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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Autograph manuscript of King James VI and I's Basi...

    Manuscript, Book Created date: c. 1598

    In 1599, King James VI of Scotland published Basilikon Doron (The King’s Gift), a letter to his young son Henry (1594–16...

  • 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...

  • Celebration of Shakespeare in Meres' Wit's Treasur...

    Book, Octavo

    This tiny but important book, Palladis Tamia or Wits Treasury (1598), was written by the clergyman and literary critic F...

  • 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...

  • Earliest known reference to Shakespeare's Hamlet i...

    Book, Folio, Manuscript annotation Created date: c. 1600

    This is the earliest known reference to Hamlet, in a note made by the scholar Gabriel Harvey in his copy of the works of...

  • Engraving of Amazon warrior women in de Bry’s Indi...

    Book, Folio, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is an illustration from Regnum Congo, hoc est Vera descriptio Regni Africani (The Kingdom of Congo, that is a True ...

  • 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...