[JAPANESE WOOD BLOCK PRINT SHOWING THE BLACK SHIPS OF COMMODORE MATTHEW C. PERRY'S EXPEDITION ENTERING TOKYO HARBOR].

[Tokyo? ca. 1855?]. 24 1/2 x 16 inches. Matted. Old fold lines, some minor wear and soiling. Near fine. Item #WRCAM46844

Large wood block print, comprised of two sheets, showing the disposition of the Japanese soldiers and ships in preparation for the arrival of Commodore Perry's American fleet, seen sailing into Tokyo harbor at the right side of the image. The top third of the print is comprised of text (in Japanese characters). Three large American ships dominate the right side of the print, while several smaller boats dot the rest of the harbor. The whole is dotted with Japanese characters, denoting various people and places around the harbor.

Perry first arrived in Japan on July 8, 1853 with a fleet of four ships, flying his pennant on the steam frigate Susquehanna. This first visit lasted ten days and culminated on July 14 with Perry's presentation of a letter from the President of the United States to the Japanese commissioners. Perry then absented himself for seven months, returning on February 11, 1854 for a stay of over four months. He negotiated a treaty opening Japan to trade with the western world, providing for a U.S. consul in Japan, and protecting visiting ships and crews. Perry's visit to Japan remains one of the most important events in the diplomatic history between western and eastern nations.

A handsome print, showing the Japanese side of this important historic event.

Price: $9,500.00