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.


Adam Green

Joseph Nigg
Olaus Magnus’ Sea Serpent

Charles McNamara
In the Image of God: John Comenius and the First Children’s Picture Book

Luuc Kooijmans
Frederik Ruysch: The Artist of Death

Bert van de Roemer
Redressing the Balance: Levinus Vincent’s Wonder Theatre of Nature

Simon Werrett
Picturing Pyrotechnics

Ben Merriman
Piracy at the Old Bailey

Raphael Calel
The Founding Fathers v. The Climate Change Skeptics

Mike Jay
Illustrations of Madness: James Tilly Matthews and the Air Loom

Mike Jay
“O, Excellent Air Bag”: Humphry Davy and Nitrous Oxide

Andrew McConnell Stott
The Poet, the Physician, and the Birth of the Modern Vampire

Stassa Edwards
The Naturalist and the Neurologist: On Charles Darwin and James Crichton-Browne

Abigail Walthausen
Moonblight and Six Feet of Romance: Dan Carter Beard’s Foray into Fiction

Benjamin Breen
Victorian Occultism and the Art of Synesthesia

Richard Millington
Wild Heart Turning White: Georg Trakl and Cocaine

Ed Simon
Ghostwriter and Ghost: Thee Strange Case of Pearl Curran and Patience Worth




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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. (For a sneaky peek at the contents page, images from inside, and to buy click here).


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. (For a sneaky peek 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.

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? – The final delivery date will vary depending on your location. US orders should expect a time of around 2 to 3 weeks (though could be more like 4 weeks for December), 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 any other way.

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