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  • 17th century depiction of the Holy Shrine of Mecca

    Manuscript, Image Created date: 17th century

    Painting from a 17th-century manuscript of 'Futuh al-Haramayn', a poetical description by Muhvi Lari of the Holy Places...

  • 17th-century brothel in Nicholas Goodman’s Holland...

    Book, Quarto, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    Holland’s Leaguer was a notorious 17th-century brothel which stood, near London’s playhouses, on the south bank of the R...

  • A fayre portion for a fayre mayd

    Broadside ballad

    ‘A Fayre Portion for a Fayre Mayd : OR, The thriftie Mayd of Worstersheere’ was printed in London, and is attributed to ...

  • A standard bearer facing left

    Etching

    A complete set of this series, comprising nine prints depicting the costumes of the French royal guards, appears in the...

  • Banarasivilasa, Jain religious poetry

    Manuscript Created date: 17th century

    The Banarasavilasa is a superb anthology of Jain Digambara religious poetry. This folio is the beginning of a poem in pr...

  • Broadside ballad 'A Bill of Fare'

    Broadside, Ephemera

    A ballad on food called ‘A Bill of Fare: For, A Saturday nights Supper, A Sunday morning Breakfast, and A Munday Dinner’...

  • 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 the Cruel Shrew

    Broadside ballad, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    The cruel ‘shrew’, as depicted in this ballad, was a sexist stereotype in 16th- and 17th-century England. At that time, ...

  • 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...

  • Death's Duel by John Donne

    Book, Quarto, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This text shows John Donne (1572–1631) contemplating and rehearsing the circumstances of his own death. Deaths Duell i...

  • Engraving of Plato

    Print, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is an image of the ancient Greek philosopher Plato (c.429 –347 BC), whose text The Symposium informs the themes of ...

  • 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...

  • Friendship album of Gervasius Fabricius zu Kleshei...

    Friendship album, Book, Quarto, Manuscript, Illustration, Image Created date: 1595–1637

    These are illustrations from the friendship album of the student Gervasius Fabricius zu Klesheim of Salzburg, and others...

  • Illuminated manuscript of the Divine Liturgies

    Manuscript Created date: 1600

    The three Divine Liturgies, those of St John Chrysostom, St Basil of Caesarea, and of the Presanctified Gifts (tradition...

  • Jewish marriage-ring

    Object Created date: 16th–19th century

    This elaborate Jewish marriage-ring has a delicate pattern of twisted gold threads and bright enamel flowers. The ring f...