[Three Contemporary Japanese Manuscript accounts of the arrival of Commodore Perry in Japan, including a copy of the official government report of events].
[Edo: 1853]. ; ; pp., plus a loose sheet.
Original paper wrappers, stitched. Contemporary manuscript annotations in red ink in one volume Scattered worming, heavy in places. Some dampstaining and dust soiling. About very good.
Separate Accounts of the Arrival of Commodore Perry
Three fascinating Japanese manuscript accounts of the arrival of Commodore Perry to Japan in 1853. Then first, Uraga Kurotone Ni Kansaru, or "The Black Ship Arriving in Uraga," comprises the official government report of events when Perry steamed into Uraga Bay. This volume contains contemporary edits to the text in red ink. The second account of Perry's arrival, Edo Urgga Bikoku Fune Torai Ikken, or "Arrival of the Ships at Uraga," contains a double-page manuscript sketch of the coastline of Uraga Bay together with the disposition of Perry's ships. The final volume consists of a third manuscript entitled GASSHUKKO SHOKAN WAGE UTSUSHI, a copy of the report on the Perry arrival prepared by Abe Masahiro, Chief Senior Councillor in the Toguwara Shogunate, which includes translations of the letters from Fillmore and Perry, delivered by Perry on July 8, 1853. Also with a single manuscript sheet that provides a description of Perry's ship. Vital contemporary manuscript accounts of this monumental transformation in Japanese foreign relations, from significant Japanese participants in events.