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Easy Learning - "Mémoire", Greifswald, French

This is an "Easy Learning" document. It is a computer transcription of "Mémoire" in Greifswald script. "Mémoire" is a poem by Arthur Rimbaud.

Death Registers - Joseph Rottmayr, 1847-1878

This document provides excerpts from parish registers in the Passau Diocese (19th century), which were recorded by priest Joseph Rottmayr from 1830 to 1863. Joseph Rottmayr served as priest in the parishes Kapfham (1830-1831), Burghausen (1834-1840), Mehring (1840-1841), Haiming (1841-1863). The original documents are held by the Passau Diocesan Archives and can be fully viewed on http://data.matricula-online.eu/de/deutschland/passau/

Easy Learning - "The Old Man and the Sea", Sütterlin, English

This is an "Easy Learning" document. It is a computer transcription of "The Old Man and the Sea" in Sütterlin script. "The Old Man and the Sea" is a short novel written by the American author Ernest Hemingway in 1951 in Cuba, and published in 1952.

Easy Learning - "Don Quijote", Sütterlin, Spanish

This is an "Easy Learning" document. It is a computer transcription of "Don Quijote" in Sütterlin script. "Don Quijote" is a Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615, Don Quixote is the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon.

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Letters to the Government of Bengal, 1790

Copies of letters sent to the Government of Bengal by botanists, including Robert Kyd and Dr William Roxburgh, reporting on the cultivation of Mawah and Teak trees, the discovery of a new species of Indigo (Nerium tinctorium), and attempts to propagate the Cochineal insect in the Calcutta Nopalry garden. The letters are written in a large, consistent italic cursive. The writer often embellishes capital letters with flourishes, and uses ampersands (&). Contracted words are often indicated with superscript final letters.

Easy Learning - "Pride and Prejudice", 18th Century Kurrent, English

This is an "Easy Learning" document. It is a computer transcription of "Pride and Prejudice" in 18th Century Kurrent script. Pride and Prejudice is a romantic novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story charts the emotional development of the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet, who learns the error of making hasty judgments and comes to appreciate the difference between the superficial and the essential.

Easy Learning - "The Secret Adversary", Cöntgen Kanzley, English

This is an "Easy Learning" document. It is a computer transcription of "The Secret Adversary" in Cöntgen Kanzley script. "The Secret Adversary" is the second published detective fiction novel by British writer Agatha Christie, first published in January 1922 in the United Kingdom.

Easy Learning - "Erlkönig", Wiegel script, English

This is an "Easy Learning" document. It is a computer transcription of the "Erlkönig" in Wiegel script. "Erlkönig" is a ballad written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1782. This version has been translated and written by Edgar Alfred Bowringin 1853.