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  • Map
    The "Graphic" Statistical Maps of Ireland. This set of six statistical maps provides an economic and demographic overview of Ireland in the first half of the 1880s. Color coding is used to show population density, education, religion, agricultural production, wealth (measured by the value of taxed property), and poverty for each of the 32 counties. Small tables in the lower right of each map provide the same data in numerical...
    • Contributor: Bernard, William Leigh, 1845
    • Date: 1886
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Map
    The Province of Ulster Surveyed by Sir William Petty.
    The Province of Ulster Surveyed by Sir William Petty. Divided into its counties and the counties into their severall barronies, wherein are distinguished the archbishopricks, bishopricks, citys, places that return parliament men, also the roads and bridges
    This map of Ulster (present-day Northern Ireland), published in London in 1689, is based on the Down Survey of Ireland undertaken in 1656--58. As indicated in the subtitle, the map shows the counties and baronies of the province, archbishoprics, cities, roads and bridges, and the distribution of seats in parliament. Relief is shown pictorially. The map has two distance scales, Irish miles and English...
    • Contributor: Berry, William - Petty, William, Sir
    • Date: 1689
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Map
    The Kingdom of Ireland, Divided as Much into the Main Regions of Ulster, Connacht, Leinster and Munster.
    Hiberniæ Regnum Tam in præcipuas Ultoniæ, Connaciæ, Laceniæ et Momoniæ, Quam in Minores Earundem Provincias et Ditiones Divisum
    This hand-colored map of Ireland was published in 1715 by the firm of Nuremberg engraver and publisher Johann Baptist Homann (1663--1724). It is based on earlier works by Nicolaes Visscher (1649-1702), of the second of three generations of Visschers who were art dealers and map publishers in Amsterdam, and Sir William Petty (1623--87), the pioneering English political economist who directed the nationwide cadastral survey...
    • Contributor: Petty, William, Sir - Homann, Johann Baptist - Visscher, Nicolaes
    • Date: 1715
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Map
    The British Isles. This 1842 map of the British Isles was published "under the superintendence" of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, an organization founded in London in 1826 for the purpose of improving the educational level of the British working and middle classes. The map was engraved by J. & C. Walker, a London firm of engravers, draftsmen, and publishers that flourished in the...
    • Contributor: Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (Great Britain) - J. & C. Walker
    • Date: 1842
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Book/Printed Material
    The First Folio of Shakespeare.
    Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies. Published according to the True Originall Copies
    Printed in the large "folio" size, the First Folio is the first collected edition of the plays of William Shakespeare. It was put together after his death in 1616 by two fellow actors, John Heminge and Henry Condell, and was published in 1623. The book contains the complete text of 36 of Shakespeare's plays. The principal publishers were Edward Blount (1565--1632), a London bookseller...
    • Contributor: Jaggard, Isaac, 1627 - Droeshout, Martin, 1601 - Blount, Edward, Flourished - Shakespeare, William
    • Date: 1623
    • Resource: - 461 pages

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    World Chronicle with the Descent of the Kings of England from Adam and Eve to Richard III. This manuscript, produced in London around 1500, traces the genealogy of the kings of England from Adam and Eve to Richard III. The manuscript was made in the manner of William Caxton (circa 1422--92), the first English printer. Written in English, on vellum, the volume still has its original brown calf binding. Illustrations are mostly large compositions in pen and ink and include images...

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  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    England Plate 2nd. This unsigned wash drawing is presumed to be the original by William Hogarth (1697-1764) for the etched plate, The Invasion, Plate 2, England. Hogarth was a major English pictorial satirist and social critic. He was also one of the first artists to draw subjects in a series. One of his best-known works is the series The Rake's Progress, which shows the downfall of a...
    • Contributor: Hogarth, William
    • Date: 1756
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Britain Infantry Uniform Sketch (Rutland Militia?). This sketch is the 14th of 15 original unsigned pencil and ink drawings attributed to Philip James de Loutherbourg (1740-1812). De Loutherbourg, an English artist of French descent, painted many large scenes of English naval victories, including The Defeat of the Spanish Armada. This sketch includes drawings of a uniformed infantryman with a rifle, a head with a cap, and notes on uniform coloring....
    • Contributor: Loutherbourg, Philip James De
    • Date: 1778
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    British Artillerymen Pulling a Gun.
    British artillerymen pulling a gun
    This unfinished ink sketch by Benjamin West (1738-1820) shows British artillerymen from the Napoleonic Wars straining at a rope to drag a canon. The tenth child of a Pennsylvania innkeeper, West became one of the foremost artists of his day, despite having had very little formal education. In 1763, he moved to London, where he became a co-founder of the Royal Academy of Arts....
    • Contributor: West, Benjamin
    • Date: 1800
    • Resource: - 1 page
  • Book/Printed Material
    Letter: 1788, October 11, Dumfries to Robert Ainslie, Edinburgh. 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: 1788
    • Resource: - 2 pages

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  • Book/Printed Material
    Portion of a Letter. Holograph of Burns from the Thornhill Letter Book. 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: 1790
    • Resource: - 2 pages

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    Letter, 1786 Aug. 19, New Cumnock to Monsr. Thomas Campbell, Pencloe. 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: 1786
    • Resource: - 3 pages

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  • Book/Printed Material
    Letter, 1791, October, to My Dear Friend [Robert Cleghorn]. 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: 1791
    • Resource: - 3 pages

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  • Book/Printed Material
    Promissory Note to Mr. Alexr. Crombie, Mason in Dalswinton, Dated April 6th 1791, Dumfries. 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: 1791
    • Resource: - 2 pages

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    Letter, 1788, February 13, Brown Square, to Robert Burns, Mr. Cruikshank's, St. James Square. 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: Mackenzie, Henry
    • Date: 1788
    • Resource: - 2 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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    Kao gong ji yao
    考工记要
    Kao gong ji yao (Essentials on industrial technology) has no title page. The heading at the front of Juan 1 reads: "Kao gong ji yao, written by Matisheng of England; translated by Fu Lanya of England and Zhong Tianwei of Huating; edited by Wang Zhensheng of Liuhe." At the beginning is a preface written by the author in London, on June 1, 1881, which...
    • Contributor: Matheson, Ewing - Wang, Zhensheng - Fryer, John - Zhong, Tianwei - Zhao, Hong - Shen, Shanzheng
    • Date: 1881
  • Book/Printed Material
    Letter, 1789, August 24. 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: Blacklock, Thomas
    • Date: 1789
    • Resource: - 2 pages

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    Letter, 1792 Feb.?, Dumfries to John McMurdo, Drumlanrig. 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: 1792
    • Resource: - 2 pages

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    Address to the Unco Guid or the Rigidly Righteous. 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: 1789
    • Resource: - 7 pages

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    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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    Cosmography. Created in England in the late-12th century, this manuscript was intended to be a scientific textbook for monks. The manuscript is brief, at nine folios, and was designed as a compendium of cosmographical knowledge drawn from early Christian writers, such as Bede and Isidore, as well as the later Abbo of Fleury. Those writers, in turn, drew on classical sources, such as Pliny the...
    • Contributor: Abbo, of Fleury, Saint, Approximately 945 - Isidore, of Seville, Saint, Died 636 - Bede, the Venerable, Saint, 673-735
    • Date: 1190
    • Resource: - 30 pages

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    For the Fallen, and Other Poems. Robert Laurence Binyon (1869--1943) was a poet and art historian who spent his entire career at the British Museum, where he wrote studies of Dutch, British, and Asian art. He published his first poem at the age of 16 and continued to write poetry throughout his life. On September 21, 1914, shortly after the outbreak of World War I, Binyon published, in The Times...
    • Contributor: Binyon, Laurence
    • Date: 1917
    • Resource: - 44 pages

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    The Book of Taliesin.
    Llyfr Taliesin
    The Book of Taliesin contains a collection of some of the oldest poems in Welsh, many of them attributed to the poet Taliesin, who was active toward the end of the sixth century and sang the praises of Urien Rheged and his son Owain ab Urien. Other poems reflect the kind of learning with which the poet became associated, deriving partly from Latin texts...
    • Contributor: Taliesin, Around 534
    • Date: 1350
    • Resource: - 93 pages

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    The Black Book of Carmarthen.
    Llyfr du Caerfyddin
    The Black Book of Carmarthen (so called because of the color of its binding and its connection with the Priory of Saint John the Evangelist and Teulyddog, Carmarthen) is thought by modern scholars to be the work of a single scribe writing at different times before and about the year 1250. This makes it one of the earliest surviving manuscripts written solely in the...

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