of France where a group of friends began making marks on photographic plates, and finds their camaraderie cohere in lyrical arrangements of topography and light.


Modernity in the Rainforest: Man and his Desire (1917)

Thursday 16 November 2023 at 13:31

Handmade book showing Paul Claudel's scenario, with illustrations by Audrey Parr and Hélène Hoppenot, for Darius Milhaud's ballet L'homme et son desir.


Last Order Dates for the Holiday Season - 2023

Thursday 16 November 2023 at 01:27

The recommended cut-off dates to order from our shop by to ensure delivery in time for Dec 25th.


Chromolithographs of Paper Lanterns (ca. 1880)

Thursday 9 November 2023 at 15:05

19th-century German chromolithographs of paper lanterns, the kind used to celebrate St. Martin's Day.


The Reluctant Levitator: Teresa of Avila’s Humble Raptures

Wednesday 8 November 2023 at 13:39

Levitation was the last thing Teresa of Avila wanted. It drew the wrong kind of attention and embarrassed her in public. She tried to remain grounded, clinging to furniture when the weightlessness set in, and then suddenly, it stopped for good. Carlos Eire reads Teresa's autobiographic Vida and finds the 16th-century saint complaining to God about the aethrobatic miracles that he forced her to endure.


Humanity 101: The Syllabus of Frankenstein's Monster

Wednesday 8 November 2023 at 13:38

An examination of the three books that Frankenstein's monster reads to educate himself about human life.


54 New Prints — And Now Free Shipping!

Tuesday 7 November 2023 at 22:36

A big batch of new prints is added to our online shop — and also free shipping, and discounts on multiple orders.


Divide and Concur: A Radical Plan for Peace in Europe (1920)

Thursday 2 November 2023 at 14:10

A map and pamphlet that proposes dividing Central Europe into 24 sector-shaped cantons, among other eccentric reforms aimed at peace.


Ikkyū in Hell: Skeletons (1692)

Tuesday 31 October 2023 at 12:39

Skeletal illustrations supposedly replicating a lost manuscript by a wine and women–loving Zen monk.