The Public Domain Review

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Class of 2017

Tuesday 6 December 2016 at 18:44

Our top pick of those whose works will, on 1st January 2017, enter the public domain in many countries around the world, including Gertrude Stein, Buster Keaton, H. G. Wells, and André Breton.


The Frog (1908)

Thursday 1 December 2016 at 18:27

A sprightly frog circles various come-to-life fountain tableaux, as well as a giant version of itself, an enormous head being drenched by water, and some multicoloured fire thrown in for good measure.


Airopaidia (1786) — the Narrative of a Balloon Excursion

Tuesday 29 November 2016 at 18:59

Coming in at almost 400 pages, a wonderfully detailed account of a balloon trip over Chester in 1785, including the first ever real overhead aerial views.


Chirologia, or The Natural Language of the Hand (1644)

Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 19:08

Images from John Bulwer's 17th-century study on the language of the hands and gesture.


Astral Travels with Jack London

Tuesday 22 November 2016 at 17:20

On the centenary of Jack London’s death, Benjamin Breen looks at the writer’s last book to be published in his lifetime, The Star Rover — a strange tale about solitary confinement and interstellar reincarnation, which speaks to us of the dreams and struggles of the man himself.


Within Our Gates (1920)

Thursday 17 November 2016 at 18:12

The oldest known surviving film made by an African-American director, portraying the contemporary racial situation in the United States during the early twentieth century.


Walter Crane’s Painting Book (1889)

Wednesday 16 November 2016 at 18:28

Long before the current craze for adult colouring books came this 19th-century painting book from one of the finest contributors to the Golden Age of illustration.


Rainbows in Art

Tuesday 15 November 2016 at 19:50

Depictions spanning more than 800 years – in chronological order – of that most enigmatic of weather phenomena, the rainbow.


“Let us Calculate!”: Leibniz, Llull, and the Computational Imagination

Thursday 10 November 2016 at 19:28

Three hundred years after the death of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and seven hundred years after the birth of Ramon Llull, Jonathan Gray looks at how their early visions of computation and the “combinatorial art” speak to our own age of data, algorithms, and artificial intelligence.


The Human Alphabet

Thursday 3 November 2016 at 19:40

Collection of alphabets comprised of the human body.