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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Audubon's Birds of America

    Book Created date: 1827-38

    John James Audubon (1785 – 1851) was an ornithologist of the early 19th-century responsible for creating the largest and...

  • 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...

  • Broadside about 'a letter written by our Blessed S...

    Broadside, Ephemera, Illustration, Image

    Broadsheets were a common form of ‘mass media’ in the early 1800s: large single sheets of paper, sold cheaply in the str...

  • 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...

  • Churchyard epitaphs

    Book

    This collection of gravestone epitaphs and inscriptions is typical of the Victorians’ fascination with death. In an age ...

  • Circus poster: Living Lions at Astley's

    Advertisement, Ephemera, Poster, Illustration, Image

    This vivid poster for Astley’s Circus in Westminster demonstrates the typical range of circus entertainments on offer in...

  • Circus poster: Mazeppa!

    Advertisement, Ephemera, Poster, Illustration, Image

    Astley’s Circus was the brainchild of equestrian trainer and trick rider Philip Astley (1742-1814), hence the heavy reli...

  • Circus poster: Mr Van Amburgh's Living Lions!

    Advertisement, Ephemera, Poster, Illustration, Image

    This vivid poster for Astley’s Circus in Westminster demonstrates the typical range of circus entertainments on offer in...

  • Circus poster: Second Week of Van Amburgh's

    Advertisement, Ephemera, Poster, Illustration, Image

    This vivid poster for Astley’s Circus in Westminster demonstrates the typical range of circus entertainments on offer in...

  • Circus poster: The living lions

    Advertisement, Ephemera, Poster, Illustration, Image

    This vivid poster for Astley’s Circus in Westminster demonstrates the typical range of circus entertainments on offer in...

  • Circus poster: Van Amburgh, New Feats with the Ben...

    Advertisement, Ephemera, Poster, Illustration, Image

    This lively poster for Astley’s Circus in Westminster puts the emphasis on the circus’s new star performer, American ani...

  • 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...