Literature

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The Holkham Bible Picture Book (ca. 1330)

The Holkham Bible Picture Book (ca. 1330)

This "Bible" selectively illustrates the Old and New Testaments, taking us from...

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Resurrection on Repeat: *Rules and Orders of the Humane Society* (1787)

Resurrection on Repeat: *Rules and Orders of the Humane...

The pamphlet documents thirteen years of success since the 1774 establishment of...

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Reciting Pictures: Buddhist Texts for the Illiterate

Reciting Pictures: Buddhist Texts for the Illiterate

Some Japanese texts use a rebus-style script for teaching the illiterate to recite...

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Beastly Clues: T. S. Eliot, Torquemada, and the Modernist Crossword

Beastly Clues: T. S. Eliot, Torquemada, and the Modernist...

Just a few years after *The Waste Land* appeared — a poem whose difficulty critics...

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Between Frogs and Gods: Illustrations of Physiognomy

Between Frogs and Gods: Illustrations of Physiognomy

Images of a frog metamorphing into Apollo illustrating Johann Kaspar Lavater's theories...

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Gustave Zander and the 19th-Century Gym

Gustave Zander and the 19th-Century Gym

Contemporary fitness culture finds its origins in 19th-century Stockholm, where...

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Happy Public Domain Day 2022!

Happy Public Domain Day 2022!

Each January 1st is Public Domain Day, where a new crop of works have their copyrights...

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Top 10 Most Read Pieces from 2021

Top 10 Most Read Pieces from 2021

From Alice's Wonderland to Japanese fireworks, a rundown of the ten most read pieces...

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Snowball Fights in Art (1400–1946)

Snowball Fights in Art (1400–1946)

What’s wondrous about browsing the images of snowball fights gathered here is how...

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Little Switzerlands: Alpine Kitsch in England

Little Switzerlands: Alpine Kitsch in England

Far from the treacherous peaks and ravines of Switzerland, Alpine cottages arose,...

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All Sound Recordings Prior to 1923 Will Enter the US Public Domain in 2022

All Sound Recordings Prior to 1923 Will Enter the US Public...

Thanks to the Music Modernization Act passed by US Congress in 2018, all sound recordings...

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Our New Countdown Calendar for Works Entering the Public Domain

Our New Countdown Calendar for Works Entering the Public...

A new section on the site dedicated to celebrating works entering the public domain.

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*Odd Showers* (1870)

*Odd Showers* (1870)

An odd little book about frogs and fishes raining down from the sky and the reasons...

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*Clavis Artis* by “Zoroaster”

*Clavis Artis* by “Zoroaster”

Alchemical images from a 17th- or 18th-century manuscript that claims to be much...

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William Wells Brown, Wildcat Banker

William Wells Brown, Wildcat Banker

A cottage industry, yes, but a barbershop bank? Ross Bullen plots how a story told...

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Joseph Perry’s Medical Illustrations of Miscarriage (1834)

Joseph Perry’s Medical Illustrations of Miscarriage (1834)

Compiled over the course of roughly six years, Granville’s medical text, features...

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Last Order Dates for Christmas 2021

Last Order Dates for Christmas 2021

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

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28 New Prints Up On Our Online Shop

28 New Prints Up On Our Online Shop

New delights for your walls, including works by Blake, Grandville, Redon, Hiroshige,...

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Imaging Inscape: *The Human Soul* (1913)

Imaging Inscape: *The Human Soul* (1913)

Hippolyte Baraduc’s book recounts his invention of a photography-like process in...

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Theresa Babb’s Photographs of Friendship (ca. 1898)

Theresa Babb’s Photographs of Friendship (ca. 1898)

Theresa Babb's turn of the century photographs let us glimpse into a personal world...

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