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Japanese Manuscript: Commodore Perry in Edo Bay


Manuscript document describing the great consternation among the Japanese civilians, upon the arrival of Commodore Perry's four American ships at Uraga in July 1853, and the warlords' immediate action to guard the coast. Together with a large manuscript ink drawing depicting the "black ships", and an accompanying drawing of a barrel transport method. All text is in Japanese. Minor creasing and age-toning, otherwise items are in very good condition, beautifully preserved contemporary documentation by a Japanese civilian observing the events as they unfolded. Document: 8vo. 11 pages in manuscript, written recto and verso to six folded leaves string-tied at margin. Document measures approximately 28,5 x 18,5 cm. Drawings: Linen backed, folded leaf measuring approximately 64 x 43 cm, accompanied by a related diagram on a single leaf measuring approximately 27 x 40 cm.