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  • Hero’s Pneumatika

    Manuscript

    Although most of the manuscripts of the works of Hero of Alexandria (1st century CE) in the British Library contain both...

  • Illustrated Greek treatises on warfare

    Manuscript

    This remarkable manuscript, completed on 7 May 1545, contains a range of treatises on warfare and weaponry, including te...

  • John Mauromates’ copy of Hero’s mechanical texts

    Manuscript

    The prolific scribe John Mauromates (fl. 1541–65), originally from Corfu, was active in Venice in the middle of the 16th...

  • Laonikos Chalkokondyles, Histories

    Manuscript

    The lifetime of the historian Laonikos Chalkokondyles (c. 1423-c. 1490) coincided with the fall of Constantinople and th...

  • Letter of Aristeas

    Manuscript

    The catena, a biblical commentary that proceeds verse by verse, was a popular interpretative tool in the Byzantine world...

  • Mahavira preaching from the Uttaradhyayana Sutra

    Manuscript

    The Uttaradhyayana Sutra is one of the most important sacred books of the Shvetambar Jains, who venerate its antiquity a...

  • Map of Falmouth Haven and the River Fal as far as...

    Manuscript, Illustration, Map

    This 16th century drawing describes the Fal estuary in Cornwall, from Falmouth (the mouth of the river Fal) to Truro. Th...

  • Mechanical Texts by Hero of Alexandria

    Manuscript

    The mechanical treatises of Hero of Alexandria, which were extremely popular in Byzantium and in the early modern era, s...

  • Mount's Bay, Cornwall

    Manuscript, Map, Drawing

    This plan shows Mount’s Bay in Cornwall in an invasion scenario and is thought to date from around 1540. It is orientate...

  • Notebook of Johannes Cuno

    Manuscript

    Johannes Cuno (1463–1513) was a Dominican friar and humanist from Nuremberg. He travelled to Italy around 1500, where he...

  • Pahlavi Rivayat

    Manuscript

    This early 16th-century manuscript contains the text commonly referred to as the ‘Pahlavi Rivāyat’, is a Pahlavi (Middle...

  • Pratikramana vidhi

    Manuscript

    This manuscript of the 'Uttaradhyayana Sutra' was written in Prakrit prose and verse in the 16th century. The image show...

  • Prayer pages from a 16th-century Qur’an

    Manuscript

    A 16th-century Qur’an of Afghani, or possibly Indian, origin. The manuscript Librarians’ notes show that this manuscript...

  • Rigveda

    Manuscript

    The Rig Veda is one of the oldest and most important texts in the śruti tradition of Hinduism. What is the Rig Veda? Th...

  • Stories of the Prophets

    Manuscript

    An illustrated 16th-century account of the lives of the Prophets, in Persian. The Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʼ There are several di...