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The Bouncer at the Blazing Rag (1902)

Tuesday 18 February 2014 at 16:42

Introduced as “a concert hall scene by Len Spencer and Gilbert Gerard”…

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-bouncer-at-the-blazing-rag-1902/


The Little Book of Love

Friday 14 February 2014 at 16:59

A Valentine's gift to top all Valentine's gifts - the Petit Livre d’Amour (Little Book of Love) was an ornate bespoke book given by the 16th-century Lyon-born poet Pierre Salas to his then lover and future wife Marguerite Bullioud.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/02/14/the-little-book-of-love/


George Wither’s Emblem Book (1635)

Thursday 13 February 2014 at 17:29

The emblem book of English poet, pamphleteer, and satirist George Wither (1588 - 1667). Wither was employed by a London publisher called Henry Taunton to write English verses to illustrative the beautiful allegorical plates made by Gabriel Rollenhagen and Crispin van Passe more than 20 years earlier.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/02/13/george-withers-emblem-book-1635/


Arent van Bolten’s Grotesques

Tuesday 11 February 2014 at 17:39

Grotesques of Dutch artist Arent van Bolten, produced sometime in the early 17th century.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/02/11/arent-van-boltens-grotesques/


A Relation of an Extraordinary Sleepy Person (ca.1698)

Thursday 6 February 2014 at 14:54

A Royal Society paper describing a bizarre case of a man who would periodically fall into a "profound sleep" from which no-one could wake him for a months.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/02/06/a-relation-of-an-extraordinary-sleepy-person-ca-1698/


Olaus Magnus’s Sea Serpent

Wednesday 5 February 2014 at 16:25

The terrifying Great Norway Serpent, or Sea Orm, is the most famous of the many influ…

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/2014/02/05/olaus-magnuss-sea-serpent/


Ambassadors, milkmaids, and hot air balloons

Tuesday 4 February 2014 at 17:15

ZENTRALBIBLIOTHEK SOLOTHURN - Patrick Borer picks out some highlights from their collection of 18th-century prints and looks at what they tell us about life in a Swiss city state.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/ambassadors-milkmaids-and-hot-air-balloons/


The Flying Lighthouse of Barfleur

Sunday 2 February 2014 at 18:47

Animated GIF created by Alex Pickup from a photograph of the Barfleur Lighthouse in…

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-flying-lighthouse-of-barfleur/


Cartoon Map of Europe in 1914

Wednesday 29 January 2014 at 17:51

A German cartoon from 1914 showing the lay of the political land as seen from the Germ…

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/cartoon-map-of-europe-in-1914/


The Funny Alphabet (ca.1850)

Thursday 23 January 2014 at 15:26

A delightful little alphabet book in which the letters are made up from acrobatically contorted bodies, and the accompanying text from often as equally contorted rhymes.

Source: http://publicdomainreview.org/collections/the-funny-alphabet-ca-1850/