The Public Domain Review http://publicdomainreview.org/ This is just an automatic copy of Public Domain Review blog. The Sorceress by Jan van de Velde II (1626) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/the-sorceress-jan-van-de-velde http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Sorceress-by-Jan-van-de-Velde-II-(1626) Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:35:00 +0100 Remarkable engraving of a sorceress mid-conjure, with a motley crew of demonic figures.

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Remarkable engraving of a sorceress mid-conjure, with a motley crew of demonic figures.

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George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/night-of-the-living-dead http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/George-A-Romero-s-Night-of-the-Living-Dead-(1968) Thu, 29 Oct 2020 12:35:00 +0100 Introducing the historical zombie, situating it in current academic discourses, and considering the cultural moment of the film’s release.

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Introducing the historical zombie, situating it in current academic discourses, and considering the cultural moment of the film’s release.

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Why Women Should Not Vote (1917) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/why-women-should-not-vote http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Why-Women-Should-Not-Vote-(1917) Tue, 27 Oct 2020 13:35:00 +0100 A humorous 1917 blank notebook invites consideration of the fight for women’s suffrage in the USA.

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A humorous 1917 blank notebook invites consideration of the fight for women’s suffrage in the USA.

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The Uncertain Heavens: Christiaan Huygens’ Ideas of Extraterrestrial Life https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/the-uncertain-heavens http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Uncertain-Heavens-Christiaan-Huygens-Ideas-of-Extraterrestrial Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:03:00 +0200 During the 17th century, as knowledge of the Universe and its contents increased, so did speculation about life on other planets. One such source, as Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores, was Dutch astronomer, mathematician, and inventor Christiaan Huygens, whose earlier work on probability paved the way for his very modern evaluation of what alien life might look like.

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During the 17th century, as knowledge of the Universe and its contents increased, so did speculation about life on other planets. One such source, as Hugh Aldersey-Williams explores, was Dutch astronomer, mathematician, and inventor Christiaan Huygens, whose earlier work on probability paved the way for his very modern evaluation of what alien life might look like.

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Sadakichi Hartmann’s Conversations with Walt Whitman (1895) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/sadakichi-hartmann-conversations-with-walt-whitman http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Sadakichi-Hartmann-s-Conversations-with-Walt-Whitman-(1895) Wed, 21 Oct 2020 08:46:00 +0200 Short pamphlet of conversations with Whitman in his last years by the art critic and poet Sadakichi Hartmann.

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Short pamphlet of conversations with Whitman in his last years by the art critic and poet Sadakichi Hartmann.

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The Tours of Dr Syntax (1809–1821) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/dr-syntax http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/The-Tours-of-Dr-Syntax-(1809-1821) Tue, 20 Oct 2020 08:16:00 +0200 Three books combining pictures and verse about an Anglican cleric in search of the perfectly picturesque.

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Three books combining pictures and verse about an Anglican cleric in search of the perfectly picturesque.

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Filippo Buonanni's Harmonic Cabinet (1722) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/filippo-buonanni-harmonic-cabinet http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Filippo-Buonanni-s-Harmonic-Cabinet-(1722) Tue, 13 Oct 2020 10:32:00 +0200 Engravings from an ambitious and beautiful attempt to catalogue, for the first time, the musical instruments of the world.

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Engravings from an ambitious and beautiful attempt to catalogue, for the first time, the musical instruments of the world.

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Fungi, Folklore, and Fairyland https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/fungi-folklore-and-fairyland http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Fungi-Folklore-and-Fairyland Wed, 07 Oct 2020 13:12:00 +0200 From fairy-rings to Lewis Carroll's Alice, mushrooms have long been entwined with the supernatural in art and literature. What might this say about past knowledge of hallucinogenic fungi? Mike Jay looks at early reports of mushroom-induced trips and how one species in particular became established as a stock motif of Victorian fairyland.

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From fairy-rings to Lewis Carroll's Alice, mushrooms have long been entwined with the supernatural in art and literature. What might this say about past knowledge of hallucinogenic fungi? Mike Jay looks at early reports of mushroom-induced trips and how one species in particular became established as a stock motif of Victorian fairyland.

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Herbert Geddes’ “Life in Japan” Collection: Hand-Coloured Glass Transparencies of the Meiji-Era https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/herbert-geddes-life-in-japan http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Herbert-Geddes-Life-in-Japan-Collection-Hand-Coloured-Glass Tue, 06 Oct 2020 14:39:00 +0200 Stunning hand-colored transparencies of life in Meiji-era Japan, from the Canadian businessman Herbert Geddes’ collection, acquired in Yokohama from 1908–1918.

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Stunning hand-colored transparencies of life in Meiji-era Japan, from the Canadian businessman Herbert Geddes’ collection, acquired in Yokohama from 1908–1918.

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Charles Babbage’s Observations on Street Nuisances (1864) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/observations-on-street-nuisances-charles-babbage http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Charles-Babbage-s-Observations-on-Street-Nuisances-(1864) Thu, 01 Oct 2020 11:39:00 +0200 A chapter from Charles Babbage’s The Life of a Philosopher railing against noise pollution in 19th-century London.

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A chapter from Charles Babbage’s The Life of a Philosopher railing against noise pollution in 19th-century London.

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Kaspar Hauser’s Art (1828–1833) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/kaspar-hauser-art http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Kaspar-Hauser-s-Art-(1828-1833) Wed, 30 Sep 2020 07:31:00 +0200 Artwork by the famous foundling Kaspar Hauser, ranging from pen-and-ink self-portraits to watercolour studies of fruit and flowers.

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Artwork by the famous foundling Kaspar Hauser, ranging from pen-and-ink self-portraits to watercolour studies of fruit and flowers.

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William Elliot Griffis’ Korean Fairy Tales (1922) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/korean-fairy-tales http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/William-Elliot-Griffis-Korean-Fairy-Tales-(1922) Tue, 22 Sep 2020 07:21:00 +0200 Vivid retellings of Korean folktales by an American scholar and Protestant minister, including several stories about the sprite Tokgabi.

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Vivid retellings of Korean folktales by an American scholar and Protestant minister, including several stories about the sprite Tokgabi.

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“More Lively Counterfaits”: Experimental Imaging at the Birth of Modern Science https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/more-lively-counterfaits http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/More-Lively-Counterfaits-Experimental-Imaging-at-the-Birth-of-M Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:51:00 +0200 From infographics to digital renders, today's scientists have ready access to a wide array of techniques to help visually communicate their research. It wasn't always so. Gregorio Astengo explores the innovations employed in early issues of the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions, the world's first scientific journal — new forms of image making which pushed the boundaries of 17th-century book printing.

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From infographics to digital renders, today's scientists have ready access to a wide array of techniques to help visually communicate their research. It wasn't always so. Gregorio Astengo explores the innovations employed in early issues of the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions, the world's first scientific journal — new forms of image making which pushed the boundaries of 17th-century book printing.

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Joseph-Balthazar Sylvestre’s Alphabet Album (1843) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/sylvestre-alphabet-album http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Joseph-Balthazar-Sylvestre-s-Alphabet-Album-(1843) Wed, 16 Sep 2020 08:44:00 +0200 Alphabets from across the ages, drawn and collected by the French paleographer Joseph-Balthazar Sylvestre.

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Alphabets from across the ages, drawn and collected by the French paleographer Joseph-Balthazar Sylvestre.

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Der Naturen Bloeme: The Flower of Nature (ca. 1350) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/jacob-van-maerlant-der-naturen-bloeme http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Der-Naturen-Bloeme-The-Flower-of-Nature-(ca-1350) Thu, 10 Sep 2020 09:07:00 +0200 Early Dutch illuminated manuscript containing imaginative images of both real and fantastic creatures.

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Early Dutch illuminated manuscript containing imaginative images of both real and fantastic creatures.

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Food Pasts, Food Futures: The Culinary History of COVID-19 https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/food-pasts-food-futures http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Food-Pasts-Food-Futures-The-Culinary-History-of-COVID-19 Wed, 09 Sep 2020 09:30:00 +0200 A criti-fictional course-syllabus from the year 2070 — a bibliographical meteor from the other side of a “Remote Revolution”.

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A criti-fictional course-syllabus from the year 2070 — a bibliographical meteor from the other side of a “Remote Revolution”.

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Nonsenseorship (1922) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/nonsenseorship http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Nonsenseorship-(1922) Tue, 08 Sep 2020 09:05:00 +0200 A lighthearted but serious-minded anthology of American writings against censorship written during the Prohibition era in America, including pieces by Dorothy Park, Ben Hecht, and Ruth Hale.

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A lighthearted but serious-minded anthology of American writings against censorship written during the Prohibition era in America, including pieces by Dorothy Park, Ben Hecht, and Ruth Hale.

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“I Am My Own Heroine”: How Marie Bashkirtseff Rewrote the Route to Fame https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/marie-bashkirtseff http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/I-Am-My-Own-Heroine-How-Marie-Bashkirtseff-Rewrote-the-Route-to Wed, 02 Sep 2020 14:01:00 +0200 The diary of Marie Bashkirtseff, published after her death from tuberculosis aged just 25, won the aspiring painter the fame she so longed for but failed to achieve while alive. Sonia Wilson explores the importance of the journal — one of the earliest bids by a woman to secure celebrity through curation of “personal brand” — and the shape it gave to female ambition in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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The diary of Marie Bashkirtseff, published after her death from tuberculosis aged just 25, won the aspiring painter the fame she so longed for but failed to achieve while alive. Sonia Wilson explores the importance of the journal — one of the earliest bids by a woman to secure celebrity through curation of “personal brand” — and the shape it gave to female ambition in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Of Chickens, Eggs, and Cannonballs: Roger Fenton’s Valley of the Shadow of Death (1855) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/roger-fenton-valley-of-the-shadow-of-death http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Roger-Fenton-s-Valley-of-the-Shadow-of-Death-(1855) Tue, 01 Sep 2020 06:01:00 +0200 Controversial early photograph of a battle site during the Crimean War, taken by the British artist Roger Fenton.

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Controversial early photograph of a battle site during the Crimean War, taken by the British artist Roger Fenton.

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Joseph Ducreux’s Self-Portraits (ca. 1790) https://publicdomainreview.org/collection/joseph-ducreux-self-portraits http://autoblog.kd2.org/publicdomainreview/Joseph-Ducreux-s-Self-Portraits-(ca-1790) Thu, 27 Aug 2020 08:30:00 +0200 Strikingly modern self-portraits by a French painter whose fixation on his own physiognomy has made his paintings readymade material for internet memes.

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Strikingly modern self-portraits by a French painter whose fixation on his own physiognomy has made his paintings readymade material for internet memes.

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