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  • A new and correct plan of the city of Bath

    Map, Etching, Engraving

    This King’s Topographical Collection plan shows the city of Bath, England’s premier 18th-century ‘spa’. The fashionable ...

  • A topographical map of the county of Wilts

    Map, Etching, Engraving, Hand colouring

    John Andrews’ map of Wiltshire in 18 sheets was first published in 1773 with a dedication to the local nobility and gent...

  • A View of the Bridge under Langdale Pikes, Westmor...

    Watercolour, View Created date: 1800-23

    The artist William Green produced topographical views of the Lake District both as a teaching resource that could be cop...

  • Album of Baha’i calligraphy

    Manuscript Created date: early 19th – early 20th century

    An album of Baha’i calligraphy including childhood calligraphic exercises by Baha’u’llah and tablets by Baha’u’llah copi...

  • Album of images of Hindu deities

    Manuscript, Drawing, Watercolour, Illustration Created date: early 19th century

    This album is one of two volumes that contain botanical paintings, intricate line drawings and vibrant watercolours of H...

  • An Illustration of the Monastic History of St. Edm...

    Book

    Richard Yates was a clergyman, antiquary and native of Bury St Edmunds. His father had served as custodian of Bury’s Abb...

  • An internal view of the Tintern Abbey

    Pen and ink, Watercolour, View Created date: c.1800-1810

    A single drawing from George III’s King's Topographical Collection can be used to illustrate how research and exposure c...

  • Banarasa-vilasa, Jain religious poetry

    Manuscript Created date: 19th century

    An anthology of Jain Digambara religious poetry. What is the manuscript? The Banārasī-vilāsa is a collection of philoso...

  • Buddhist texts and Ten Birth Tales

    Paper folding book, Manuscript Created date: 1800-1870

    The image shows a scene with horses and deer from Buddha’s last birth tale, Vessantara Jātaka, showing Prince Vessantara...

  • Burton Lazars, N.W.

    Engraving, View

    This view of St James’ Church at Burton Lazars, Leicestershire, was one of the illustrations for John Nichols’ The Histo...

  • Coleridge's annotated copy of Shakespeare

    Book, Manuscript annotation Created date: early 19th century [Coleridge's manuscript notes]

    This remarkable copy of The Dramatic Works of Shakespeare contains extensive manuscript notes by the poet and critic Sam...

  • Coleridge's notes on Measure for Measure

    Book, Duodecimo, Engraving, Illustration, Image, Manuscript annotation Created date: early 19th century [Coleridge's manuscript notes]

    The poet and literary critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) regarded Measure for Measure as ‘the most painful’ or ‘...

  • Collection of rules for Buddhist monks

    Manuscript Created date: 19th century

    This palm leaf manuscript contains Bhikkhu Patimokkha and Bhikkhuni Patimokkha (rules to be obeyed in communities of mon...

  • Coloured illustrations of Buddhist heavens and hel...

    Manuscript, Illuminated manuscript, Image Created date: 19th century

    A folding book manuscript in 59 folds made in Upper Burma. It has tooled leather covers with paper labels dated Manadala...

  • 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...