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The Public Domain Review

Vol.8 #3

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Illustrating Carnival: Remembering the Overlooked Artists Behind Early Mardi Gras

For more than 150 years the city of New Orleans has been known for the theatricality and extravagance of its Mardi Gras celebrations. Allison C. Meier looks at the wonderfully ornate float and costume designs from Carnival’s “Golden Age” and the group of New Orleans artists who created them.

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New Collection Items


Details from Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss (1908)

100 years ago this week, on 6th February 1918, the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt passed away in Vienna after having suffered a stroke and pneumonia. To celebrate the centenary of his death with a selection of close-ups from his most famous painting.

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Curiosities from the Museum of Giovanni Carafa (1778)

Fantastic depictions of various Roman antiquities from a wonderful catalogue of objects once found in the private museum of an 18th-century Italian antiquities collector.

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Omega: The Last Days of the World (1894)

Science fiction novel by astronomer Camille Flammarion, concerning a near comet miss and a vision of the earth’s far distant future.

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The Dances of the Ages (1913)

This delightful short from Edison Manufacturing Co. features the dancers Norma Gould and Ted Shawn (with troupe in tow) performing a range of “historical” dances, not upon the stage but, via the magic of special effects, miniaturised upon a banqueting table top.

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From our Friends at JSTOR Daily…

Why the First Novel Created Such a Stir

Samuel Richardson’s Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, first published in 1740, is widely regarded as the first English novel. It was certainly the first bestseller, hyped, saluted, and scorned in equal measure.

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Print of the week

Eagle Map of the United States, 1832

Rare and expertly executed map representing the United States (or at least the Eastern half) as an eagle, prepared by Joseph Churchman for his Rudiments of National Knowledge (1833). In the book Churchman expands on the idea of the country as an eagle, including an apology to the people of the state of Maine (who are not included in the bounds of the eagle’s body), though he insists that the state rather forms the eagle’s “liberty cap”.

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Our collection of recommended books

A hand-picked selection of recently published books (within the last 15 years or so), all of which in someway tap into the tastes and concerns of The Public Domain Review. There are many beautiful facsimiles and reproductions of works we’ve featured on the site, as well as fascinating books on a wide range of historical periods and themes, including many penned by our very own essay contributors.

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