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Begin your research with Early Drawings and Illuminations in the British Museum, W. de

By G. Birch and H. Jenner


· Try to find the appropriate subject heading · If a specific subject heading is not given, try referring to a more general heading e.g. if there is no entry under 'Tables ' try 'Furniture' ; for marriages, look under 'Ecclesiastical Ceremonies'. Note that: · References to manuscripts acquired since the book was published have been added by hand to the Reading Room copy. · The names of people, especially sovereigns, are included. · There is a useful index to subject headings at the back of the volume on pp. 305 310. The black and white photographs which have been made of the illuminations indexed in Birch and Jenner's book are mounted in albums which are placed on the open shelves of the Manuscripts Reading Room. To find the album book and page number, in which the photograph can be found, you need to find the white card, in the photographic card index, for the manuscript listed in Birch and Jenner. The cards are arranged first by collection name, then by manuscript number, then by folio number. Note that in some cases an entire folio has been photographed and in other cases a detail only ; this is indicated on the cards. Users will find that the collection name is frequently omitted or abbreviated in Birch and Jenner, as follows: · 'Slo. ' = the Sloane collection (which comes first in the card index, but after this the collections are arranged alphabetically) · Four or five digit numbers with no prefix indicates the Additional collection (which follows Sloane in the card index) · 'Ar. ' = the Arundel collection · 'Burn. ' = the Burney collection · The abbreviated name of a Roman emperor indicates the Cotton collection: o 'Aug ' = Augustus o 'Cal ' = Caligul

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