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(JAPAN.) Amerika Koku Peruri (Perry), Ryokoku Torai No Hajimari. Manuscript archive of over 350 pages including 12 full-and-double-page illustrations in ink with touches of watercolor wash. 8vo format, 9 3/4x6 1/2 inches, contemporary wrappers with manuscript cover label, worn, newer stitching; worm track prevalent but not overwhelming. Kaei 6 (1853), with some papers on trade dated to 1859
Large bound collection of contemporary manuscript papers and documents relating to Commodore Perry and the Black Ships entering Edo Bay July 1853 comprising accounts of the event and transcriptions of official letters from President Millard Fillmore, Secretary of State Edward Everett, and Commodore Perry to the Japanese Emperor. Illustrations include two double-hemispheric world maps, a map showing the course of the Black Ship squadron, Edo Bay and the landing of the ships, Perry's marines marching, sketches of large cannons aboard Perry's ships, and diagrams and fortifications protecting from foreign invasion. Altogether a very comprehensive manuscript archive of this important occasion.