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  • A Curious Herbal - dandelion

    Book

    Elizabeth Blackwell’s beautiful illustrations of medicinal plants would be notable enough in their own right, but the un...

  • Audubon's Birds of America

    Book

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

  • Broadside on mortality

    Broadside, Ephemera, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    The Map of Mortalitie (1604) is a broadside combining verses, symbols and cryptic diagrams, all centred on a skull or ‘d...

  • Certain Sermons or Homilies Appointed to be Read i...

    Book, Quarto

    Certain Sermons or Homilies Appointed to be Read in Churches (1547–71) comprises two volumes of religious sermons or hom...

  • Collectanea satis copiosa

    Illuminated manuscript

    For about two years, a team of scholars and royal agents gathered together and studied manuscripts that would provide ev...

  • Descriptions of Wittenberg and Padua, 1600

    Book, Quarto

    Samuel Lewkenor’s Discourse … of forraine Citties (1600) is a handbook for armchair travellers who wish to know d...

  • Edward VI’s diary

    Manuscript, Diary

    Edward VI reveals here that he and his sister Elizabeth (later to be Queen Elizabeth I) learnt of their father King Henr...

  • Elizabeth I’s 1559 speech on her marriage, in Anna...

    Book, Quarto, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    This book is the first English translation of historian William Camden’s account of the reign of Elizabeth I, which was ...

  • Engraved view of London by C J Visscher showing t...

    Map, Illustration

    This panorama of London, dated 1616, is an engraving by Claes Visscher (1586–1652), and one of the best views of London ...

  • Geoffrey of Monmouth's account of King Lear in His...

    Manuscript

    Geoffrey of Monmouth (c. 1100–1154) was a scholar and probably also a monk, educated in Monmouth and living in Oxford. H...

  • Gunpowder Plot medal

    Coin, Medal, Image

    This silver medal was struck in Holland in 1605 to commemorate the discovery of the Gunpowder Plot in England and the ex...

  • Gutenberg Bible

    Book

    Johann Gutenberg’s Bible is probably the most famous Bible in the world. It is the earliest full-scale work printed in E...

  • Henry VI, Part 3

    Book, Duodecimo, Playscript, Engraving, Illustration, Image

    Henry VI, Part 3 (often abbreviated to 3 Henry VI) was written around 1591 and is the third in a series of four history...

  • Holinshed's Chronicles, 1577

    Book, Folio, Woodcut, Illustration, Image

    Holinshed’s Chronicles (1577) – often referred to as just ‘Holinshed’ – is a large collaborative work describing England...

  • Hortus Eystettensis

    Book

    In 1611, Johann Konrad von Gemmingen, Prince Bishop of Eichstätt in Germany, determined to record for posterity the spec...