Highlights

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

    Reverend Charles Dodgson was a mathematics tutor at Christ Church, Oxford in 1856 when he first met Alice Liddell and he...

  • 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...

  • Bad quarto of Hamlet, 1603, also known as the firs...

    Book, Quarto

    This is the earliest surviving printed version of William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. There are only two copies of this b...

  • Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English Peopl...

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript

    Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People was completed in 731. It tells the story of the conversion of the En...

  • Bedford Hours

    Manuscript, Codex

    This magnificent manuscript was made in France and adapted for John, Duke of Bedford, and to celebrate his marriage to A...

  • Beethoven's tuning fork

    Tuning fork

    We hold a number of unusual Beethoven-related items, including his laundry list, a set of his kitchen accounts and even ...

  • Beowulf

    Manuscript

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

  • Brontë juvenilia: 'Blackwood's Young Men's Magazin...

    Manuscript, Fair copy, Artwork, Image

    Written in minute characters in imitation of print, this tiny book is the December 1829 issue of Blackwood’s Young Men’s...

  • 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...