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  • 16th-century compasses

    Object Created date: 1565-1575

    This ornate pair of compasses is part of a set made by Bartholomew Newsum (c. 1530–1587), the clockmaker to Elizabeth I....

  • Death's Duel by John Donne

    Book, Quarto, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This text shows John Donne (1572–1631) contemplating and rehearsing the circumstances of his own death. Deaths Duell i...

  • First edition of John Donne's Poems, 1633

    Book, Quarto, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is the first edition of John Donne’s collected poems, printed in 1633, two years after he died. In his lifetime, ...

  • Letters from John Donne about his secret marriage...

    Manuscript, Letter Created date: 1602

    These two remarkable letters were hand-written by John Donne (1572–1631) in a desperate attempt to save himself from th...

  • Micrographia by Robert Hooke, 1665

    Book, Folio, Illustration, Image

    Robert Hooke (1635–1703) was not only a scientist, he was a mapmaking pioneer, architect, astronomer, biologist and inge...

  • Poems by Shakespeare, Donne and others in I. A.'s...

    Manuscript, Book, Duodecimo, Commonplace book Created date: 17th century

    This handwritten collection of poems and prose contains William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 2, as well as works by other Elizab...

  • Portrait of John Donne, aged 18

    Book, Octavo, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This portrait portrays John Donne (1572–1631), aged 18, as a young man poised for adventure. He is dressed in a dark pa...

  • Portrait of John Donne, c. 1595

    Painting, Image Created date: c. 1595

    This atmospheric oil painting depicts John Donne (1572–1631) as a romantic young writer. It is one of the first known p...

  • The Mariner's Mirrour, 1588

    Book, Folio, Map, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This hand-coloured copy of The Mariners Mirrour (1588) is an English version of the world’s first sea-atlas. It contains...

  • Works by John Donne and Ben Jonson in the Newcastl...

    Manuscript, Drawing, Illustration, Image Created date: 17th century

    This handwritten volume, known as the Newcastle Manuscript, is an anthology of verse and prose made for Sir William Cave...