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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....

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

    Illumination Created date: 1500–1699

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

  • A Mirror for Magistrates, 1574

    Book, Quarto

    A Mirror for Magistrates is a collaborative collection of poems in which the ghosts of eminent statesmen recount their d...

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

    Manuscript Created date: 16th century

    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 Created date: 16th century

    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 Created date: 16th century

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

  • Angliæ Heptarchia

    Engraving, Hand-Colouring, Map

    This Harley Manuscripts map of the English Heptarchy, or the seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, was probably taken from the bot...

  • Anthology of Greek lyric poetry

    Manuscript Created date: 2nd half of the 16th century

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

  • Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae

    Manuscript Created date: 1st quarter of the 16th century

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

  • Byzantine bookbinding

    Detached binding Created date: 15th century-17th century

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

  • Catena on the Octateuch

    Manuscript Created date: 2nd quarter of the 16th century-3rd quarter of the 16th century

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

  • Devi Mahatmya

    Manuscript Created date: 16th century

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

  • Drawings of the funeral procession of Elizabeth I

    Manuscript, Image, Illustration Created date: 1557–1603

    This early 17th-century manuscript contains unique coloured drawings of the funeral procession of Queen Elizabeth I, who...

  • Etruscan alphabet from inscriptions

    Manuscript Created date: 1552-1717

    Greek colonists took the alphabet to Italy, where the Etruscans changed it to suit their needs. These 16th-century notes...

  • Fragments from a Kalophonic Sticherarion

    Manuscript Created date: 16th century–17th century

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