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  • 16th-century costume guide

    Book, Octavo, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This rich collection of woodcuts gives a fascinating insight into global fashions of Shakespeare’s day. With its Italian...

  • An Entertainment for Elizabeth I at Elvetham, 1591

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This rare pamphlet is a festival book produced to commemorate Elizabeth I’s visit to Elvetham in September 1591. It desc...

  • Broadside ballad in 'Praise of Nothing'

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration

    This 17th-century ballad called ‘The Praise of Nothing’ takes on the paradoxical task of making something out of nothing...

  • Broadside ballad on cuckolds

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This 17th-century ballad entitled ‘Cuckolds Haven’ betrays the early modern obsession with cuckolds – men who were depic...

  • Broadside ballad on the Master Constable

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This humorous 17th-century broadside ballad portrays the Master Constable as a self-important busy-body. He is exposed a...

  • Broadside ballad on Tom of Bedlam

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This item is a single-sheet broadside ballad (subsequently cut in two) called ‘New Mad Tom of Bedlam or, The Man in the ...

  • Holinshed's Chronicles, 1577

    Book, Folio, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    Holinshed’s Chronicles (1577) – often referred to as just ‘Holinshed’ – is a large collaborative work describing England...

  • Illustrated edition of Mandeville's Travels, 1568

    Book, Octavo, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This 16th-century edition of The Voiage and trauayle of syr Iohn Maundeuile, Knight (1568) has striking woodcut illustra...

  • Luther's anti-papist pamphlet, Passional Christi u...

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This richly illustrated pamphlet was produced by Martin Luther (1483–1546), the German religious reformer. It aimed to t...

  • Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, 1631

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    This is the 1631 edition of Christopher Marlowe’s best-known play, Doctor Faustus. Its title page shows Faustus as a mag...

  • Rebellion by London apprentices in 1595

    Pamphlet, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    In June 1595, around 1,000 apprentices took part in a riot on Tower Hill in London. The rioters were mostly very poor an...

  • The Geneva Bible, 1570

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Map, Illustration, Image

    This highly significant little book, known as the Geneva Bible, is an English translation of the Old and New Testaments...

  • Woodcuts showing the four humours and marriage in ...

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    These richly symbolic woodcuts appear in the second part of Henry Peacham’s Minerva Britanna (1612), a type of emblem bo...