- From the Stacks: Highlights of the National Library
From the Stacks: Highlights of the National Library
The exhibition From the Stacks: Highlights of the National Library provides us with a fascinating glimpse into early Singapore through rare documents and publications. Here is a selection of artefacts on display in the exhibition.
Chrita da-hulu-kala pasal Kou Chey Thian man-gawal-kan Tong Thye Chu pergi di negri Seh Thian C'hu Keng. Kitab ka-satu [Wu, Cheng'en] (1911)
Cerita ini mengisahkan tentang perjalanan yang memakan masa enam belas tahun dari negeri China ke India, oleh seorang sami Buddha dan empat binatang sebagai pengawalnya. Tujuan perjalanan mereka adalah untuk mencari kitab suci agama Buddha. Mereka mengalami beberapa rintangan dan halangan sepanjang perjalanan mereka. Buku pertama ini berakhir dengan kisah Chin Kun yang cuba menangkap Kou Chey Thian. Mereka beradu ilmu serta menjelma sebagai beberapa jenis binatang.
A dictionary, English and Malayo, Malayo and English, to which is added some short grammar rules & directions ... Bowrey, Thomas, ca. 1650-1713 (1701)
An early 18th century English-Malay, and Malay-English dictionary, including the author's explanatory notes relating to grammar rules for the Malay language, letters, dialogues, computation of time, as well as the Arabic and Malay alphabet.
A dictionary of the Malayan language, in two parts, Malayan and English, and, English and Malayan Marsden, William, 1754-1836 (1812)
A dictionary intended for use by Europeans to master the Malay language. It consists of two parts. Part one has Malay words written in Jawi with romanisation of the pronunciation and meanings in English. Arrangement is alphabetically by the romanised spelling of the sound of the words. Examples of phrases and sentences are included to clarify meanings. Part two is an alphabetical list of English words with equivalent meanings in Malay (Jawi script) and romanised spelling of the sound of the word...
Formation of the Singapore Institution, A.D. 1823 (1823)
A collection of minutes and documents on the establishment of the Singapore Institution. Sir Stamford Raffles convened the first meeting for the purpose of having for its object of the cultivation of the languages of China, Siam, and the Malayan Archipelago ; and the improvement of the moral and intellectual condition of the inhabitants of those countries.
Fotoalbum Singapur Lambert, G. R. (1890)
This is a collection of 65 photographs taken in Singapore during the 19th century. They depict the lifestyle, transportation and scenes in Singapore during that time. Included are portraits of different ethnic groups; different occupations like rickshaw puller, postman, Chinese doctor, hawker, coolies; different types of transportation like rickshaw, horse-drawn carriage; and Singapore scenes like the Singapore Harbour, Singapore River, Botanical Gardens, and the statue of Sir Stamford Raffles.
A grammar of the Malayan language, with an introduction and praxis Marsden, William, 1754-1836 (1812)
A comprehensive grammar book on the Malay language written in 1812. Included in the book is a long introduction by the author, William Marsden, providing background information on the Malayan language which prevails throughout an extensive portion of the East Indies, covering the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo to as far as the Moluccas and the Philippines. The appendix of the book contains extracts of texts of Malayan language scripts of letters and literary works, together with English transl...