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Aesop's fables

Aesop's Fables

Aesop is said to have lived about 620–560 BC and to have been a slave on the Greek Island of Samos, later freed by his master Iadmon. Aesop compiled fables, which may originally have been passed down through oral tradition. They were among the first illustrated printed books to be produced. The earliest known example was produced in Bamberg, Germany, in 1461.

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Oarsman's and Angler's Map of the River Thames

Oarsman's and Angler's Map of the River Thames

Oarsman's and Angler's Map of the River Thames, c.1893 This lovely folded cloth map with slip case starts with the River Thames from it's source to L…

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The Museum of Savage Beauty

The Museum of Savage Beauty interactive web feature explores the hidden stories and craftsmanship behind some of the most remarkable objects made by Alexander McQueen and his creative collaborators. Here the designer's iconic pieces are placed alongside historical objects from the V&A’s collections, which represent some of the many design traditions that inspired him.

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