Tui or Parson Bird Prosthemadera Novae Zealandiae. From: 'A history of the birds of New Zealand' by Walter Lawry Buller
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West Meets East

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Images of China and Japan, 1570 to 1920.

West Meets East is based on a physical exhibition curated by Special Collections, that was on display from 10 February - 26 May 2006. It presents a selected number of written and photographic accounts by European travellers to China and Japan. The exhibition includes works held at Special Collections and the Hocken Collections, University of Otago.

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Various collectors

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A rare 1880s illustration on pith-paper of a scene in the Chinese Royal household.

William Adams (1564-1620) was the first Englishman to reach Japan, arriving on a Dutch ship at Bungo (a principality containing present day Usuki City) in May 1600. After a summons by the Emperor at Osaka, imprisonment and interrogation, he was…

Surgeon James Johnson (1777-1845) was on board the 36 gun ship Caroline, commanded by B. W. Page. Dedicated to Henry Lord Viscount Melville, this work contains a topographical and picturesque sketch of all the places annually visited by the British…

Apart from the general interest attaching itself to an Elizabethan translation of the Travels of Marco Polo, the present edition aims at supplying a long-felt want in Polian research - a series of maps embodying the latest work and discoveries of…

At the age of seventeen, the Venetian Marco Polo (1254-1324) travelled with his merchant father, Nicolo, and his uncle, Maffeo, to the court of Kublai Khan. Polo was away from Venice for twenty-four years. His account of his travels and of the Peking…

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