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Discover the highlights of the British Library through manuscripts, diaries, stamps, maps and views, scientific reports and illustrations.

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  • A Curious Herbal - dandelion

    Book

    Elizabeth Blackwell’s beautiful illustrations of medicinal plants would be notable enough in their own right, but the un...

  • Admiral Lord Nelson’s Battle of Trafalgar Memorand...

    Letter, Manuscript

    On 9 October 1805, twelve days before the Battle of Trafalgar, naval officer Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) sen...

  • 'Alice's Adventures Under Ground', the original ma...

    Manuscript, Fair copy, Artwork, Image

    A treasured early manuscript version of one of the most famous and enduring children’s stories, Alice’s Adventures in Wo...

  • America: 1765 Tax stamps

    Philatelic item - Stamp

    These tax stamps were issued as a result of the 1765 Stamp Act passed by the British Government to extract taxation from...

  • An die Musik by Schubert

    Musical score

    This manuscript shows an example of Franz Schubert’s song composition. His setting of verses by Franz von Schober dates ...

  • Anglo-Saxon Mappa Mundi

    Map

    This map was probably created at Canterbury between 1025 and 1050, but is probably ultimately based on a model dating fr...

  • Anne McLaren’s Notebook

    Notebook

    Dame Anne McLaren (1927 – 2007) was a developmental biologist who pioneered techniques that led to human in vitro fertil...

  • Audubon's Birds of America

    Book

    John James Audubon (1785 – 1851) was an ornithologist of the early 19th-century responsible for creating the largest and...

  • Bedford Hours

    Manuscript

    A lavishly illuminated Book of Hours, gifted to Henry VI by the Duke and Duchess of Bedford. The Bedford Hours is regar...

  • Beowulf

    Manuscript

    Beowulf is the longest epic poem in Old English, the language spoken in Anglo-Saxon England before the Norman Conquest....

  • Canada: 1851 12d black

    Philatelic item - Stamp

    The first issue of stamps for the colony of Canada was made in 1851 and comprised three pence, six pence, and 12 pence v...

  • Cape of Good Hope: 1855-63 one shilling bright yel...

    Philatelic item - Stamp

    Before South Africa was unified in 1910 the colony of Cape of Good Hope issued its own stamps, including the famous tria...

  • Captain Scott's diary, volume 3

    Diary, Manuscript

    Robert Falcon Scott (1868 - 1912) and his four companions reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, just one month afte...

  • Carmina Regia

    Manuscript

    The magnificent painting in this book was intended as a gift for Robert of Anjou, King of Naples from 1309-43.  It illus...

  • Charles Darwin's natural selection letter

    Letter

    Charles Darwin (1809 - 82) was a naturalist who developed the theory of evolution by natural selection which was publish...