Villagers in Campeche, Mexico, from William Dampier's A Collection of Voyages (1729)
The Library has started to put images from its special collections online. The special collections contain rare books and manuscripts from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries.
They include medieval scrolls and illuminated manuscripts, and first editions of printed books like De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (1543) by Copernicus and William Shakespeare’s First Folio of 1623.
The images that have just been put online include illustrations from James Cook's A voyage to the Pacific Ocean (1776-80), editions of Spenser's The Faerie Queene and the first publication of the Paston Letters.
This new section of the site will be added to periodically, so that you will be able to see more images from the Library's special collections.