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    Title:
    The Empire of Japan with part of the Continent of Asia Showing The River Amoor and the New Boundary Between The Russian & Chinese Territories.
    Date:
    C1860
    Mapmaker:
    Edward Weller (1819-1884)
    Image Size:
    460mm x 300mm
    Condition:
    Very small tear at top and right sheet edges, otherwise in good condition
    Technique:
    Original engraving with original hand colouring.
    Stock Number:
    DATL 0490 ASI JAP (C017)
    Description:

    Map of Japan including the new borders between China and Russia.

    The Amur region remained a relative backwater of the Qing Empire for the next century and a half, with Aigun being practically the only major town on the river. Russians re-appeared on the river in the mid-19th century, forcing the Manchus to yield all lands north of the river to the Russian Empire by the Treaty of Aigun (1858). Lands east of the Ussury and the lower Amur were acquired by Russia as well, by the Convention of Peking (1860).

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    Title:
    "The description of the coast of Abex, the Straights of Meca, otherwise called the Red Sea..."
    Date:
    C1596 (1598)
    Mapmaker:
    Jan Huyghen Linschoten (1563-1611)
    Image Size:
    405mm x 525mm
    Condition:
    Repaired tear left hand side, otherwise in good condition. Two sheets joined.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving hand coloured
    Stock Number:
    ASI 1598 LINS 02 (RW05-B)
    Description:

    Very rare map of the Indian Ocean from the most important and detailed C16th travel account of the Orient, fron the English edition of Linschoten's, Itinerario. This account revealed for the first time; the routes and detailed navigational information to all the important spice centres in the Orient.

    The map extends from Africa to the East Indies and includes the Portuguese controlled centres of the lucrative spice trade. When issued, this map was the most up-to-date and detailed navigational chart of the Indian Ocean and Arabian sea. It provided for the first time Portuguese information obtained by Linschoten during his employment by the Archbishop of Goa and which was later revealed in his published accounts.

    In the early 16th century, the Netherlands were united with Spain under the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (Dom Carlos I, Emperor of Spain). Seeking religious freedom and independence from tyrannical rule, the Netherlands fought an extended war against Spain, finally declaring independence with the establishment of the Seven United Provinces in 1579. The creation of a united and independent Dutch state had a profound effect on the course of European power struggles. In 1580, Charles's successor, Phillip II, invaded Portugal and in order to appease the Portuguese gentry after the conquest, gave exclusive shipping rights over European coastal trade to the Portuguese. This effectively barred Dutch merchants from trading in goods from the East and forced them to search for an alternative source of supply.

    In June 1594, Linschoten returned to the Netherlands and immediately set sail on the Mercury, under the command of William Barentz, in search of a north-east passage to the Orient. The following year, with the assistance of the Amsterdam publisher Cornelis Claesz, Linschoten wrote Reysgeschrift van der Navigatien der Portugaloysers in Orienten (Travel Accounts of Portuguese Navigation in the Orient) from observations collected on his travels. This work contained a large number of sailing directions, not only of shipping routes between Portugal and the East Indies but also between India, China and Japan. This information unlocked the secrets of the Portuguese spice trade at a pivotal time for Dutch merchants. Linschoten followed this work a year later with his Itinerario (1596), which not only incorporated his previous work but expanded the account to incorporate information on the Americas. In 1598 it was pirated in an English translation by the London publisher John Wolfe with the title John Huighen van Linschoten, His discours of voyages into ye Easte and West Indies: deuided into foure bookes.

    In these accounts, Linschoten suggested approaching the Indies via the western side of Sumatra and the Sunda Strait in order to avoid the Portuguese controlled straits of Malacca. His Itinerario contained so much detailed and accurate information about shipping lanes, winds, and currents, that seafarers could virtually use it as a handbook. Many of his maps were in fact copies of charts by the Portuguese cartographer Ferno Vaz Dourado. Linschoten's work was 'held in such high esteem that for nearly a century, a copy was given to each ship proceeding to India for use as a guide to the sailing directions' (Wardington). The regular use of Linschoten's account by pilots and captains aboard merchant ships has made existing copies of his work extremely rare.

    References:

    Linschoten pp.158-227, Tibbetts p.16, entry 46, ill.6.

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    Title:
    1. Carte dune partie de la Cote de Cochinchine,.... 2. Vue de l'Isle Condor, lorsque le Havre reste au Sud Est, a une lieue de distance. 3. Plan de L'Isle Condor.
    Date:
    C1775
    Mapmaker:
    Jean-Baptiste-Nicolas-Denis d'Apres de Mannevillette (1707-1780)
    Image Size:
    505mm x 350mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Stock Number:
    ASI 1775 MANN 051 (C022)
    Description:

    A pair of charts on the one sheet, the top;

    Top one is a chart of part of the coast between present day Song Thach Han river and Cu Lao Cham Island.

    Lower chart; Côn Lôn, is the largest island of the Côn Đảo archipelago, off the coast of southern Vietnam in the South China Sea.

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    Title:
    A chart of the China Sea inscribed to Monfr. D'Apres de Mannevillette the ingenious author of the Neptune Oriental as a tribute to his labours for the benefit of Navigation and in acknowledgement of his many signal favours to A Dalrymple
    Date:
    C1775
    Mapmaker:
    Jean Baptiste Nicolas d'Apres de Mannevillette (1707-1780)
    Image Size:
    660mm x 482mm
    Condition:
    In good condition, with centre fold as issued.
    Technique:
    Hand coloured engraving.
    Stock Number:
    NORI 052 ASI (RW05-A)
    Description:

    Large and important C18th chart of the South China Sea, the busiest waterway in the east, published in Mannevillette's, Le Neptune oriental (Oriental Pilot), the most highly regarded pilot for the Eastern trade for both French and English ships. The chart is dedicated to Alexander Dalrymple, who was the first Englishman to extensively explore, chart and collect detailed information of the seas and coasts of Borneo, the Philippines and China on behalf of the East India Company. He proposed the possibilities of establishing a direct trade with the East Indies and China from a British base in Borneo with the Chinese junks that annually visited the area . His plan was to bypass  the corrupt Chinese officials in Canton and the prohibitive port  costs limposed on British ships.

    Mannevillette was one of the most eminent and influential cartographers who was instrumental in raising the standards of available printed sea charts for the eastern trade in both France and England in the C18th. From about 1735 Mannevillette had set about collecting detailed charts of the known coasts from Africa to Australia and which with the financial support of the 
    Comapne des Indes and the Academie des Sciences, published his ground breaking sea atlas, Le Neptune Oriental in 1745. The first issue comprised twenty two charts, superior to any previously available and consequently quickly became the indispensable atlas for ship owners, captains and pilots engaged in the Southeast Asian sea routes. The second edition was expanded to 56 charts which Mannevillette had applied his advances in navigational techniques which he had refined in the intervening 30 years.  

    The 2nd issue of this chart, identified by the plate number 52 at top left (the 1st issue is numbered 30). Both issues are rare, as the atlas was usually used at sea and would have been discarded once more up to date charts were made in the early C19th onward. In 1775 d'Apres issued the second edition of Le Neptune Oriental expanding it to 63. 

    From Mannevillette's, Le Neptune oriental.

    References:
    National Library of Australia; Mapping Our World p.191, ill.p.190

    Collections:
    National Library of Australia: Bib ID 3770071


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    Title:
    A Chart of the Islands to the southward of Tchu-San on the Eastern Coast of China generally laid down from one published by Alexander Dalrymple Esq. with additions and alterations.
    Date:
    C1796
    Mapmaker:
    Alexander Dalrymple ( 1737-1808)
    Image Size:
    535mm x 350mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving hand coloured
    Stock Number:
    ASI CHI 1796 (RW05)
    Description:

    Map of China extending from Zhousan southwards. The ship Clarence was part of the Squadron that took Lord Macartney and John Barrow to China in order to establish the British Embassy in Pekin in 1793.

    From Sir George Leonard Staunton's, Atlas of An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of Great Britain to the Emperor of China, London.

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    Title:
    A chart of the Northern Pacific Ocean containing the NE coast of Asia and NW coast of America explored in 1778 and 1779 by Captain Cook and farther explored in 1788 and 1789 by John Meares.
    Date:
    C1790
    Mapmaker:
    Unknown
    Image Size:
    430mm x 580mm
    Condition:
    Expertly repaired splits at sheets edges of folds, otherwise in good condition.
    Technique:
    Hand coloured engraving.
    Stock Number:
    WM 1790 MEAR (RW07)
    Description:

    Rare map of the Pacific recording the tracks of John Meares in the ships Iphigenia and Felice 1788-89 who were at the centre of the Nootka Crisis during the summer of 1789. His vessels were seized at Nootka Sound by the Spaniards, who claimed all that coast as Spanish. War nearly broke out between England and Spain over the question. Meares based his map on Cook's and Roberts's world chart which was published in the official accounts of Cook's third and final voyage.

    From Meares, Voyages Made in the Years 1788 and 1789 from China to the North West Coast of America.

    Collections: 

    Royal Museums Greenwich G266:2/7

    References:
    Wagner 759

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    Title:
    A Chart of the Straits of Bali with the Soundings and the Northern Adjacent Islands.
    Date:
    C1779
    Mapmaker:
    Samuel Dunn (1774-1794)
    Image Size:
    595mm x 430mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Stock Number:
    ASI 1779 DUNN (RW05)
    Description:
    Rare eighteenth-century English navigational chart of the strait between Bali and Java, with inset of Bailam bouang Bay and coastal profiles of Java. 
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    Title:
    A dangerous shoal seen Septr. the 28, 1767. Joseph Freewills Islands. The south end of Mindanao.
    Date:
    C1773
    Mapmaker:
    Philip Carteret (1796-1796)
    Image Size:
    184mm x 178mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Hand coloured engraving.
    Stock Number:
    HAWK01E 1609 PI PHIL (F13)
    Description:

    Map of the south end of Mindanao, Philippines and the Freewills Islands (Mapia Atoll), Indonesian.

    From Hawkesworth, An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere,..

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    Title:
    A Draught of Bonthain Bay situated about 30 Leagues to the S E of Macassar in the Island of Celebes.
    Date:
    C1773
    Mapmaker:
    Philip Carteret (1796-1796)
    Image Size:
    174mm x 294mm
    Condition:
    In good condition with folds as issued.
    Technique:
    Hand coloured engraving.
    Stock Number:
    HAWK01E 1637 ASI INDO (F08)
    Description:
    Map of the island Sulawesi (Celebes), Indonesia that Philip Carteret rested his crew and made repairs to his ship the Swallow for 5 months.
    From Hawkesworth, An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere,..
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    Title:
    A Large Draught of the South Part of Borneo.
    Date:
    C1703 (1711)
    Mapmaker:
    John Thornton (1641-1706)
    Image Size:
    430mm x 535mm
    Condition:
    In good condition, with folds as issued.
    Technique:
    Original engraving
    Stock Number:
    TEPI ASI INDO 000 (RW05)
    Description:

    Very rare chart of Indonesian Borneo, Kalimantan, from Samuel Thornton's edition of; The Third Book Defcribing the Sea-Coafts, Capes, Headlands, Streights, Soundings, Sands, Shoals, Rocks, and Dangers, by Samuel Thornton with his name and address at the "Signe of England Scotland and Ireland in the Minories London. The 

    Third Book of The English Pilot, was conceived by John Seller as a sea atlas of the world divided into four volumes and sold separately. In 1672, Seller was granted a remarkable royal privilege which gave him copyright protection for 30 years and restricted the importation of any books that might compete with the Pilot. Seller intended the Third Book to be the first complete seaman's guide of Indian and far eastern waters to be published in England. With its detailed sea charts, extensive sailing directions and coastal profiles, it became the principal aid to English navigation in Asia. 

    The Third Book was to have an extraordinarily complicated publishing history with ten editions issued between 1703 and 1761. After John Thornton's death in early 1708, his son Samuel issued an edition of the Third Book in 1711 and following his death in 1715, the Third Book became the property of Mount and Page who issued eight editions between 1716 and 1761. Of the thirty-five charts in the 1703 edition, twenty-seven were reprinted from the original plates, with occasional minor alterations in all editions.

    All of Thornton's charts are rare due to their use on board ships. Interestingly, the last edition of the Third Book was carried by James Cook on his first voyage of discovery and after using the chart of Java, he wrote "a very good Chart in which everything seems to be very accurately delineated."

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    Title:
    A Map of Bengal, Bahar, Oude & Allahabad with part of Agra and Delhi Exhibiting the Courses of the Ganges from Hurdwar to the Sea by James Rennell, F.R.S.
    Date:
    C1786
    Mapmaker:
    James Rennell (1742-1830)
    Image Size:
    1225mm x 1065mm
    Condition:
    Offsetting from cartouche as usual, otherwise in good condition, with folds as issued.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving with original hand colouring
    Stock Number:
    GAOMG 045 ASI INDI (RW05A-LF)
    Description:
    Important wall sized chart of northern India by  James Rennell, the pioneer in the mapmaking of colonial India. 


    Collections: David Rumsey List No: 2104.045, National Library of Australia Bib ID7830561.

    Size: 1225mm x 1065mm (49" x 42.6")
    Condition: Offsetting from cartouche as usual, otherwise in good condition, with folds as issued.

    From Faden's, General Atlas of Modern Geography.

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    Title:
    A Map of the Streights of Malacca.
    Date:
    C1699
    Mapmaker:
    Herman Moll (fl.1678-1732)
    Image Size:
    150mm x 280mm
    Condition:
    In good condition, with folds as issued.
    Technique:
    Original copper engraving.
    Stock Number:
    DVAD 1001 ASI (C022)
    Description:
    Detailed and early map of the Malaysia, Sumatra and Singapore. 


    From Dampier, Voyages and descriptions.

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    Title:
    A New & Accurate Map of Asia, drawn from the most approved Modern maps & charts; by Thos. Bowen.
    Date:
    C1777
    Mapmaker:
    Thomas Bowen (1733-1790)
    Image Size:
    200mm x 250mm
    Condition:
    Some wear to top sheet edge otherwise in good condition, with folds as issued.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving hand coloured
    Stock Number:
    AM 1777 BOWE COL (C091)
    Description:

    Early map of Asia showing Australia named New Holland and with the recent discoveries of Australia's east coast and New Zealand made by James Cook on his first voyage. The southern coast from Nuyt's Land to Van Diemen's Land is shown as an imaginary line.   

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    Title:
    A New & Exact Map of Asia Compiled from Surveys & Authentick Journals....
    Date:
    C1747
    Mapmaker:
    Emanuel Bowen (1694-1767)
    Image Size:
    365mm x 447mm
    Condition:
    In good condition, with folds as issued.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving hand coloured
    Stock Number:
    NAIB 2790 ASI (C017)
    Description:

    Detailed map of Asia by the highly regarded mapmaker Emanuel Bowen with a decorative title cartouche at lower left and a compass rose in the lower right corner. Shown are the winds directions in the different times of the year.

    From Harris's, Navigantium atque itinerantium bibliotheca or, a Complete Collection of Voyages and Travel.

    Collections:

    National Library of Australia: Bib ID614488

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    Title:
    A New and Accurate Map of the East Indies Exhibiting the Course of the European Trade both on the Continent and Islands....
    Date:
    C1744
    Mapmaker:
    Emanuel Bowen (1694-1767)
    Image Size:
    370mm x 450mm
    Condition:
    Minor repaired tear at right hand side sheet edge, otherwise in good condition, with centre fold as issued.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving hand coloured
    Stock Number:
    NAIB 1662 ASI EI (C022)
    Description:
    Detailed map of the East Indies, extending from India to Australia showing the trade routes to the important sources of spices, precious stones, fabrics, porcelain, wood etc. A decorative title cartouche comprising of two figures holding parasols at top right. Marked are the "winds". On the west coast of 'New Holland', the Dutch discovery, 'De Wits Land' is noted. 

    From Harris's, Navigantium atque itinerantium bibliotheca or, a Complete Collection of Voyages and Travel.
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    Title:
    A New Map of East India
    Date:
    C1676
    Mapmaker:
    John Speed (1552-1629)
    Image Size:
    382mm x 501mm
    Condition:
    Minor chips and tears to sheet edge as usual, otherwise in good condition, with centre fold as issued. Wide margins.
    Technique:
    N/A
    Stock Number:
    APOTMF 051 ASI SPEED (RW05-B)
    Description:
    John Speed’s famous map of Asia published in A Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World. The map has the imprint of Thomas Bassett and Richard Chiswell within the title, and at lower left that of the engraver Francis Lamb. The map first appeared in the enlarged edition of Speed's world atlas in 1676.

    Detailed map of Asia, extending from India to Japan and south to Timor by one of the most influential map makers of the C17th. Decorative title comprising of turbaned Oriental figures. Speed was born in Cheshire, followed his father’s trade of a tailor until the age of fifty. His wife bore him 12 sons & 6 daughters! A keen amateur historian & mapmaker who was given an allowance by Sir Greville to devote his whole attention to his research. 

    From best edition of the most influential atlas by England’s greatest cartographer. John Speed’s fame, which continues to this day, lies with his two atlases, The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine (first published 1612), and the Prospect of the Most Famous Parts of the World (1627 & 1676). The map was published posthumously in the 1676 edition of the Prospect , with 8 new maps (on 7 mapsheets) not previously available in the first edition: New England (Burden 455), Virginia and Maryland (Burden 456), Carolina (Burden 457), Jamaica and Barbados, East India, Russia and Canaan. 

    ‘The 1676 edition of John Speed's famous atlas marked the high point of its publishing history’ (Burden).

    English text on verso with page numbers 51 & 52.

    References: Durand p.104, Pl.31, Ill p.105, Parry p.135, Pl. 5.3, Quirino p.109, Not in Sweet 

    Collections: David Rumsey Collection - List No: 12058.219, National Library of Australia - Bib ID3428400, Stanford Library - purl.stanford.edu/kn459jy2652, 

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    Title:
    An Accurate Map of the East Indies from the latest Improvements and regulated by Astronomical Observations.
    Date:
    C1768
    Mapmaker:
    Thomas Bowen (1733-1790)
    Image Size:
    200mm x 290mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving hand coloured
    Stock Number:
    ASI 1768 BOWE (C022)
    Description:

    Map of the East Indies showing the 'spice coast of India (west) through to present day Indonesia.

    With decorative title.

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    Title:
    An Accurate Map of the East Indies from the latest Improvements and regulated by Astronomical Observations.
    Date:
    C1778
    Mapmaker:
    Thomas Bowen (1733-1790)
    Image Size:
    200mm x 290mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Copper engraving hand coloured
    Stock Number:
    NCSGM 022 ASI EI (C022)
    Description:

    Map of the East Indies showing the 'spice coast of India (west) through to present day Indonesia.

    With decorative title.

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    Title:
    Aracam [Burma]
    Date:
    C1598
    Mapmaker:
    Barent Langenes
    Image Size:
    87mm x 125mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    Hand coloured engraving.
    Stock Number:
    ASI BUR LANG 1598 (C022)
    Description:

    Early issue of Barent Langenes's map of Burma, one of the earliest maps to solely focus on Burma. The map focuses around present day Bago (Pegu on the map) which is the capital of the Bago Region in Myanmar.

    Langenes map is named after one of the kingdoms which comprised the region of Burma. 

    Reference: Suarez P.190, ill. Fig 107, p.190

    From Langenes, Caert-Thresoor

    Image size: 87mm x 125mm (3.5" x 5")

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    Title:
    Archipels des Iles de la Sonde et des Iles Philippines.
    Date:
    C1860
    Mapmaker:
    F.A.Garnier (1803-1863)
    Image Size:
    350mm x 490mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    N/A
    Stock Number:
    ASEU 058 ASI SEA (RW-05B)
    Description:

    Detailed scarce French chart of Southeast Asia, with full original hand colouring. There is n o plate number at top right but the map appears in the index as plate 58 in Garnier's Atlas. A colour key at lower left indicates colonial possessions at the time. The decorative title is at top right.

    From; Garnier's, Atlas spheroidal et universel de geographie dresse a l'aide des documents officiels, recemment publies en France et a l'etranger par M.F.A. Garnier

     

     

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    Title:
    Asia
    Date:
    C1805
    Mapmaker:
    Unknown
    Image Size:
    187mm x 225mm
    Condition:
    In good condition
    Technique:
    Hand coloured engraving.
    Stock Number:
    ASI 1805 ITA (C017)
    Description:

    Interesting small Italian map of Asia based on the 'Meridionale del Isola del Ferro'. The Iron Meridian (Meridiano of the Iron Island ) was until 1884 one of the first widespread meridians. This meridian was named after the Iron Island ( El Hierro ), the westernmost of the Canary Islands.

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    Title:
    Asia
    Date:
    C1840
    Mapmaker:
    J. & C. Walker
    Image Size:
    315mm x 395mm
    Condition:
    In good condition
    Technique:
    Copper engraving with original hand colouring
    Stock Number:
    SDUK 081 ASI GEN (C017)
    Description:

    Finely engraved map of Asia and with extensive detail. Key of populations top left, published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge.

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    Title:
    Asia
    Date:
    C1848
    Mapmaker:
    John Betts (1803?-1889)
    Image Size:
    306mm x 379mm
    Condition:
    In good condition.
    Technique:
    N/A
    Stock Number:
    BFAT ASI GEN 029 (C017)
    Description:
    Finely engraved and detailed map of Asia. From: Betts' Family Atlas.
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    Title:
    Asia
    Date:
    C1876
    Mapmaker:
    J.Migeon (fl. 1855-1899)
    Image Size:
    280mm x 375mm
    Condition:
    In good condition
    Technique:
    Copper engraving with original hand colouring
    Stock Number:
    GUAM 027 ASI (C022)
    Description:
    Detailed map of Asiia with a vignette of the "Porcelain Tower at Nanking".
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