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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.

German court records, 1904

This document is 20th century german cursive script and includes court records of the german "Reichsgericht".

Death Registers - Simon Münich, 1847-1878

This document provides excerpts from parish registers in the Passau Diocese (19th century), which were recorded by priest Simon Münich from 1829 to 1866. Simon Münich served as priest in the parishes Roßbach (1829-1835), Karpfham (1835-1844), Pfarrkirchen (1844-1866). The original documents are held by the Passau Diocesan Archives and can be fully viewed on http://data.matricula-online.eu/de/deutschland/passau/

Cooking book (Sütterlin), 1926

This is an example of a very carefully written Sütterlin script from 1926. The place of writing is Styria in Austria. The writing closely resembles standard school script. This is a cooking book, therefore a lot of special words (mainly from Austrian cuisine) are included.

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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.