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  • 17th century depiction of the Holy Shrine of Mecca

    Manuscript, Image

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

  • A comparison between the Bohemian and English Civi...

    Etching, Map

    A Comparison Between the Bohemian and English Civil Wars, by Wenceslaus Hollar (about 1659). Maps *1083 (1)

  • 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 ...

  • Autograph poems by Katherine Philips

    Manuscript, Letter, Playscript

    These manuscripts – two poems handwritten by Katherine Philips, and a scribal copy of an extract from her play Pompey (1...

  • 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 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...

  • Chinese Torah – Kaifeng Torah

    Manuscript, Scroll

    This scroll was specially prepared for one of the farthest flung and most remarkable religious communities of history: t...

  • Dutch picture bible: Bybel-Printen, 1659

    Book, Folio, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    The Protestant Reformation that swept through Europe in the 16th century radically reshaped Christianity. It overturned...

  • 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

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

  • Five protective hymns

    Manuscript, Manuscript annotation, Image

    This is one of the covers of a manuscript of the 'Five Protective Hymns', produced in 1659 at the Tarmula Monastery in K...

  • Illuminated manuscript of the Divine Liturgies

    Manuscript

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

  • Jewish marriage-ring

    Object

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

  • Klencke Atlas

    Map

    The Klencke Atlas is one of the world's biggest: it measures  176 x 231 cm when open. It takes its name from Joannes Kle...