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  • 17th-century depiction of the Holy Shrine of Mecca

    Illumination

    The Haram at Mecca with the Kaʻbah in the centre, from a manuscript of Futūḥ al-Ḥaramayn, a poetical description of the...

  • A Sufi biographical dictionary, the Majalis al-'us...

    Manuscript

    A deluxe copy of the Majālis al-ʻushshāq (‘Assemblies of lovers’), a collection of seventy-six biographies of Sufi saint...

  • Accusations against Christopher Marlowe by Richard...

    Manuscript

    These notorious manuscripts appear to support the idea of Christopher Marlowe as the wild boy of Elizabethan literature....

  • Al-Qazwini’s Wonders of Creation

    Manuscript

    An illustrated copy of the 13th-century writer al-Qazwīnī’s ʻAjāʼib al-makhlūqāt (‘Wonders of creation’) produced in the...

  • Anthology of Greek lyric poetry

    Manuscript

    The 15th and 16th centuries saw an outburst of scholarly interest in Greek literature in western Europe. The arrival of...

  • Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae

    Manuscript

    The 3rd-century CE author Athenaeus is known today for his long work, the Deipnosophistae (‘Dinner Sophists’). This work...

  • Byzantine bookbinding

    Detached binding

    The original binding of Additional 28821, a volume containing Byzantine musical texts, is now kept separately, having de...

  • Catena on the Octateuch

    Manuscript

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

  • Devi Mahatmya

    Manuscript

    An illustrated palm-leaf manuscript of the Devī Māhātmya, a devotional text in praise of Durgā. Made in Bhaktapur, Nepal...

  • First known printed world map showing America

    Map

    This map, produced just a decade after Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World, is the earliest known printed worl...

  • Fragments from a Kalophonic Sticherarion

    Manuscript

    Ongoing developments in Greek music resulted in the appearance of the ‘kalophonic’ (beautiful-sounding) style of chant. ...

  • Greek bestiary

    Manuscript

    The Byzantine poet Manuel Philes (c. 1275–c. 1345) is best known now for his work De Animalium Proprietate (‘On the Natu...

  • Greek military and technical treatises

    Manuscript

    The treatises of Hero of Alexandria (mid-1st century CE) on pneumatics and automata were hugely popular in the Byzantine...

  • Hagiographa

    Manuscript

    Codex of Ketuvim (‘Writings’, the third division of the Hebrew Bible), in Hebrew, Aramaic and Judeo-Arabic. The transla...

  • Henry VIII's prayer roll

    Scroll, Prayer book, Manuscript, Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript, Illustration, Image

    Owned by Henry VIII as a young man, this is one of the finest surviving late medieval prayer rolls. The manuscript Meas...