The Nuttall Encyclopedia
An ancient city, and up to the 15th century the capital of China, is situated on the Yangtse River, 130 m. from its mouth; between 1853 and 1864 its finest buildings were destroyed by the Taiping rebels; its manufactures of nankeen and satin and of its once famous pottery and artificial flowers have fallen off, but it still continues the chief seat of letters and learning in China.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Nanking'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/n/nanking.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.