[Japan. ca. 1853]. pp., including three double-page woodblock illustrations. Gathered signatures, stitched, as issued. Mild wear. Near fine. Item #WRCAM55689
Rare kawaraban newsbook announcing the arrival of Commodore Perry and the Black Ships to Japan in 1853. The work includes three double-page illustrations: a dominating portrait of Perry's flagship; Perry and a contingent of marines marching in procession to a meeting with local dignitaries at Kurihama, with two cabin boys carrying boxes, presumably official gifts or President Fillmore's letter requesting harmonious commerce; and a map of Edo Bay where the Black Ships entered. Listings of the Samurai and Daimyo Feudal Lords entrusted with the protection of Japan from foreign invasion are found on the final leaves. Such kawaraban - news sheets, broadsides or small periodicals - provided the most immediate contemporary news of events in Japan, including Commodore Perry's momentous first visit.