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Illuminated pages - Arabic illuminated manuscript

Illuminated pages - Arabic illuminated manuscript

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Jibrîl (Gabriel) invites Hazrat Muhammad for his night journey (the Mi'râj).

Jibrîl (Gabriel) invites Hazrat Muhammad for his night journey (the Mi...

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Rustam slays Qulûn. - Persian manuscript
The baby Rustam in swaddling clothes is suckled by one of his ten wet nurses.
Rustam kills Alkûs. - Persian manuscript
Garshâsp hits a lion with his mace.
Rustam's First Feat: Rakhsh kills a lion while Rustam sleeps.

Rustam's First Feat: Rakhsh kills a lion while Rustam sleeps.

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

The birth of Rustam. - miniature, medieval manuscript

The birth of Rustam. - miniature, medieval manuscript

Life of the Prophet Muhammad written at the order of the Mamluk sultan al-Mansûr 'Alâ' al-Dîn 'Alî (d. 778/1376). The work was first illustrated during the reign of the Ottoman sultan Murâd III.

Reis effendi, ou ministre des affaires étrangères. [6]
Schema huius praemissae divisionis sphaerarum [page 5]
Karta Rossii Dzhenkinsona 1562g. Tekst str.10.
Karta Rossii Antoniia Vida ok.1537g. s ottiska, gravirovannago F.Gogenbergom v 1570g. Tekst str.4
Mu dan ting huan hun ji p. 10
1. - Porte des grands appartements; 2. - crochets des fenêtres des grands appartements; 3. - pilastre de la chapelle; 4. - lavabo de la sacristie.
Entrée des sieurs de Vroncourt, Tyllon et Mariment
Karta Ukrainy V.Boplana 1650g. Tekst str. 15
Pascaerte van Nova Hispania, Chili, Peru, en Gvatimala.
Composuit Zeuxes Iunonem e Quinque Puellis; Parrhasius Velo, Volucris Ceu Fallitur Uva.
A ground plott of Westminster Hall, shewing the position and dimensions of the severall tables, seats, cupboards, galleries &c on the day of their Majesties coronation. 23 Apr. 1685.
Gentlemen of the privy chamber, in number twenty seven; Judges, in number 9; the Lord chief justice of the Kings bench; the Lord chief Baron of the exchequer.
The Kingdome of Ireland devided into fower provinces…
[Theatrical hornpipe?]
Ertinger Franz - Armide
Ertinger Franz - Psyché
The Embassadors audience of leave of the Emperor.
Jean Baptiste Vanmour - La sultane asseki, ou sultane reine
Le moufti, ou chef de la loy
D'Engelze volkplanting in Virginie
Mr. Hardouin dansant à l'Opéra d'Yphigenie.
Carte du Canada ou de la Nouvelle France : et des découvertes qui y ont été faites dressée sur plusieurs observations et sur un grand nombre de relations imprimées ou manuscrites
Giovanni Battista Piranesi - Teatro di Marcello.
Joseph Hawley correspondence and documents
Habit of the ambassador from Persia to the Port. Ambassadeur de perse.
Document, Thomas Addis Emmet collection
André Jacob Roubo - Assemblages à trait de Jupiter et en flute.
André Jacob Roubo - Vue intérieure de la boutique d'un menuisier.
[Piramo e Tisbe]
Letter to Gen. [Sir William] Johnson
A map of Philadelphia and parts adjacent
The antiquities, natural history, ruins, and other curiosities of Egypt, Nubia and Thebes. Exemplified in near two hundred drawings taken on  the spot. By Frederic Lewis Norden.
Alexander Hamilton correspondence: Letter to Marquis de Barbé-Marbois
Lafayette, James Armistead [Facsimile of the Marquis de Lafayette's original certificate commending James Armistead Lafayette for his revolutionary war service with portrait after John B. Martin.]
Thomas Jefferson: Letter to unknown correspondent. Thomas Jefferson Papers
Estimate for expense of a steam ferry boat for one year, signed by Robert Fulton
Northern Hemisphere ; Southern Hemisphere.
Tatarskie narody: Shamanka v Krasnoiarskom uezde.
To the Honorable Thomas Penn and Richard Penn, Esquires, true and absolute proprietaries and Governors of the Province of Pennsylvania and the territories thereunto belonging and to the Honorable John Penn, Esquire, Lieutenant-Governor of the same, this map, of the Province of Pennsylvania is humbly dedicated by their most obedient servt. W. Scull
Majeure partie des Cantons de Bellinzona et de Lugano et les frontieres de la Republique Italienne.
Carte générale de l'atlas Suisse.
Certificate of William Rogers for one share in trust relative to the estate of Alexander Hamilton
[Ordnance Survey of England and Wales, old series, one inch to one mile map] [cartographic material].
The grasshopper and the ant.
The wolf and the lamb.
Erment [Armant] et environs (Hermonthis). 1-4. Bas-reliefs du temple d'Erment; 5-7. Vue, plan et détail d'un édifice bâti des débris du temple; 8.9. Plan général des ruines et d'un bassin antique; 10. Plan des restes d'un édifice à Tôd.
Erment [Armant] (Hermonthis). Plan, coupe et élévations du temple.
M. Azeglio.
The methods of carrying the Nobility and Comonality of Congo.
Mlle Marianna Venturini
Rope dancing - Marguerite Antoinette Lalanne Saqui
Western Hemisphere.
Freedom paper for Noah Powers.
Africans
A New improved map of the seat of war
Carte generale de l'Amerique divisee en ses principaux etats.
Marketplace scenes. People in groups holding baskets of fruit. People resting in a group. Women talking with baskets balanced on their heads.
A new map of Europe exhibiting its natural and political divisions drawn from the most recent materials
Ballroom dancing on British and American 19th-century music covers
Section of the tomb of Samethis [Seti I] in Thebes. Discovered and opened by G. Belzoni, 1818. [Plan and colored section of the tomb].
Laval dans le personnage d'un Fleuve
Pooh, ou Piioh [Khonsu] Hiéracocéphale. (Le Dieu-Lune a tête d'épervier.)
Le disque ailé et l'épervier, emblêmes de Thoth Trismégiste, ou le I-er Hermès.
Nef, Noub, Noum. (Cnèph, Cnouphis, Cnoubis, Chnoumis, Agathodaemon.)
Amon-ra [Amon]. (L'esprit des quatre éléments, l'ame du monde matériel.)
Nouvelle carte itinéraire de la France par départements et divisions militaires ...
View of the Hudson and the Catskill Mountains
Flore et Zéphire. Alli Ssti. Adelaide Mersy, e Giovanni Rousset per la lora beneficiata la sera del 19 Maggio 1828
Western states
Principal seats of the war of 1812-13-14
Bruce's harpers, Tomb of the Kings, Thebes.
Madlle Elsler [sic] & Mr. Gilbert, in The spirit of air.
Scene aus dem Kobold. Feenballet in zwei Abtheilungen und fünf Tableaux von Hrn. J. Perrot.
Coupe de la salle du tombeau de la Mosquée Hassan
Costume de Melle. Fanny Essler [sic], rôle de Lauretta dans La tarentule. Ballet. Académie Royale de Musique. Acte 1er, 1er costume.
Marie Taglioni als Sylphide
Parallèle des minarets des principales mosquées
Plan du moristan (hopital) de la mosquée et du tombeau de Qalaoun
Plan et coupe de la Mosquée Hassan
Two men displaying a piece of paper, upon which one has made some marks with a compass.
Lucile Grahn, i Sylphiden. [Lithograph] Em. Btz. fec.
Pantheon. Re, or Ra.
A señorita walking to church in the daytime.
Ordinary hieroclyphic & hieratic numbers.
Pantheon. Isis; Nepthys [Nephthys].
Sections to illustrate Sir G. Wilkinson's paper on the levels of Egypt.
El jaleo de Xeres or La gitana as danced by Fanny Elssler. Lith. of G. W. Lewis, 136 Nassau St.
Plan of Uxmal.
FMB an Rebecka Lejeune Dirichlet, 30 June 1843.
BREAKFAST MENU [held by] ASTOR HOUSE [at] LADIES' ORDINARY on Friday, August 25, 1843
Map of Yucatan.
Souvenirs de Fanny Cerrito, trois airs de danse pour le piano-forte. avec le violon ou le flûte ad libitum, dansé par Mll Cerrito pendant l'automne de l'année 1843 à Rome
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