The PDR Press is the publishing spin-off project of The Public Domain Review. Since 2014 it has published the annual Selected Essays series, which brings you the very best of our longform pieces in the form of lovingly-produced books, each essay getting a fresh edit and adorned with a whole host of newly sourced imagery. As of early 2016, the PDR Press has also started publishing New Editions, beautifully designed reprints and reworkings of public domain material. See our selection below.


New Editions


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Oh Excellent Air Bag: Under the Influence of Nitrous Oxide, 1799–1920

Paperback / 216mm x 140mm / 144 pages / 70lb paper / introductory essay / colour images

“Wonderful … edited with wit and imagination”The Guardian
“An eye-opening compilation … enthralling”The Paris Review

Collection of surreal and striking first-hand accounts of early “laughing gas” intoxication, and the secondary literature they spawned, including writings by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, William James, and Theodore Dreiser. Far from the images of balloon-huffing festival-goers and post-dental nonsense that nitrous oxide tends to conjure today, this unique anthology reveals the fascinating pedigree of the gas — a history at the very heart of the Romantic movement and one of the great early blooms of psychedelic literature. (MORE INFO…).
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Lucian’s Dialogues of the Gods

Paperback / 203mm x 133mm / 152 pages / 70lb paper / introductory essay / extensive appendices

A sumptuous new edition of Lucian’s comic masterpiece, using primarily the text from the Fowler brothers’ superb 1905 translation and presented in a novel typographic layout. The dialogues — originally penned in the 2nd century AD — eavesdrop on the Ancient Greek gods, presenting us with a sensational peek behind the curtain of life on Mount Olympus. While previous editions have been heavily edited, this new collection draws on historical sources to present the Dialogues in their entirety, including an introductory essay and extensive appendices. All printed on a luxurious 70lb/105gsm paper. (MORE INFO…).
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The Essay Books



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The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays, Vol. III

Paperback / 216mm x 140mm / 196 pages / 70lb paper / full colour / 14 essays / 79 illustrations

Perhaps our most sensuous volume yet, this third offering in our selected essays series is positively bursting with goodness, including chocolate highs, scorbutic visions, wonky badgers, sexy flora, deadly fogs, mathematical fish, coloured cubes of hyperspace, a very naughty Aristotle, and pianos comprised of yelping cats. (MORE INFO…).
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The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays, Vol. II

Paperback / 216mm x 140mm / 195 pages / 70lb paper / full colour / 15 essays / 99 illustrations

From synesthetic auras and skeletal tableaux to brainwashing machines and truth-revealing diseases; from laughing gas and cocaine-fuelled poems to Byronic vampires and petty pirates — together these fifteen essays chart a wonderfully curious course through the last five hundred years of history. (MORE INFO…).
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The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays, Vol. I

Paperback / 216mm x 140mm / 346 pages / 70lb paper / full colour / 34 essays / 146 illustrations

Volcanoes, coffee, talking trees, pigs on trial, painted smiles, lost Edens, the social life of geometry, a cat called Jeoffry, lepidopterous spying, monkey-eating poets, imaginary museums, a woman pregnant with rabbits, an invented language drowning in umlauts, a disgruntled Proust, frustrated Flaubert… and much much more. Spread across six themed chapters – Animals, Bodies, Words, Worlds, Encounters and Networks – the book includes a stellar line up of contributors, including Jack Zipes, Frank Delaney, Arika Okrent, Noga Arikha, and Julian Barnes. (MORE INFO…).
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I have an idea for something to publish through the PDR Press, can I get in touch? – If you’d like to talk about possibilities for collaboration then please contact Adam on pdrpress@publicdomainreview.org.