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  • 16th-century compasses

    Object

    This ornate pair of compasses is part of a set made by Bartholomew Newsum (c. 1530–1587), the clockmaker to Elizabeth I....

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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

    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...

  • Drawings of the funeral procession of Elizabeth I

    Manuscript, Image, Illustration

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

  • Etruscan alphabet from inscriptions

    Manuscript

    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

    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...

  • Hero’s Pneumatika

    Manuscript

    Although most of the manuscripts of the works of Hero of Alexandria (1st century CE) in the British Library contain both...

  • Illustrated Greek treatises on warfare

    Manuscript

    This remarkable manuscript, completed on 7 May 1545, contains a range of treatises on warfare and weaponry, including te...