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  • Book/Printed Material
    London town This late Victorian book of children's poetry presents a bright and cheery view of London at the height of its imperial glory. Felix Leigh, who wrote the verses, was a prolific writer whose drawings and poems were featured for many years in the magazine Boy's Own Paper. The illustrations are by Thomas Crane and Ellen E. Houghton. Crane designed the ornamental pages and Houghton...
    • Contributor: Juvenile Collection (Library of Congress) - Marcus Ward & Co. - Houghton, Ellen Elizabeth - Crane, Thomas - Leigh, Felix
    • Date: 1883

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  • Map
    Smith's new map of London. "By 1800, the population of London had reached one million, making it the world's largest city. By the end of the 1900s, its population was approaching five million. The rapid growth of cities such as London created new challenges for mapmakers, including confused street names, the constant appearance of new streets and buildings, and the problem of aligning the trigonometric measurement of streets with...
    • Contributor: C. Smith & Son
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Panorama of London from Southwark, 1600.
    Civitas Londini
    This panoramic view of London from Southwark is from the collection of cityscapes and broadsheets that once belonged to the Swedish statesman Count Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie (1622-86). In the upper-left corner is the coat of arms of England; in the upper right is the coat of arms of the city of London. The inset in the lower-left corner shows a view of...
    • Contributor: Norden, John
    • Date: 1600
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Book/Printed Material
    Pisʹmo N.M.I︠A︡drint︠s︡eva V.I.Semidalovu v Moskvu.
    Письмо Н.М.Ядринцева В.И.Семидалову в Москву.
    This collection consists of diverse materials belonging to Grigorii Nikolaevich Potanin (1835-1920) and Nikolai Mikhailovich Iadrintsev (1842-94), two prominent Siberian scholars, social and political activists, and leaders of the regional-studies movement. The materials include their correspondence with friends and social activists (eighty-five items), photographs from N. G. Potanin's expedition to Mongolia in 1899 (seventeen items), and photographs from the journal of Nina Aleksandrovna Adrianova,...
    • Contributor: I︠a︡drint︠s︡ev, N. M. (Nikolaĭ Mikhaĭlovich)
    • Date: 1893
    • Resource: - 2 pages

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  • Book/Printed Material
    Pisʹmo N.M.I︠A︡drint︠s︡eva V.I.Semidalovu v Moskvu.
    Письмо Н.М.Ядринцева В.И.Семидалову в Москву.
    This collection consists of diverse materials belonging to Grigorii Nikolaevich Potanin (1835-1920) and Nikolai Mikhailovich Iadrintsev (1842-94), two prominent Siberian scholars, social and political activists, and leaders of the regional-studies movement. The materials include their correspondence with friends and social activists (eighty-five items), photographs from N. G. Potanin's expedition to Mongolia in 1899 (seventeen items), and photographs from the journal of Nina Aleksandrovna Adrianova,...
    • Contributor: I︠a︡drint︠s︡ev, N. M. (Nikolaĭ Mikhaĭlovich)
    • Date: 1893
    • Resource: - 4 pages

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  • Book/Printed Material
    Bill of Sale from Henry Walker to William Shakespeare, 1613.
    Bargain and sale from henry walker, citizen and minstrel of london, to william shakespeare of stratford-upon-avon, gent., and to his trustees, william johnson, citizen and vintner of london, john jackson, and john hemmyng of london, gents., 1612/13 march 10
    This deed of bargain and sale, dated March 10, 1613, records William Shakespeare's purchase of a gatehouse in the Blackfriars district of London, from Henry Walker, citizen and minstrel of London. Shakespeare paid £80 of the £140 selling price up front, and on the day after the conveyance he mortgaged the remaining £60 back to Walker. William Johnson, citizen and vintner of London, and...
    • Contributor: Jackson, John, 1625 - Walker, Henry, 1616 - Shakespeare, William - Heminge, John - Johnson, William, Born 1574
    • Date: 1613
    • Resource: - 2 pages

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  • Map
    Africa : corrected from the observations of the Royal Society at London and Paris. "John Senex (circa 1678-1740) was an English surveyor, engraver, bookseller, and publisher of maps and atlases. He served as geographer to Queen Anne (1665-1714), the first sovereign (from 1707 to 1714) of the United Kingdom, formed by the 1707 union of England and Scotland. Senex was elected to the Royal Society in 1728. He borrowed liberally from other mapmakers, notably the great French cartographer...
    • Contributor: Senex, John
    • Date: 1725
  • Book/Printed Material
    A Garland of New Songs: Bess the Gawkie; Blythe Was She; Yorkshireman in London; Pray Goody. Robert Burns (1759-96) is best known for his poems and songs that reflect Scotland's cultural heritage. He was born in Alloway, Ayrshire, Scotland, the first of seven children belonging to William Burnes, a tenant farmer, and his wife Agnes Broun. Burns had little formal education, but he read English literature and absorbed the traditional, largely oral Scots-language folk songs and tales of his rural...
    • Contributor: Burns, Robert
    • Date: 1820
    • Resource: - 8 pages

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  • Book/Printed Material
    Europe, a prophecy. The English poet, illustrator, and engraver William Blake (1757-1827) first published Europe, A Prophecy in 1794, one year after the appearance of his America, A Prophecy. In both books, Blake attempted to discern the pattern behind human history, and in particular in the momentous events occurring on both sides of Atlantic between the end of the American Revolution in 1783 and the outbreak of...
    • Contributor: Blake, William - Newton, A. Edward (Alfred Edward) - Gaisford, Thomas - Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress) - Bedford, Francis
    • Date: 1794

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  • Book/Printed Material
    The book of Urizen. The poet and artist William Blake was born in London in 1757. He was apprenticed to an engraver and studied drawing at the Royal Academy. In 1783 he published his first book of poetry, Poetical Sketches. Blake was a religious mystic who eschewed the traditional teaching of the Christian churches to invent his own doctrines and symbols, which he drew from classical and Celtic...
    • Contributor: Blake, William - White, William Augustus - Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress) - Crewe, Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes
    • Date: 1815

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  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    A Woman Dropping Her Tea-cup in Horror upon Discovering the Monstrous Contents of a Magnified Drop of Thames Water Revealing the Impurity of London Drinking Water.
    A woman dropping her tea-cup in horror upon discovering the monstrous contents of a magnified drop of Thames water revealing the impurity of London drinking water
    This 1828 caricature shows a woman looking into a microscope to observe the monsters swimming in a drop of London water. In the 1820s, much of London's drinking water came from the Thames River, which was heavily polluted by the city sewers that emptied into it. A Commission on the London Water Supply that was appointed to investigate this situation issued a report in...
    • Contributor: Heath, William
    • Date: 1828
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Map
    West India Islands and the Approaches to the Panama Canal.
    West India Islands, & the Approaches to the Panama Canal
    This large folding map, issued by the London Geographical Institute during World War I, shows the islands of the Caribbean Sea and the approaches to the Panama Canal. The canal had opened to traffic in early 1914, shortly before the outbreak of the war. Protection of the canal against possible sabotage by Germany was a concern of U.S. military planners in World War I...
    • Contributor: London Geographical Institute
    • Date: 1915
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Chleny komissii ėkspertov v Tikhon'koĭ. Stoi︠a︡t (sleva napravo): 1) professor Gerris (Harris), rektor universiteta shtata I︠U︡ta, 2) Braun. Sidi︠a︡t (sleva napravo): Talmi, professor Kunt︠s︡, London.
    Члены комиссии экспертов в Тихонькой. Стоят (слева направо): 1) профессор Геррис (Harris), ректор университета штата Юта, 2) Браун. Сидят (слева направо): Талми, профессор Кунц, Лондон.
    In the early part of the Stalin era, the Kremlin established a new administrative territory in the Soviet Far East--the Jewish Autonomous Region--to serve as a Jewish homeland. The capital of the region was the city of Birobidzhan. This album includes 274 photographs of the early years of Birobidzhan, beginning in the late 1920s. World Digital Library.
  • Book/Printed Material
    Cruel Tyrant Love.
    Crudel tiranno Amor
    This previously unknown version of the solo cantata, Crudel tiranno Amor (Cruel tyrant Love) by George Friedrich Handel (1685--1759), resurfaced in a newly discovered, complete autograph score among the many posthumous estates housed in the Music Department of the Bavarian State Library. It was found in a miscellany of 18 manuscripts formerly owned by the well-known cultural historian, musicographer, and novelist Wilhelm Heinrich von...
    • Contributor: Händel, George Frideric
    • Date: 1738
    • Resource: - 12 pages

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  • Book/Printed Material
    Boke of the fayt of armes and of chyualrye.
    Fayt of armes and of chyualrye
    This book on the proper mode of conduct for a knight was written in French in around 1410 by Christine de Pisan, Europe's first prolific and respected female author. It was translated into English and printed by William Caxton (1422?-91) in 1489 at the behest of Henry VII, who wished to make it available to English soldiers. The book contained not only rules of...
    • Contributor: Caxton, William - Bonet, Honoré - Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress) - Holford, George Lindsay - Christine
    • Date: 1489

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  • Periodical
    Daily Sketch. The Daily Sketch was a British tabloid newspaper, established in Manchester in 1909 by Sir Edward Hulton (1869--1925), one of the leading newspaper proprietors of his era. Hulton soon moved the paper to London, where it competed with the other leading British tabloid, the Daily Mirror. Like his father Edward Hulton (died 1904), Hulton was an astute entrepreneur who regarded newspaper publishing as primarily...
    • Contributor: Robinson, William Sugden
    • Date: 1915
  • Book/Printed Material
    The retention of Candahar. The Retention of Candahar, published in London in 1881, is typical of the many pamphlets produced in Great Britain as the British Parliament and public debated policy toward Afghanistan in the wake of the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-80). The war began in November 1878 when the British sent an Anglo-Indian force into Afghanistan with the aim of replacing the Afghan amir, Sher Ali Khan,...
    • Contributor: Derby, Edward Henry Stanley - Liberal Central Association, London
    • Date: 1881
    • Resource: - 16 pages

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  • Book/Printed Material
    Soudan and Afghanistan. The vote of credit. William Ewart Gladstone (1809-98) was four times Liberal prime minister of Great Britain (1868-74, 1880-85, 1886, 1892-94). One of the major political figures of the Victorian era, he served in the Colonial Office and was three times chancellor of the Exchequer, including during the first two years of his second government. Soudan and Afghanistan. The Vote of Credit is a pamphlet containing the text...
    • Contributor: Gladstone, W. E. (William Ewart) - Liberal Central Association, London
    • Date: 1885
    • Resource: - 16 pages

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  • Book/Printed Material
    A new, authentic, and complete collection of voyages round the world : undertaken and performed by royal authority : containing a new, authentic, entertaining, instructive, full, and complete historical account of Captain ... This compilation of British navigators' accounts of their voyages around the world covers the famous voyages of Sir Francis Drake and Captain James Cook, as well as expeditions by George Anson, John Byron, Samuel Wallis and Philip Carteret, and Constantine Phipps (Lord Mulgrave). In 1740-44, Anson led a three-year-and-nine-month mission that raided Spanish commerce off the coast of Peru before returning to England via...
    • Contributor: Jay I. Kislak Collection (Library of Congress) - Anderson, George William
    • Date: 1786

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  • Book/Printed Material
    An historical survey of the French colony in the island of St. Domingo : comprehending a short account of its ancient government, political state, population, productions, and exports : a narrative of ... In August 1791, slaves in the French colony of Saint-Domingue staged a massive revolt, setting in train the chain of events that ultimately led to the founding of Haiti in 1804. In February 1793, war broke out between Britain and France. In September 1793, British troops landed on Saint-Domingue, intent on restoring order, seizing the colony for Britain, and reinstating slavery. This work by...
    • Contributor: Edwards, Bryan - Jay I. Kislak Collection (Library of Congress) - Stockdale, John - Pre- Imprint Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Date: 1797

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  • Periodical
    Feminine Elegance: fortnightly fashion review.
    Eleganze femminili:
    Eleganze femminili: rivista quindicinale di mode (Feminine elegance: fortnightly fashion review) was an Italian fashion magazine, published from January to May 1911, which was sold by subscription in Italy and abroad. In addition to presenting the latest fashions by the most famous designers in Paris, London, and Vienna, Eleganze femminili reported on social occasions in high society and included articles on etiquette, women's interests,...
    • Date: 1911
  • Book/Printed Material
    Thousand and One Nights. Now First Completely Done into English Prose and Verse. Shown here is the nine-volume edition of Alf laylah wa-laylah (Thousand and one nights), known in the West as the Arabian Nights, translated by British poet John Payne (1842-1916) and privately published by the Villon Society in London in 1882-84. The tales that form the Arabian Nights have their roots many centuries ago in oral storytelling, mystical stories, and folk tales from Persia, Baghdad,...
    • Contributor: Villon Society (London, England) - Payne, John - Macnaghten, W. H. (William Hay), Sir
    • Date: 1882
  • Periodical
    Handbooks prepared under the direction of the Historical section of the Foreign office, no. 1[-162] ... In preparation for the peace conference that was expected to follow World War I, in the spring of 1917 the British Foreign Office established a special section responsible for preparing background information for use by British delegates to the conference. Schemes for Maintaining General Peace is Number 160 in a series of more than 160 studies produced by the section, most of which were...
    • Contributor: Prothero, G. W. (George Walter) - Prothero, George Walter - Great Britain. Foreign Office. Historical Section
    • Date: 1920
    • Resource: - 86 pages

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  • Book/Printed Material
    Huan you di qiu xin lu
    環遊地球新錄
    To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia, in 1876 the United States held a Centennial Exhibition in the same city. The Foreign Office of the late Qing court authorized the Commercial Tax Office for the Western Countries to arrange the Chinese display at the exposition. Li Gui (1842--1903), a secretary at the Customs Office, was dispatched...
    • Contributor: LI, Gui
    • Date: 1878
  • Book/Printed Material
    To the Desert and Back; or, Travels in Spain, the Barbary States, Italy, etc., in 1875--6.
    To the desert and back, or, Travels in Spain, the Barbary States, Italy, etc., in 1875-6
    To the Desert and Back is an account by Zouch Horace Turton, a Victorian-era traveler who in 1875--76 embarked on a journey that took him from London to France, Spain, the Barbary States (the coastal regions of present-day Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya), Sicily, Italy, France, and back to London. The journey lasted 283 days. Combining sea and rail travel, Turton made brief stops...
    • Contributor: Turton, Zouch H.
    • Date: 1876
    • Resource: - 153 pages

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