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The Seal of Prophethood: Malay prayers for protection

Monday, January 23, 2017

Malay manuscripts are generally written in conventional ‘book’ form, but a few scrolls are also encountered. Malay manuscript scrolls are primarily associated with sermons, to be read in the congregational mosque at the Friday prayers, but occasionally small scrolls are...

A Royal Proposal of Marriage

Friday, January 20, 2017

Now well into our digitisation workflow process, team EAP880 all took some time out mesmerised by the contents of one particular file… Caught at the crossworlds of British India, Tibetan Buddhism, and Burmese political transitions, this file captures the furtive...

Archive of Joan Bakewell joins the British Library’s Contemporary Archives Collections

Friday, January 20, 2017

Image: Joan Bakewell © Sukey Parnell Chris Beckett, Cataloguer in Contemporary Literary Archives at the British Library, writes: Joan Bakewell’s autobiography, The Centre of the Bed (2003), begins in a white room – a room as white as ‘a fresh...

Many hands make light music: a pianistic peculiarity from St Pancras

Friday, January 20, 2017

Now and again the innocent toil of a music cataloguer is enlivened by something unusual, even unique. A case in point is an early-19th-century sonata for piano five hands, enigmatically entitled Le souvenir. It is a substantial three-movement work by...

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