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.

Adam Green


Nicholas Humphrey
Bugs and Beasts Before the Law

Niki Russell
Mary Toft and Her Extraordinary Delivery of Rabbits

Frank Key
Christopher Smart’s Jubilate Agno

Mark Kaufman
Robert Baden-Powell’s Entomological Intrigues


Nicholas Jeeves
The Serious and the Smirk

Noga Arikha
As a Lute out of Tune: Robert Burton’s Melancholy

George Prochnik
American Kaleidoscope: Morton Prince and the Boston Revolution in Psychotherapy

Marri Lynn
Vesalius and the Body Metaphor

Alicia Puglionesi
Proving it: The American Provers’ Union Documents Certain Ill Effects

Richard Lines
The Erotic Dreams of Emanuel Swedenborg

Andrew McConnell Stott
The Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi


William C. Carter
Lost in Translation: Proust and Scott Moncrieff

Michael Erard
The Polyglot of Bologna

Arika Okrent
Trüth, Beaüty, and Volapük

Daniel Stolzenberg
Athanasius Kircher and the Hieroglyphic Sphinx

Richard Hamblyn
The Krakatoa Sunsets

Frank Delaney
Seeing Joyce


Brook Wilensky-Lanford
The Last Great Explorer: William F. Warren and the Search for Eden

Max Adams
John Martin and the Theatre of Subversion

Peter Fitting
Stories of a Hollow Earth

Ian Stewart
Aspiring to a Higher Plane

Claire Preston
Lost Libraries

John Glassie
Athanasius, Underground

Colin Dickey
The Redemption of Saint Anthony


Julian Barnes
An Unlikely Lunch: When Maupassant met Swinburne

Edward Duyker
Labillardière and his Relation

Ray Davis
Tales from Tahiti

Brian Murray
Henry Morton Stanley and the Pygmies of “Darkest Africa”

Robert C. Davis
Slavery in North Africa — The Famous Story of Captain James Riley


Matthew Green
The Lost World of the London Coffeehouse

Jonathan Lamb
The Implacability of Things

Robin Jarvis
Still Booking on De Quincey’s Mail-Coach

Anca Pusca
On Benjamin’s Public (Oeuvre)

Jack Zipes
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 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 – 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).

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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.

Why books? – Put simply, we love books and we suspect you do too. Online publishing has many great benefits – the ability to hyperlink, minimum cost, etc. – but there is nothing like feeling a book’s weight in your hand, reading words as ink and seeing images on paper. It’s been a true pleasure and honour to publish online such a wonderful collection of essays over the years, and we feel that this is the next logical step to giving them the platform they deserve. Of course, this leap from screen to book also means you can take your beloved PDR wherever you desire, far beyond the reaches of the internet’s myriad distractions: to be perused by lamplight, in bed, the garden, on trains, upon the back of a horse rampaging across desert plains, whatever takes your fancy.

Will payment be secure? – Yes, the payment will be processed safely and securely. This page is secured with an SSL certificate ensuring that your card information is kept safe.

When will the book arrive? – US orders should expect a time of around 2 to 3 weeks, for non-US destinations it should be around 3 or 4 weeks. We know this is a long time to wait but we don’t currently have the resources to do it another way. (Need to change your delivery address? No problem, just email Adam at [email protected])

If I want buy a number of different books can I pay for them all together? – If paying by card they will have to be purchased separately. If paying using PayPal you can bundle them together in the same transaction. For both methods of payment, multiple copies of the same book can be purchased together in one transaction.

Will I have to pay import/customs fees on the delivery? – US orders, no you will not. For non-US orders it varies according to the laws of your destination country, but probably not. Books do not incur import duty in most countries around the world and other charges such as VAT are unlikely for orders as small as 1 or 2 books, but for larger orders there is a chance. Please see your local customs laws for more information.

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 [email protected]