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  • A novelist dreams of becoming Kannon

    Book

    This is one of the humorous, but edifying, illustrated texts known as yellow-cover books. An impoverished novelist, Yoku...

  • 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...

  • Bishop Knight's Monument, Wells Cathedral

    Pen and Ink Created date: 1784-91

    John Carter’s sketch of Bishop Knight’s monument in Wells Cathedral is found in one of the 20 volumes of his works in th...

  • Broadside about the Albion Mills fire

    Broadside, Ephemera, Illustration, Image

    What were the Albion Mills? By 1780 4.5% of the steam engines used in industry were located in London. Over the next 20...

  • Broadside calling for sailors to enlist in the Rat...

    Broadside, Ephemera

    This 1791 broadside is an advertisement calling for sailors to enlist in the Rattle-Snake, a naval ship described as a ‘...

  • 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 ...

  • Delaware copy of the United States Bill of Rights

    Manuscript, Charter Created date: 1791

    Drafted in August 1789 by James Madison (1751–1836), later fourth President of the United States (1809–17), the Bill of ...

  • 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 for The Antiquities of Scotland (1789–91)...

    Watercolour, View Created date: 1790–91

    In order to keep up with subscribers’ demands, and having exhausted his stock of notes and sketches for The Antiquities ...

  • 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...

  • Druidical Remain on Carn Brea Hill

    Watercolour Created date: about 1790-1839

    John Skinner was a troubled individual who sought solace in the pursuit of antiquarianism, linguistic research and diary...

  • 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...