Serat Rama Keling, a modern Javanese version of the Ramayana, illuminated manuscript dated 1814.  British Library.

Serat Rama Keling, a modern Javanese version of the Ramayana, illuminated manuscript dated 1814. British Library.

GUILLAUME DE LORRIS AND JEAN DE MEUN, TWO LEAVES FROM THE ROMAN DE LA ROSE, IN FRENCH VERSE, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [PARIS, FIRST QUARTER 15TH CENTURY].

GUILLAUME DE LORRIS AND JEAN DE MEUN, TWO LEAVES FROM THE ROMAN DE LA ROSE, IN FRENCH VERSE, ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM [PARIS, FIRST QUARTER 15TH CENTURY].

[Manuscript Letter from W. H. Fox Talbot to Antonio Bertoloni] William Henry Fox Talbot (British, 1800–1877) Correspondent: Antonio Bertoloni (Italian, 1775–1869) Date: 1839 Medium: Ink on paper (manuscript)

[Manuscript Letter from W. H. Fox Talbot to Antonio Bertoloni] William Henry Fox Talbot (British, 1800–1877) Correspondent: Antonio Bertoloni (Italian, 1775–1869) Date: 1839 Medium: Ink on paper (manuscript)

Lewis Carroll's original manuscript for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland , from 1864.

One of the most beautiful items in the collection is Lewis Carroll's original manuscript for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, from 1864.

Songs of Innocence: Title Page  William Blake  (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Songs of Innocence: Title Page William Blake (British, London 1757–1827 London)

Palmleaf Manuscript: Woven palm leaves folded into a concertina structure.

Palmleaf Manuscript: Woven palm leaves folded into a concertina structure.

De architectura Written by Marcus Pollio Vitruvius (Roman, 1st century B.C.) Draftsman: Inscribed by Anonymous, British, 15th century Date: 1400–1450

De architectura Written by Marcus Pollio Vitruvius (Roman, 1st century B.C.) Draftsman: Inscribed by Anonymous, British, 15th century Date: 1400–1450

Letter Written by James Oldham (British, active late 18th century) Dedicatee: Dedicated to W. P. Alcourt Esq. (British, 18th century) Date: December 26, 1786

Letter Written by James Oldham (British, active late 18th century) Dedicatee: Dedicated to W. P. Alcourt Esq. (British, 18th century) Date: December 26, 1786

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