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The Public Domain Review
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Online journal and cabinet of curiosities
Online journal and cabinet of curiosities

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While imprisoned on St Helena, Napoleon started learning English. Within three months he could make sense of a newspaper. But spelling and pronunciation proved trickier. One resident of the island called his English “the oddest in the world”. More here: https://buff.ly/2Dr3fbw
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Happy #WorldBookDay! Explore our collection of more than 200 weird and wonderful titles from the past here: https://buff.ly/2HWHNi4 (Pictured: Giuseppe Arcimboldo's The Librarian, 1566)
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"Naturally a Japanese child, when sent in the dusk to draw water, will do so with fear and trembling, for this limp, floppy apparition might scare the boldest." From Books and Bookmen (1886) by Andrew Lang, a collector of Japanese bogie stories: https://buff.ly/2t9nE5c
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Seed sowing time — entry for March in the Labors of the Months section of the Très Riches Heures, probably the most important illuminated manuscript of the 15th century: https://buff.ly/2FGTvN8
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🎶Wear celluloid collars and cuffs 🎶
🎶Of joy you'll have more than enough* 🎶

*As long as you'd enjoy turning into a frog, dancing to a banjo, and imitating William Tell's son.

More zany 19th-century collar and cuff ads here: https://buff.ly/2BYyX2X
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Ukifine, by Utagawa Hiroshige, ca. 1845. Ukifine (meaning drifting or floating boat) is the nickname of a character from the 11th-century classic of Japanese literature Tale of Genji. Available to buy as a print in our shop here: https://buff.ly/2FE9Fqy
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Happy birthday to Michel de Montaigne, who would have been 485 today. At 38 years old he quit public life to devote himself to leisure, reading, and reflection. He began writing experimental meditations he called “essais” (Old French for “attempts”) and thus a new literary genre was born: https://buff.ly/2EY8b9h
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For those facing a blanket of snow today, here's a closer look at that white stuff all around you, courtesy of Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley (1865–1931), the first to truly capture the strange and intricate detail of snow crystals: https://buff.ly/2F2928U
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“They torture a man or woman who has had sexual relations during menstruation or the period after childbirth by pulling their tongue out of their neck”. A 19th-century Eastern Turki manuscript depicting punishment in the afterlife. More here: https://buff.ly/2CpL2z7
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