Imaginary Maps Exhibit – Full Tour


– Behind us is the
Worlds Imagined exhibit, featuring maps from The Maps
of Imaginary Places Collection. – Both the collection and
the exhibit feature maps from all kinds of sources,
literature, movies, television, comic
books, video games. – We’ve created this
video walk-through for those of you
who weren’t able to visit the exhibit in person. – We hope you enjoy. Welcome to the exhibit. (serene music) – [Sierra] The Realm of Alera
in Barbarian Lands from 2015. This map was designed by
well-known fantasy cartographer Priscilla Spencer. This map comes from The
Codex of Alera series by Jim Butcher. – [Jeremy] The streets
of Ankh-Morpork, being a concise and
possibly even accurate map of the great city
of the Discworld, including Unseen University
and environs from 1993. The cartographer is
Stephen Player, and based on the designs of Terry
Pratchett and Stephen Briggs. The map is based on
the Discworld novels
by Terry Pratchett. – This map is by
Justus Dankerts. It’s A New Map of North
and South America. It was done in 1690
and is the oldest map in The Maps of Imaginary
Places Collection. It shows North
and South America. One of the most interesting
parts about it though is that it shows
California as an island. This was a long-held folklore of what North
America looked like. It also shows a land bridge
between North America and Asia, the Great Lakes
as one open lake, and also is a very early example of Australia appearing on a map. Here we have Ketchum’s General
Map of the World of Pokémon from 2015. This map was a class
assignment done by Texas A&M student
Ben Schoenkase. He was told to ‘map
his childhood.’ It is based on the
Pokemon media franchise, created by Satoshi
Tajiri and Ken Sugimori. – [Jeremy] This is “The
Marvelous Land of Oz, based on the original map drawn by Professor H.M.
Wogglebug, T.E., revised in accordance with
the Royal Histories of Oz. It was done in 1975 by
cartographer James E. Haff. It’s based on the long-running
series of Land of Oz books by L. Frank Baum, Ruth Plumly
Thompson, John R. Neill, Jack Snow, Rachel R.
Cosgrove, Eloise Jarvis McGraw and Laurel Lynn McGraw,
and Sherwood Smith. – [Sierra] Here we have “The
Twelve Colonies of Kobol.” The cartographer is
Geoffrey T. Mandel. He drew the map in 2010. It’s based on the reboot
of the television show Battlestar Galactica,
created by Ronald D. Moore for the SciFi Channel. – This is one of the
most popular maps in the entire exhibit. It’s called The Map of Zombies. It was done in 2003 by artist
Jason Bradley Thompson. It’s what we call
a map of intellect, rather than a typical map,
which depicts a place. A map of the intellect depicts
a concept and charts that. What Thompson has done
here is taken the concept of a zombie, which you’d
think would be fairly simple, but as Thompson shows,
is much more complicated than you would think
once you get into all these different
iterations of it. You can see he’s based
it around the concept of a brain and spinal
cord, which makes sense, because zombies
often eat brains. But what he’s done
is he’s divided up the entire concept of a zombie
based on various factors. How fast do they move? Are they truly dead
or are they alive? How were they created? What do they eat? How do you kill them? Can you kill them? That kind of thing. What’s really interesting
about this map, Thompson did a lot of
painstaking research. Because what he did, if
you follow the tendrils, what you get is you
have this large category he breaks down into
smaller categories. Then attached to each
category he has attached the name of a book, or a
movie, or a television show, or a comic book,
or a video game, or something that depicts that
particular type of zombie. It’s a really beautiful,
kind of creepy, but it’s a really
beautiful kind of map and it shows how what
seems like a basic concept has so many different
possibilities and
different varieties. Thompson’s done another
map kind of like this. It’s not in the exhibit
but it’s in the collection, of Map of Alien Invasions, which is kind of the
same sort of thing, talking about how different
alien invasions of earth are depicted in
different kinds of media. This is a map of “The Verse.” It was done, we think, in 2010 by cartographer Geoffrey Mandel, with additional art by Ben
Mund, Alie Ries and Rick Smith. It’s based on the
cult TV show Firefly and its film sequel Serenity, both created by Joss Whedon. There’s actually two
sides to this map. The other side that you
don’t see in the exhibit shows closer views
of the systems here and many of the
planets within them. – [Sierra] This map was done by the artist
collective Dorothy. This the “Film Map”,
one in a design series, and is from 2015. The map is loosely
based on Los Angeles, and creates a city
entirely of film titles. – [Jeremy] Another map from the artist’s collective
known as Dorothy is this one, done in 2012 in
the same style as the Film Map. This one is the “Book Map”. – [Sierra] And a third Dorothy
map, this one also from 2012. It’s the “Game Map: The
History of Video Games Set to the Art of Cartography. – Next we have two maps,
both done by Michael Tyznik. On the right, made around
2014 is the ‘Known World’, from George R.R. Martin’s
Song of Ice and Fire series, remapped in the style
of a railway route map. On the left is Tyznik’s
railway map of Tamriel, the universe of the Elder
Scrolls video game series, that done in 2015. Here is one of our favorite
maps in the entire collection. It’s called The Great War 1914. It was done by Keith
Thompson in 2016. It’s taken from The Leviathan
Trilogy by Scott Westerfeld, which is a young adult,
steampunk-flavored, alternate history
of World War I. In this particular
universe, the countries fighting World War I are the
same as in the real world, but there’s a
particular difference. The Triple Entente,
which consists of Britain, and
France, and Russia, are also known as
the Darwinist powers, so their weaponry
is based in biology, so all kinds of strange
creatures and monsters make up the weapons
they use to fight, and they battle
what was known as The Triple Alliance
in our world. In this world they’re
called the Clankers, so Germany, Austria-Hungary,
and the Ottoman Empire, called the Clankers
because they use massive hunks of machinery
to be their weaponry. It’s also reminiscent of
the old propaganda maps that you would get in World
War I and World War II where fighting countries
would be depicted as particular things. So you might have Russia
depicted as a bear, and you might have
America as an Eagle, and you might have
Germany as a wolf. In this case, what you see,
what Keith Thompson has done, is that we have Germany
as the lead Clankers has this large piece
of artillery pointed
towards Russia, which is showing these
large scary looking animals rushing towards Germany
in the other direction. You have the same sort
of biological motifs for Britain and
France, and machinery for Austria-Hungary
and the Ottoman Empire. – [Sierra] This is “A
Panoramic View of Island Town, Formerly Sixes”. It was drawn in 2014
by Gillis Bjork, and depicts one of the
most significant locations in the Children of
the Drought trilogy by Arianne ‘Tex’ Thompson. – [Jeremy] One of the more
classic fantasy worlds is depicted here. It’s a map of Pellucidar, drawn
in 2016 by James L. Gerlach. Pellucidar is the underground
world at the earth’s core that is the setting for a
number of novels and stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs. – [Sierra] Here we have
the “Province of Skyrim”, taken from the Elder
Scrolls video game series. This map is was drawn
in 2011 and released by the games’ creator, Bethesda. The map is labeled as being
drawn by Nataly Dravarol. Nataly is a cartographer
from the video game series. – [Jeremy] And this is
one of the most famous science fiction
universes around. It’s the United
Federation of Planets, and the surrounding
territories such as the Klingon and Romulan Empires, from the Star Trek franchise. This map is part
of a book of maps called Star Trek: Stellar
Cartography, published in 2013, and the maps are drawn by
Ian Fullwood, Alie Ries, and Geoffrey Mandel. – This is the Land of Ooo. It’s from the television
show Adventure Time, and it was drawn by
Dan Bandit in 2012. It’s to accompany the
TV show Adventure Time, which was on the Nickelodeon
television station. What makes Ooo kind of
an interesting world is that this is a
post-apocalyptic future of our own world. All of the characters
in the TV show are these kind of mutated
creatures that exist after the fallout of
the Great Mushroom Wars. It features a lot of
the really fun places they visit in the
television show. – [Jeremy] This interestingly
shaped map is “Hiccup’s Map”. It was drawn in 2015,
although we don’t know the cartographer. It’s taken from the How To
Train Your Dragon movies by DreamWorks. – [Sierra] One of our
more colorful maps. It’s called “The World
of Elric”, and depicts the universe known as
the Young Kingdoms, that are the setting of a
series of novels and stories by Michael Moorcock about
the fantasy antihero Elric. Elric is the last emperor
of the island kingdom of Melnibone. The map was drawn
by William Church and is based on a
conception by Greg Stafford. – [Jeremy] This is a
map of “The Stillness”, a geologically unstable
continent that is the setting for the Broken Earth
trilogy by N.K. Jemisin. The map here is by
Tim Paul, who has done a number of other fantasy
maps besides this one. It was done in 2014. – [Sierra] These two maps
are actually on loan to us, and not officially part of the Maps of Imaginary
Places Collection. They are pencil drawings
of the Three Worlds, the setting for the Books of
the Raksura by Martha Wells. Martha drew these
herself in 2016. – [Jeremy] Here’s another
lovely map by Priscilla Spencer, done in 2016. It depicts the “Kingdom
of the Westlands”, the setting for the October
Daye series by Seanan McGuire. The Westlands are
fairylands that exist just beyond our own world, which is why you see our
own state borders here, where our world
overlays the Westlands. – [Sierra] This map is entitled “Mythical Realm of
Gods and Heroes”. It is a 1968 map from the
National Geographic Society, although we don’t
the know the identity of the actual artist. You can see it shows much of
the world of Greek mythology, including the court of
the 12 Olympian Gods. – [Jeremy] Here is another
Priscilla Spencer creation, from 2012. It’s a beautiful
map of Yggdrasil, the World Tree of
Norse Mythology, and the Nine Realms
of the Norse. Spencer drew this map for
the fantasy novel Trapped, which is part of the Iron
Druid Chronicles series by Kevin Hearne. – [Sierra] Here is a map from
a relatively obscure source. Mapa de Region, depicts
the setting of Juan Benet’s 1967 Spanish novel
Volveras a Region (You Will Return to Region). Benet made the map in 1983. Benet was an engineer
who got the idea to design his own
fictional country, called Region and located
in northwestern Spain, and you can see how
realistically he drew this map. – [Jeremy] Speaking of
realistic maps, this is a map of “The City of Gotham”,
from, obviously, Batman. Specifically, this map
was designed around 2005 by professional
cartographer, Eliot R. Brown, as a prop for the
Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight movie trilogy. Brown creates here a
very realistic city map, the kind of thing you might see on a subway wall, for example. – [Sierra] Like the
“Map of Zombies”, this is a map of concept. The “History of
Science Fiction” map, drawn by Ward Shelley in
2009, charts the history and development of the
science fiction genre, from its origins in myth to
many of the various subgenres that make it up today. – [Jeremy] This
small map here is from a pretty obscure
children’s book from 1930, Featherland, by
Etta Corbett Carson. Carson illustrated the
book and created the map. This is Carson’s original
drawing that was used to create the end
papers of the book. – [Sierra] The map below is
called the “Geek’s Tube Map”. The cartographer goes under
the name ChocqueFrontal and this map was made
sometime around 2013. It’s kind of like the railway
maps we already looked at, but in this case, the
cartographer takes a bunch of different
media universes, illustrated them
as subway ‘lines’ and wove them
together into a map that looks similar to the maps
of the London Underground. – [Jeremy] Another relatively
unknown source with this map. This is the map of the
fictional fantasy kingdom of Poictesme, the
setting for the novel A Biography of the Life of
Manuel by James Branch Cabell. The map was made in
1929 by Peter Koch. – Besides The Stillness,
Tim Paul also drew this map, from, we think, 2015. It’s titled “Map of Durango, Territory of the Federal
Republic of America, according to the newest
and most exact observations of Timothy DePaul, Geographer.” You can see that Durango
is a fantasy analog of the American Southwest,
particularly Texas, and is the setting for The
Shadow series by Lila Bowen. This is the Marauder’s Map
from the Harry Potter universe. This map was released in 2005. It’s a reproduction of
the map what was used in the 2004 movie Harry Potter
and the Prisoner of Azkaban. If you’ve read the
books or seen the movie you know that this is the
map Harry and his friends use to show them where all
the people in Hogwarts are at any given time. Something that made this
map really interesting and kind of tricky
to display is that it includes a lot of
folds and moving parts to try to emulate
that magical 3D object on a two-dimensional
piece of paper. So we worked with our
conservator to display it to show those folds up
and how they would move so you could see both
sides of the piece of paper to kind of get that idea
of this magical creation. – [Jeremy] These two maps are
taken from the same source. They’re both parts of
the 2012 boxed collection of map posters The
Lands of Ice and Fire, which illustrate the geography
of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. All the maps in this set
are by Jonathan Roberts. We selected two of
them for the exhibit. On the left is the
continent of Westeros, which is the main
setting for the series and the TV show Game of Thrones. The map on the right depicts
the whole of Martin’s world, and also charts the movements
of many of the characters. Journeys are an important
part of the story, and so many characters
are travelling over so many great distances, that this is a very great
resource for readers to really get a sense of
the scale of the journeys the characters make. – [Sierra] This
colorful map on the left tries to map something that
you might think unmappable. It’s the “Mappa mundi
somniorum ex libris Lovecraft et Dunsany et Myers et allis”, done in 2014 by Jason
Bradley Thompson. Translated, it means ‘Map
of the World of Sleep from the books of Lovecraft,
Dunsany, Myers, and others”, and maps the world depicted
in the Dream Cycle of stories by H.P. Lovecraft and continued
by, among other, Gary Myers, all of which were influenced
by the Anglo-Irish fantasy writer Lord Dunsany. The world is known
as the Dreamlands, and can only be visited,
obviously, when asleep. – [Jeremy] These two
maps here are both drawn from the Final Fantasy
video game series. We don’t have a date of creation or a cartographer’s
name for these maps, but we do know that
these were ephemera that would have been included
with the games themselves. A player could use them
to record strategies, obstacles, etc. These were obviously well-used. Tack holes at the corner
show that they were pinned up to someone’s
wall at some point and if you look closely you
will see penciled annotations of routes to take
through the dungeons. Below are examples of some of
the atlases in the collection. The two fantasy atlases
here on the left are: The Atlas of the
Dragonlance World, written by fantasy cartographer
Karen Wynn Fonstad in 1987, this page depicts the
continent of Ansalon; and The Forgotten Realms
Atlas, also by Fonstad in 1990. The atlas on the far
right is open to the map of the planet
Tatooine, of course, the home of Luke
Skywalker in Star Wars. The book is Star Wars:
The Essential Atlas, published in 2009 by Daniel
Wallace and Jason Fry. – [Sierra] In this corner
alcove we have a colorful map, “The Ian Fleming Thriller
Map”, designed in 1987 by John Zeleznik with
graphics by Susan Lewis. It charts the various locales
in which the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming take place. – [Jeremy] This
large map, from 2003, shows “The Eleven
Kingdoms”, the setting of the Deryni novels and
stories by Katherine Kurtz. The cartographers are
Daniel M. Davis, Ann Dupuis, James A. Fox-Davis,
and Martine Lynch. – [Sierra] Below
on the left, here, is the map of the Westlands, the main setting for Robert
Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. This map was originally drawn
by Elissa Mitchell in 1994, and it’s appearing here
in the Wheel of Time novel New Spring from 2004. – [Jeremy] These two
pages show the simple and sparse mapping of the
world of “The Hyborian Age”, drawn originally in 1938
by the world’s creator, Robert E. Howard. Howard, a native of
Texas, was the creator of Conan the Barbarian, one of
the most memorable characters from the Hyborian
Age cycle of stories. This version of the map actually
comes from the 1938 work “The Hyborian Age
by Robert E. Howard and A Probable Outline
of Conan’s Career by P. Schuyler Miller
and John D. Clark, Ph.D.” – [Sierra] The
item here is a page from the groundbreaking
Atlas of Fantasy, compiled by J.B. Post in 1979. This is a map of Prydain,
from Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain. The map was drawn by
Evaline Ness in 1964. – [Jeremy] This large
map on the left, “Greater Boston Neighborhoods”, is from the 2015
video game Fallout 4. We don’t know who
the cartographer is, but the map was released by
the Bethesda Game Studios. It shows, obviously, the
post-apocalyptic city of Boston in which the game takes place. – [Sierra] This small map
here was actually a giveaway at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, though the artist is unknown. It’s a map of Battleworld,
the amalgam of different Marvel Comics realities that
were fused in a single planet in the 2015-2016 Secret
Wars mini-series. – [Jeremy] This map should
be familiar to video gamers. It’s one of the most
well-known videogame universes, “Hyrule”, from The
Legend of Zelda. This map would
have come packaged with the 1991 Legend of
Zelda: Link to the Past Super Nintendo game. The map is two sided, each side
showing a different version of the parallel Hyrule worlds, the Light World
and the Dark World. – [Sierra] Here are a
collection of atlases. The one here is another work
from Karen Wynn Fonstad, from 1985, and is the
Atlas of the Land, which maps various locations
in Stephen R. Donaldson’s The Chronicles of
Thomas Covenant. This page shows the
exterior of the infamous and menacing Mount Thunder. The middle work is
Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R. Tolkien’s
‘The Lord of the Rings’, by cartographer Barbara
Strachey in 1981. As the title indicates,
Strachey charted the route Frodo Baggins takes from
the Shire to Mordor. This page is of Minas Tirith. The last atlas is, again
by Fonstad, from 1984, The Atlas of Pern,
and we have it open to a picture of the
planet Pern itself. Pern is the setting
for Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern
novels and stories. – [Jeremy] One of our
more literary maps is “The Wessex of the Novels”, designed by the British
novelist Thomas Hardy for his fictional English county in the late 19th-early
20th centuries. This is an undated copy
of the original map. – [Sierra] “Carte Du Tendre”
is another map of a concept rather than a place. This French map was
originally drawn in 1654 for a novel by
Madeleine de Scudery, though this is a 2006 copy. The title translates
as “Map of Tenderness”, and it’s an
allegorical map tracing the journey that a person takes in order to move from
friendship to love. – Here are the last of the
atlases in the exhibit. These were all drawn from
the World of Warcraft Massive Multiplayer
Online Role Playing Game. The works are the
World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
Atlas from 2008 and the World of Warcraft
Cataclysm Atlas from 2011, both written by Brian Shotton. Depicted here are the
city of Orgrimmar, the land of Stormwind,
and, in the center, the world of Azeroth
in which most of World of Warcraft
takes place. The two maps we’re
looking at here are from two of the
most famous worlds in fantasy literature. The one on the left
is an interpretation of Middle Earth
by J.R.R. Tolkien. His legendarium includes The
Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. This is a 2003 map
of Middle Earth done by Brian Sibley
and John Howe. It’s only one of the many
different interpretations of Middle Earth, both in the
collection and elsewhere. Tolkien’s Middle Earth
is one of the most famous maps in fantasy literature. He originally made the map
in 1937 for The Hobbit, and it’s become a cornerstone
for fantasy mapping for the rest of
fantasy literature. You can see here it’s
got an interesting layout to the lands here. You can see the Misty
Mountains proceed from north to south
and then suddenly veer off to the east,
which is kind of unusual, geologically speaking. But then Tolkien isn’t
really going for realism so much as going
for an interesting, well-developed fantasy land. This map here on the
right is a map of Narnia from C.S. Lewis’ The
Chronicals of Narnia. It’s a 1973 illustration
by Pauline Baynes. Pauline Baynes was a
well-known illustrator who not only did
the map for Narnia, she illustrated the
Chronicles of Narnia. She also did a lot of
illustrations for Tolkien. It’s a particularly pretty map. You can see it’s designed
kind of in the style of a renaissance map with
all these interesting little seals and
interior pictures of depictions of castles
and other structures. – This map is from 1925,
and it is by Bernard Sleigh. It is the second edition
of his very famous map, An Anciente Mappe of
Fairyland: Newly Set Forth. This is the 1925 second
edition of the map. The first edition of this map
would have been much larger, which is impressive to think of, because this is already
such a large map. What Sleigh did with
this was he took all the different
fairytales and myths he would have heard growing
up as a young boy in England and put them as if they
existed in the same world. If you were to look
closely at this map you would see that it includes both the Hydra from
Greek mythology, but also creatures
like Tom Thumb out of Mother Goose fairytales. He included a little
bit from all of these different mythos
into this one world as if they all lived together. – [Jeremy] This large map
depicts the land of Redwall, from the Redwall series
by Brian Jacques. It was made by Allan
Curless in 1997. – [Sierra] Moving into the
cases, we have collected a number of books
with maps in them. In the first case, we have
a small map of Twin Peaks, from the 1991 Twin Peaks:
Access Guide to the Town. Here is Jules Feiffer’s 1961
map of “The Lands Beyond” from the classic Norton Juster
novel The Phantom Tollbooth. And here we have a map,
cartographer unidentified, of Florin and Guilder,
the warring kingdoms from William Goldman’s 1973
novel The Princess Bride. This book is the 1998
25th anniversary edition. – [Jeremy] On this shelf
below, we have a page from Andrew DeGraff’s 2015
work Plotted: A Literary Atlas. It’s a fun book where DeGraff
takes plots from famous books and actually translates
them into cartographic form. This map is “The
Course of True Love”, and it’s a cartographic
representation of Jane Austen’s
Pride and Prejudice. Here’s a map of the
African country of Wakanda, which is ruled by
T’Challa, the superhero known as the Black Panther. It was designed by Ta-Nehesi
Coates and Manny Mederos for Black Panther: A
Nation Under Our Feet, which was written by
Coates and illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze in 2016. The last item in
the case is one of the most famous
maps in literature. It’s Treasure Island, from
Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 novel, although
this is actually a 1945 edition of the book. Stevenson and his
son created the map as a sort of rainy-day activity,
and once it was finished Stevenson decided that he would
write a book around the map. – [Sierra] Up here we
have a first edition of Frank Herbert’s
1965 novel Dune, with the map of Arrakis, the
real name of the planet Dune, by Dorothy deFontaine. This is a 1971
map of “Earthsea”, designed by Ursula K. Le
Guin for her Earthsea novels. It’s particularly
interesting because unlike the Tolkien-esque
maps of fantasy lands that resemble European
lands, Le Guin designed a fantasy world consisting
of a large number of islands, with cultures
centered on the sea. – [Jeremy] On this shelf we
have two fairly famous maps. The 1936 map of “Jefferson,
Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi”, designed
by William Faulkner for his 1936 novel
Absalom, Absalom! This map here has a title
bigger than the map itself. “A Fac-simile of the Map of
Route to King Solomon’s Mines, now in the Possession of
Allan Quartermain, Esq., Drawn by the Dom Jose da
Silvestra, In His Own Blood, Upon a Fragment of
Linen, in the Year 1590” was designed to accompany
this 1885 first edition of H. Rider Haggard’s adventure
novel King Solomon’s Mines. – This map is a large
map representing the sea with no vestiges of land. It is from Lewis
Carroll’s poetry book The Hunting of the
Snark from 1876. The map was illustrated
by Henry Holiday. The map has also been
known as The Ocean Charts since that’s what
it’s labeled as. It’s also more widely
known as The Bellman’s Map. The Bellman is a
character in the poem who runs and owns a ship. His crew use this
map to navigate with. As you can see, it
is a large blank map. The crew on The Bellman’s ship find this to be the most
perfect map in the world, because they not being
highly educated people found it incredibly easy to use, since it just shows nothing, which is what the
sea looks like. This is “Ile Lincoln”,
or “Lincoln Island”, the setting for Jules
Verne’s 1874 novel The Mysterious Island. The map was drawn by
Jules-Descartes Ferat. And here we have
another untitled map, to which we’ve given the legend “Sandleford Warren to
Laverstoke and Overton.” It is a map by Marilyn
Hemmett for Richard Adams’ 1972 novel Watership Down. The map charts the distance
crossed by Hazel, Fiver, and their fellow
rabbits as they escape from their old Sandleford Warren to a new home at Watership Down. – [Jeremy] Finally,
below we have two maps depicting the world
of The Hollows, which is the setting
for Kim Harrison’s Rachel Morgan urban
fantasy series, set in an alternate Cincinnati. The cartographer
is unidentified. But these maps can be
found in Harrison’s 2011 reference book
The Hollows Insider. The last map is yet
another ‘Map of Intellect’. This page from the 2000
work The Atlas of Experience by Louise van Swaaij
and Jean Klare depicts an allegorical
journey through the ordeal of Experience.

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