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BRITISH LIBRARY

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The British Library's collections are unrivalled, comprising of over 18 million items from all continents of the world. The collections are extremely diverse, including maps, photographs, bookbinding, newspapers, maps and many other treasures of historical importance. The Picture Library is based at St. Pancras and holds a unique and constantly growing collection of superb images of international importance, including the Magna Carta and Lindisfarne Gospels, as well as religious art, social history and portraiture. The British Library's collections are unrivalled, comprising of over 18 million items from all continents of the world. The collections are extremely diverse, including maps, photographs, bookbinding, ...

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Head and shoulders of the kabuki actor Segawa Tomisaburo II as Yadorigi, wife of Ogishi Kurando), published in 1794 (colour woodblock print)
A domestic hen and cock and Japanese bunting on a bamboo shoot, c.1791 (colour woodblock print)
Tulip-Tree: Liriodendron tulipifera, from 'Birds of America', 1827
A monkey trainer performing at a nobleman's house, c.1788 (colour woodblock print)
The Courtesan Morokoshi of Echizan with child and attendant, c.1775 (colour woodblock print)
Azaleas and cuckoo, published by Eijudo, c.1830 (colour woodblock print)
Cotton Ms Nero D.IV, f.90 Preface to the Gospel of St. Mark, from the Lindisfarne Gospels, 710-721 (vellum)
Pluto (woodcut)
Cottage Industry, 1791 (engraving)
Netsuke showing Okame, Japanese, 19th century
St. James's, Spencer House, design for a Room, c.1760 by James Stuart (1713-88)
The Difficult Confession, 1787 (coloured engraving)