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An early illustrated manuscript copy of privately disseminated official reports from the months following Russian and American bellicose missions in July & August 1853
1853. Black, gray, blue, red, yellow & green wash illus. throughout. 64 leaves. Large 8vo (230 x 160 mm.), decorative wrappers (a few wormholes expertly repaired), new stitching. [Japan: late Edo].The opening of Japan to trade was a goal of many European nations from the 17th century onwards. All attempts fell short until 1853, when the United States instigated negotiations to open the island nation. These manuscript reports contain confidential Japanese observations on the near-simultaneous American and Russian efforts to initiate commercial relations with Japan. The Russian Empire was wary of the United States extending its influence to the Pacific Rim, and upon learning that President Fillmore had sent Commodore Perry to end Japanese isolation, the Russians prepared an expedition led by Vice Admiral Euphimius Putiatin. The Americans disembarked at Kurihama in July 1853, while the Russians appeared off Nagasaki a month later. This collection of reports - produced by eyewitnesses and those involved in the negotiations with both the Americans and Russians - presents Japan's perspective on the two nations vying for geopolitical supremacy in eastern Asia. Such accounts were compiled in multiple copies and sent throughout Japan to the principal fiefdom lords to keep them apprised of the tumultuous and profound challenges precipitated by the arrival of foreign warships.The first section of this manuscript (35 leaves) is a set of contemporaneous reports on Perry's first expedition to Japan. After tense negotiations, the Japanese received the Americans at a hastily con … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc. [United States]
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