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Sir John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library: Literary manuscripts and printed books

Charlotte Bronte manuscript for Jane EyreItems listed on this page are, at the time of writing, on display in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library in our London building. Entry is free of charge.





Cotton MS Vitellius A XV, ff. 131v–132Beowulf
Add.78917, f.2 (3003A)Seamus Heaney, Beowulf translation
Cotton MS Caligula A IX, ff. 234v–235 ($683A)The Owl and the Nightingale
Egerton 2711, ff.66v-67 (Z.74.D.3)Thomas Wyatt, poems
Add.57555, f.172v ($733A)Walter Raleigh, Verses to Cynthia
Egerton 1610, ff.11v-12 (Z.74.D.2)Laurence Sterne, A Sentimental Journey
In GeorgiansJane Austen’s writing desk
Egerton 3038, f.9 ($671A)Jane Austen, Persuasion
Ashley 4086 ($673E)Shelley, Masque of Anarchy
Add.57493, f.1 (Z.74.D.5)Dickens, Nicholas Nickelby
Dexter 281Dickens part works
Add.43475, f.192 (Z.74.D.2)Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
In galleryAlice
In galleryTess
Eccles 93, caricature at frontWilde, House of Pomegranates
Walker 17, 1st page of textMorris, A glittering plain
In galleryAuden notebook
Add.80535, pp.5v-6 (4007H)Olivier, Macbeth script
Add.88589 (folder 4) (3036C)Sylvia Plath, Ariel
Add.88899/1/5, 2nd leaf (4053H)Angela Carter, The Passion of the new Eve
New acquisitionHanif Kureishi’s diary