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Foreign travellers to 19th-century Siam

21 April 2015

By the 15th century the kingdom of Ayutthaya had developed into an important trading centre, and Europeans, led by the Portuguese, started to travel to the region to seek their commercial fortunes and to extend their influence. Accounts left by...

Making Islamic-style paper

20 April 2015

The British Library Centre for Conservation recently hosted a professional course on Traditions of Papermaking in the Islamic World, organised by The Islamic Manuscript Association, in association with the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation. Add Or Ms 1699: A 19th c. watercolour...

Educating Italians in 19th-century London

20 April 2015

The recently acquired journal Il Pellegrino: giornale istruttivo, morale e piacevole ad uso della Scuola Italiana Gratuita di Grenville Street, Hatton Garden, represents a remarkable and unique addition to the British Library’s Italian collections. Launched on 4 June 1842 with...

The Devil is in the Detail: A Thirteenth-Century Bible Moralisée

18 April 2015

Detail of a medallion with souls being taken by demons and placed in a cauldron, from a Bible moralisée, France (Paris), 2nd quarter of the 13th century, Harley MS 1526, f. 21r Bibles moralisées (‘Moralised Bibles’) were a source of...

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