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  • A gift book for the Alexandra Orphanage

    Book, Illustration, Image

    The Alexandra Orphanage for Infants, London, was set up in 1864 as a home for children before they were old enough to at...

  • A working-class male marionette

    Object Created date: c.1870 - 1890

    Marionettes were regular fairground entertainment, and the infamous story of the murder of Maria Marten became a touring...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Bel Demonio and Fabian's Tower

    Book, Yellow back, Illustration, Image

    Ward & Lock closely followed Routledge as the most prolific publisher of yellowbacks, producing series such as the Run a...

  • Bengal Library Catalogue of Books, 1830-1870

    Printed Catalogue Created date: 1863-1870

    This catalogue was compiled and printed from 1863 by the Bengal Library under despatch of the Secretary of State. It rec...

  • 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...

  • Charles Dickens’s original designs for a reading d...

    Manuscript Created date: estimated 1850-70

    This is an original sketch by Charles Dickens for a reading desk, which was created for his famous reading tours. In the...

  • Christmas card with picture of tea leaves

    Card, Illustration, Image Created date: c. 19th century

    Sir Henry Cole devised the first Christmas card in 1843, but it wasn’t until the 1880s that festive cards were mass prod...

  • 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...

  • Drawing of Charles Dickens reading 'Sikes and Nanc...

    Illustration, Image Created date: 16 March 1870

    One of Charles Dickens’s most popular public readings was the sensational, chilling murder of Nancy by Bill Sikes, from ...

  • Extracts from the Tipitaka

    Paper folding book, Manuscript Created date: 19th century

    An 19th-century funeral or commemoration book. About the manuscript This Thai folding book (samut khoi) made from mul...

  • Front page of the Illustrated Police News, 25 June...

    Newspaper, Ephemera, Illustration, Image

    The Illustrated Police News was one of the earliest British tabloid-style newspapers. Revolving around garish reports a...

  • Jagannath Puri temple

    Cloth, Painting Created date: 19th century

    A superb example of the Odisha tradition of painting on cloth (patha chitra). What is depicted in it? This painting fea...