Click here to skip to content

Remarkable manuscripts

Choose an item to start finding out about these fascinating manuscripts from around the world.

Leonardo’s notebook

Sketches and notes by the Renaissance genius

Coronation Book of Charles V

Sumptuously illustrated 'royal documentary'

Roman de la Rose

Finest example of courtly love bestseller

Dara Shikoh album

Moghul paintings and calligraphy collected by Shah Jahan's son

Ten Birth Tales of the Buddha

Scenes from the lives of the Buddha

Sultan Mahmud’s letter

Stunning calligraphy, exquisite illumination

Story of Selarasa

The finest illustrated Javanese manuscript

Memoirs of Babur

Personal journal of the founder of the Mughal dynasty

The Four Gospels in Armenian

Superb sacred text from the earliest Christian country

Elsewhere on our websites


Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

By using this site, you agree we can set and use cookies. For more details of these cookies and how to disable them, see our cookie policy.