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  • Boydell's Collection of Prints illustrating Shakes...

    Book, Engraving, Print, Illustration, Image

    In 1789, the publisher John Boydell opened the Shakespeare Gallery, an exhibition space in London’s Pall Mall showcasing...

  • 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...

  • Engraving of Plato

    Print, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is an image of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato (c.429 –347 BC), whose text The Symposium informs the themes of ...

  • 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, ...

  • Italian treatise on dance, 1602

    Book, Folio, Musical score, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This beautifully illustrated treatise on dance was produced by the Italian dance-master Cesare Negri (c. 1536–1604), als...

  • 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...

  • Shakespeare's Collected Poems, 1640

    Book, Octavo, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This controversial edition of Shakespeare’s sonnets and miscellaneous poems was published in 1640 by John Benson (d. 166...

  • The Arches of Triumph, built for James I's entry i...

    Book, Folio, Illustration, Engraving, Image

    On 15 March 1604,[1] King James I made his royal entry into London, with an extravagant pageant of street theatre and mu...

  • The first illustrated works of Shakespeare edited...

    Book, Quarto, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is the first illustrated edition of The works of Mr. William Shakespear (1709), a beautiful set of six volumes edit...

  • 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...

  • The Time Triumphant, describing James I's entry in...

    Book, Quarto, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    In this pamphlet, Gilbert Dugdale describes the lavish events surrounding James I’s accession to the English throne in 1...

  • View of London in Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Map, View, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is a contemporary image of the London in which Shakespeare lived and worked for much of his life. As we can see, it...

  • View of Venice in Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Map, View, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is a beautifully hand-coloured view of 16th-century Venice – the setting for two of Shakespeare’s plays, The Mercha...

  • View of Verona in Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Map, View, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This image shows a bird’s-eye view of the city of Verona, in what is now Northern Italy. It illustrates some of the hist...