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Pearls of the Orient

Asian Treasures from the Wellcome Library

Edited by Nigel Allan


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This lavishly illustrated book celebrates the variety and beauty of the Asian collections preserved in the Wellcome Library.

Each chapter reflects a different region of Asia, its people and culture and includes essays written by Asian experts from the UK, Germany and Russia – all of whom have worked on the Wellcome Asian Collections over the last 25 years.

Containing many beautiful colour illustrations, the book demonstrates the multiplicity of religious and cultural backgrounds, languages and scripts, as exemplified by the Wellcome Library's Asian Collections.

The editor, Nigel Allan, was Curator of the Oriental Collections in the Wellcome Library from 1978 to 2005.

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