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Abraham Ortelius, Abraham Ortelius his epitome of the theatre of the worlde, 1603 - binding

A binder's ornament on a book contemporary with Shakespeare. The sturdy, leather binding on this copy of Ortelius' small atlas is the original which was probably created for the book’s first ...

Abraham Ortelius, Abraham Ortelius his epitome of the theatre of the worlde, 1603 - binding view.

Binding for everyday use in Shakespeare's time. Elizabethan books were usually sold unbound, the price being set by a Stationers' Company ordinance, or regulation, of 1586 at 1d. [one old penny] per ...

Bible. English. The Bible translated, 1576 (Geneva version) - binding view

A family Bible from Shakespeare's time, in a repaired later binding. Many of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, especially devout Protestants would have owned a so-called ‘Geneva’ edition ...

Church of England, Booke of Common Prayer, 1596 - binding view

A much-used book, possibly owned by Shakespeare. This prayer book, whose dimensions are only three by four inches [9 x 12 cm], is much battered by heavy use from previous owners. The spine leather ...

Church of England, Booke of Common Prayer, 1596 - Colophon (printer's imprint), title page of Psalms.

Shakespeare’s own prayer-book. This little prayer-book which may have belonged to William Shakespeare, as several signatures in parts of the text indicate, was printed by the Queen’s printer, ...

Engraved portrait of Charles Bray

Engraved portrait of Charles Bray, aged 72, by H. Adlard from a photograph. George Eliot (born Mary Ann Evans) was a local authoress based in the Coventry and Nuneaton district, from 1819-1880. Full ...

Felicitous Quotations

This page from Punch contains 'Feliciticous Quotations', a cartoon by George Louis Palmella Du Maurier. The original drawing is also in the collection of Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum. Punch magazine ...

Gasparo Contarini, The commonwealth and government of Venice, 1599 - binding

A hard-wearing vellum binding of Shakespeare's time. This volume is in its original binding of flexible vellum, with a hand-sewn spine. Vellum (a kind of leather from very young, still-born, or foetal ...

Gasparo Contarini, The commonwealth and government of Venice, 1599 - printer's ornament, p. 98, N4v.

A woodcut as decoration. Woodcuts used to ornament Elizabethan texts were frequently ornate and often symbolic of ideas contained within the text with which they are associated. The cherubs with lute ...

Gasparo Contarini, The commonwealth and government of Venice, 1599 - title page.

A handbook on Venice for Shakespeare's contemporaries. In 1599 Sir Lewis Lewkenor translated from the Italian Gaspar Contarini’s Della Republica et Magistrati de Venetia. This was the first book ...

Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, 1602 - binding in fine leather

A ‘morocco’ binding chosen by a ‘collector’. The scarlet goatskin and gold tooling of this binding, created by Francis Bedford, was finished in the late nineteenth-century ...

Geoffrey Chaucer, Workes, 1602 - title page, p.a1r

A Shakespeare source in England’s mediaeval poetry. Geoffrey Chaucer’s works, written in the time of Richard II, at the end of the 13th century, were known and admired by Elizabethan contemporaries ...

George Eliot, Adam Bede decorative binding.

Illustrated edition by Gordon Browne. Publisher unknown. Printed by W and R Chambers Ltd London and Edinburgh. George Eliot (born Mary Ann Evans) was a local authoress based in the Coventry and Nuneaton ...

George Eliot, Agatha, 1st Edition - title page

This poem was written after a visit to a peasant's cottage in Germany with Lewes. George Eliot (born Mary Ann Evans) was a local authoress based in the Coventry and Nuneaton district, from 1819-1880. Full ...

George Eliot, Brother and Sister, 1st Edition - title page

These poems draw on her relationship with her brother Isaac and their childhood growing up in Nuneaton. George Eliot (born Mary Ann Evans) was a local authoress based in the Coventry and Nuneaton ...

George Eliot, Impressions of Theophrastus Such..., - portrait

George Eliots' portrait and title page of 'Impressions of Theophrastus Such'. The watercolour drawing by Caroline Bray, (1814-1905) dates to around 1842. The original is in the collections of the National ...

George Eliot, Impressions of Theophrastus Such..., 1st Edition - title page

George Eliot finished the manuscript in 1878 but it wasn't published until 1879, as she wanted to leave a respectful time between Lewes' death and it's publication. This was her last work before she died. George ...

Giambattista Geraldi Cinthio, Hecatommithi, 1580 - p.252, of vol 1: colophon

A printer's details on an Italian Shakespeare sourcebook. The 'colophon', or printer’s note was often placed on the final page of a book on its completion. This, at the end of Hecatommithi, part ...