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  • 2,000-year-old homework book

    Writing tablet

    These two wax tablets, once bound together with string, are pages of a Greek homework book from around 2,000 years ago. ...

  • Apple IIe computer

    Computer

    Apple II computers were among the first microcomputers to be produced. They were designed primarily by Steve Wozniak and...

  • Baskerville type designs

    Book

    In this edition of Paradise Lost, the typefaces are the design of printer John Baskerville. Baskerville established a ty...

  • Burmese tattooing implements

    Tattooing implement

    In the 19th century, it was seen as a rite of passage for young Burmese men to endure the painful process of being tatto...

  • Chinese calligraphy manual

    Manual, Printed book

    One of the distinctive features of traditional Chinese calligraphy is that the brush is held at a right angle to the pag...

  • Chinese oracle bone

    Bones

    Oracle bones were used for divination over three thousand years ago in ancient China and they are among the oldest items...

  • Cicero's De Officiis (1498)

    Manuscript

    De Officiis is by the Roman writer Marcus Tullius Cicero, and dates from 44 BC. It is in the form of a letter to his son...

  • Digital typeface for the BBC

    Poster

    Customers increasingly access the BBC’s services on a range of digital platforms. Commercial typefaces designed for prin...

  • Double Pigeon Chinese Typewriter

    Typewriter

    The Double Pigeon Chinese typewriter became iconic in Maoist China (1949–76). Its design reflects almost a century of ex...

  • First book in italic typeface

    Book

    In 1501 the master-printer Aldus Manutius produced this pocket-sized edition of Virgil: the first book printed with an i...

  • First printed edition of The Canterbury Tales by G...

    Printed book

    The Canterbury Tales is a poetical work of 24 stories written in Middle English by Geoffrey Chaucer in the years 1387 to...

  • Geometric types

    Plate

    This typeface was designed using an 8 x 8 grid and circles to define the roman capitals.  It was created by Charles-Lo...

  • Gutenberg Bible

    Printed book

    Johann Gutenberg’s Bible is probably the most famous Bible in the world. It is the earliest full-scale work printed in E...

  • New English calligraphy

    Book

    Xu Bing is a Chinese artist who plays with script and language to create artworks and installations. At first glance thi...

  • Persian Qur’an

    Book

    This 17th-century illuminated Iranian Qur’an contains the two dominant forms of Arabic script: right-angled naskh in bla...