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  • A Select Collection of English Songs

    Book

    Published in 1783, this is a collection of lyrics and music by the publisher Joseph Ritson, with eight plates engraved b...

  • 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...

  • Appreciation of Tristram Shandy by Cambridge gradu...

    Manuscript, Letter, Image, Illustration Created date: 1760–1789

    Tristram Shandy caused a sensation almost as soon as the first two volumes were published in December 1759. The author ...

  • 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...

  • Correspondence between Frances Burney and the publ...

    Manuscript, Letter Created date: 1770‒1838

    When Frances Burney (1752–1840) first published her novel Evelina, she did so in strictest secrecy, concealing both her...

  • Dastan-i Mirac

    Manuscript Created date: late 18th–early 19th century

    The Dastan- ı Miraç, is the story of the Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) ascent to heaven. The text is recited in many ...

  • Depiction of Sri Narasimha, the half-human half-li...

    Image, Illustration, Cloth Created date: c. 1780–89

    This page comes from an 18th-century folding cloth book of religious and mythological oil-colour paintings, copied from...

  • 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...

  • Drawings of England by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm

    Pen and ink, Wash, Watercolour, View Created date: 1770-90

    Grimm traversed the country recording ‘everything curious’ for Sir Richard Kaye in the late 18th century. The five drawi...

  • Drawings of Sussex by Samuel Hieronymus Grimm

    Watercolour, Pen and ink, Wash, View Created date: 1780-91

    Between 1780 and 1791 (excluding 1786) Grimm spent two weeks from every Whitsun making views in Sussex for the antiquary...

  • Gammer G's Garland

    Chapbook, Children's book, Illustration, Image

    Joseph Ritson, who commissioned William Blake to create the engravings for the Collection of English Songs (1784), had t...

  • Gossip column and review of The School for Scandal...

    Magazine, Octavo, Illustration, Engraving, Image

    In the opening scene of The School for Scandal, Sheridan shows us a world of libellous gossip, deception and social hyp...

  • 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...

  • Illustration of King John delivering Magna Carta t...

    Illustration Created date: 1783

    This coloured print reproduces a painting by John Hamilton Mortimer (1740-79), exhibited at the Society of Artists in 17...

  • 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...