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Asia and the Pacific Rim in Early Prints and Photographs

Over 1,000 prints and photographs (mostly albumen, hand-colored albumen and gelatin silver prints) of East, Southeast and South Asia from the 18th century to the early 20th century, drawn from portfolios, photographic albums, photographically illustrated books and archival collections. Subjects include architecture, scenes of daily life, portraits of major political, religious and artistic figures of the time, "exotica," staged photographs for the tourist trade and travel postcards.

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Felice Beato (b. ca. 1825). View on the Tokaido beyond Odowara, Hakoni Mountains in the distance. Digital ID: 118896 Felice Beato (b. ca. 1825). View on the Tokaido beyond Odowara, Hakoni Mountains in the distance. Digital ID: 118896

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NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the vast collections of The New York Public Library, including drawings, illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.