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Apocalypse Then: Bulwer-Lytton’s “The Last Days of Pompeii”

Cover and illustration from Bulwer-Lytton's The Last Days of Pompeii

Mount Vesuvius erupted on August 24, A.D. 79, burying Pompeii and neighboring towns under tons of ash and volcanic debris. Rediscovered by accident some 1,650 years later, the Vesuvian ruins captured the imagination of artists and writers, who vied to… More»

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      Parisian dealers purchased imported Chinese porcelain from the Dutch East Indies Company in Amsterdam, the main European importer for many years. 

      How much porcelain was really shipped?

      In 1752, a sunken European ship lost 223,303 pieces of porcelain. Oops.

      02/28/15

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