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  • 'A Chapter on Dreams' by Robert Louis Stevenson

    Periodical

    Written by Robert Louis Stevenson, 'A Chapter on Dreams' refers to several themes that can be found in his novel Strange...

  • A Ketubah from India

    Manuscript, Ketubah, marriage contract Created date: 1888

    A Ketubbah is a marriage contract traditionally given to a Jewish bride on her wedding day. It specifies the husband's f...

  • 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...

  • Advertisement for Hutchins' Infallible Corn Remedy

    Advertisement, Ephemera, Illustration, Image

    This lively advertisement takes the form of a reward notice (‘ONE HUNDRED POUNDS REWARD.’), but on closer inspection it ...

  • 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...

  • Anonymous letter to City of London Police about Ja...

    Manuscript, Letter, Ephemera Created date: 5 October 1888

    In autumn 1888, five women in east London slums died at the hands of an unknown man. The murderer became known as ‘Jack ...

  • Baha’i ‘Revelation’ Writing

    Manuscript Created date: late 19th century

    A collection of ‘revelation writing’, made under the direction of Baha’u’llah. What is ‘revelation writing’? As Baha’u’...

  • 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...

  • 'Blind-man's buff' from Punch

    Periodical, Illustration, Image

    This famous illustration by John Tenniel shows a policeman wearing a blindfold that also covers his ears and nose, flail...

  • 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...

  • Depiction of a procession during the Buddhist Thad...

    Manuscript, Paper folding book Created date: 19th century

    A 19th-century Burmese folding book manuscript. What does it show? This manuscript contains images of eight festivals in...

  • Edward Blyden, Christianity, Islam and the Negro r...

    Printed Book Created date: 1888

    This is one of the major works of Edward Wilmot Blyden (1832–1912), a pioneer of Pan-Africanist ideas – that people of A...

  • 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...