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Alexander Pope’s version of The Iliad – Homer’s Greek epic poem – was drafted on scraps of paper, often using the back...
Etching, Engraving, View
It was common practice in early modern printmaking to repurpose existing engravings. This print of the inner courtyard o...
Image, Manuscript, Illustration
This is one of 12 miniatures from a manuscript of Hindu rituals and devotional tracts. The manuscript is written in the...
Greek colonists took the alphabet to Italy, where the Etruscans changed it to suit their needs. These 16th-century notes...
Pen and ink
This ink drawing in the King’s Topographical Collection depicts a small statue of the Roman god Mercury found in Colches...
Musical score, Manuscript
George Frideric Handel (1685–1759) settled in London in the autumn of 1712. His ‘Birthday Ode for Queen Anne’ represents...
This elaborate Jewish marriage-ring has a delicate pattern of twisted gold threads and bright enamel flowers. The ring f...
In 1712, the English language, according to the satirist Jonathan Swift, was in chaos. He outlined his complaints in thi...
This remarkable collection of letters comprises the correspondence between Daniel Defoe and Robert Harley, first Earl o...
These letters record the friendship between two of the most celebrated authors of the 18th century – John Gay and Jonath...
This image comes from a hymn to the Jinas bound together in an 18th-century manuscript, in old Gujarati, of the 'Sukasat...
Manuscript, Draft, Drawing
The poet and satirist Alexander Pope (1688–1744) translated Homer’s epic poem The Iliad into English, completing the wor...
Sir Robert Cotton (1570-1631) deserves attention as the former owner of two of the four surviving copies of the 1215 Mag...
This instrument is a scold’s bridle or ‘branks’ used to hurt and humiliate women whose speech or behaviour was thought t...
Book, Octavo, Map
The Scotsman Alexander Selkirk (1676‒1721) was marooned alone on one of the islands of Juan Fernández for four y...