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  • 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...

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

    Manuscript Created date: 17th century

    A 17th-century copy of the Futūḥ al-Ḥaramayn, a poetical description of the holy shrines of Mecca and Medina and the rit...

  • A 17th century textbook on comparative religion

    Manuscript Created date: 17th century

    What is the work about? This important 17th-century encyclopaedia, the Dabistān-i Maz̲āhib (‘School of Religions’) can b...

  • A 17th-century Ashkenaz Torah Scroll

    Manuscript, Scroll Created date: 17th century

    A 17th-century Ashkenaz Torah Scroll. What is the Torah Scroll? The Torah Scroll is the holiest object in Judaism. It i...

  • 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 ...

  • Armenian Gospel book

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript Created date: 1608

    A lavish copy of the Gospels in Armenian, made in the Persian capital of Isfahan, in 1608. When did Christianity spread ...

  • Ben Jonson's The English Grammar

    Book

    Ben Jonson’s works range from the down-to-earth drama Bartholomew Fair with its witty observations of London life, to re...

  • Ben Jonson's Works with autograph poem on the marr...

    Book, Folio, Manuscript, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This is a handwritten poem composed by Ben Jonson for Robert Carr, Earl of Somerset (c. 1587–1645), to celebrate Carr’s ...

  • 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...

  • Capriccio

    Etching, Letterpress, Pen and ink

    This capriccio or fanciful combination of fragments of sculpture, architecture and archaeological ruins inscribed with a...

  • Drawing of the monument to John Donne in St Paul’s...

    Manuscript, Drawing, Illustration, Image

    This striking pen-and-ink drawing shows the memorial statue of John Donne (1572–1631) in St Paul’s Cathedral. It depict...

  • 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 ...