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  • An Apology for the Life of Mrs Shamela Andrews

    Book, Octavo

    An Apology for the Life of Mrs Shamela Andrews by Henry Fielding is an insightful and highly effective parody of Samuel ...

  • An illustration of Ganesh

    Image, Manuscript, Illustration

    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

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

  • Curiosities in the Tower of London

    Printed book, Illustration, Image, Miniature book

    The bookseller and publisher, Thomas Boreman, was a trailblazing figure in the history of children’s literature. He led...

  • Devi Mahatmya

    Manuscript

    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 Ottoman munseat

    Manuscript

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

  • Ephraim Chambers's Cyclopaedia, 1741

    Book, Folio, Image, Illustration, Engraving

    Ephraim Chambers’s dense and richly illustrated Cyclopaedia was first published in 1728 and subsequently reprinted sever...

  • Haftarot for Passover

    Manuscript

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

  • Homemade turn-up book

    Manuscript, Movable book, Original artwork, Illustration, Image

    This ‘turn-up’ book was handmade almost 300 years ago. It is a cross between a playful game and a serious religious tale...

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

    Manuscript, Map

    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

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

  • Laurence Sterne's holy orders

    Manuscript

    The first volumes of Tristram Shandy were printed anonymously in York in 1759, but it soon emerged that the writer of t...

  • Letters Written to and for Particular Friends by S...

    Book, Duodecimo

    Samuel Richardson’s Letters Written to and for Particular Friends is a letter-writing manual containing fictional corres...

  • Messiah by George Frideric Handel

    Musical score

    The German composer George Frideric Handel (1685–1759) composed Messiah in 1741 and it remains his best-known work, with...