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  • A New Canting Dictionary

    Book, Dictionary

    This is an early 18th-century dictionary of ‘cant’ – the slang used by London’s criminal underworld in order to conceal ...

  • A plan of Landguard Fort

    Pen and Ink, Map Created date: 1725

    Cliffs, fields, roads, shoals and inlets are shown on this King’s Topographical Collection map of Harwich on Essex’s Nor...

  • A pocket map of the citties of London, Westminster...

    Engraving, Map

    This map in the Crace Collection was designed as a conveniently sized navigational aid for Londoners and tourists visiti...

  • A prospect of Dunmanus Bay

    Watercolour, Pen and Ink, View Created date: about 1720

    Lying between the Mizen peninsula to the south and Sheep’s Head to the north, Dunmanus Bay is a large and deep natural b...

  • An exact view of the inside of the Court of the Pr...

    Etching, Engraving, View Created date: 1706-39

    It was common practice in early modern printmaking to repurpose existing engravings. This print of the inner courtyard o...

  • An illustration of Ganesh

    Image, Manuscript, Illustration Created date: c. 18th century

    This is one of 12 miniatures from a manuscript of Hindu rituals and devotional tracts. The manuscript is written in the...

  • Bhagavad Gita, 18th century

    Manuscript Created date: 18th century

    A finely illustrated manuscript version of the Bhagavad Gītā, one of the most inspiring expressions of Hindu spiritualit...

  • Devi Mahatmya

    Manuscript Created date: 18th century

    An illustrated version of the Devī Māhātmya (‘Glorification of the Goddess’), describing the Goddess Durgā’s battle agai...

  • Dutch Baroque gardens

    Book, View, Engraving, Hand colouring

    These views of Dutch country houses and gardens form three volumes of an atlas devoted to the Netherlands. It was put to...

  • Early 18th century depiction of a steam engine

    Print, Image

    The first viable steam engine was developed by Thomas Newcomen in 1712; it used the simple principle of atmospheric expa...

  • Early 18th century Ottoman munseat

    Manuscript Created date: Early 18th century

    The İnşā’-i a‘là belongs to a common genre of literature in the Ottoman Empire called münşeat. These works includ...

  • Figure of Mercury found at Colchester

    Pen and ink Created date: before 1726?

    This ink drawing in the King’s Topographical Collection depicts a small statue of the Roman god Mercury found in Colches...

  • Haftarot for Passover

    Manuscript Created date: 1700–1799

    The manuscript contains Haftarot (singular Haftarah) for the Passover festival. What is Haftarah? Haftarah is a selected...

  • Jain diagram Two and a Half Continents, Adhai-dvip...

    Manuscript, Map Created date: 18th century

    Jains believe the universe is divided in three worlds: the heavens, the middle world and the hells. This is a traditiona...

  • 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...