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.
Bugs and Beasts Before the Law
Mary Toft and Her Extraordinary Delivery of Rabbits
Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno
Robert Baden-Powell’s Entomological Intrigues
The Serious and the Smirk
As a Lute out of Tune: Robert Burton’s Melancholy
American Kaleidoscope: Morton Prince and the Boston Revolution in Psychotherapy
Vesalius and the Body Metaphor
Proving it: The American Provers’ Union Documents Certain Ill Effects
The Erotic Dreams of Emanuel Swedenborg
Andrew McConnell Stott
The Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi
William C. Carter
Lost in Translation: Proust and Scott Moncrieff
The Polyglot of Bologna
Trüth, Beaüty, and Volapük
Athanasius Kircher and the Hieroglyphic Sphinx
The Krakatoa Sunsets
The Last Great Explorer: William F. Warren and the Search for Eden
John Martin and the Theatre of Subversion
Stories of a Hollow Earth
Aspiring to a Higher Plane
The Redemption of Saint Anthony
An Unlikely Lunch: When Maupassant met Swinburne
Labillardière and his Relation
Tales from Tahiti
Henry Morton Stanley and the Pygmies of “Darkest Africa”
Robert C. Davis
Slavery in North Africa — The Famous Story of Captain James Riley
The Lost World of the London Coffeehouse
The Implacability of Things
Still Booking on De Quincey’s Mail-Coach
On Benjamin’s Public (Oeuvre)
The Forgotten Tales of the Brothers Grimm
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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 illustrationsFrom 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 – the fifteen essays within chart a wonderfully curious course through the last 500 years or so: from the Age of Discovery to the rise of Modernism, from sea serpents of the 16th-century deep to early-20th-century Ouija literature. (For a sneaky peak at the contents page, images from inside and to buy click here).
Can you tell me more about the Selected Essays series? – Released through our very own PDR Press, this “Selected Essays” series brings you the very best of our longform pieces in the form of lovingly-produced books. With each essay getting a fresh edit and adorned with a whole host of newly sourced imagery, this is very far from simply the website in printed form – these books are beautiful objects in and of themselves.
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