New York: G.P. Putnam & Company, 1856. Twelve leaves of letterpress text. Ten lithographic prints: one tinted portrait of Perry from a daguerreotype by P. Haas; nine handcolored views by Heine (two of them chromolithographed, seven printed in two colors on india paper mounted); all printed by Sarony & Co. Folio. Text in the original yellow pictorial wrappers, expertly rebacked to style with purple cloth. The plates loose as issued. The text within a half purple morocco and period purple cloth portfolio, yellow pastedowns and flaps, cloth ties. All within a black morocco backed box. Item #WRCAM53158
An important work recording Commodore Perry's expedition to Japan, here in the very rare deluxe, handcolored issue on card. William Heine was the official artist on Commodore Matthew C. Perry's expedition to Japan in 1853-54. On returning to the United States he produced several series of prints commemorating the trip. A group of six elephant folio prints appeared in 1855, and the following year the present volume was issued, in a smaller format, with different images and with explanatory text. Both projects employed the New York lithographic firm of Sarony, probably the best lithographers in the United States at that time. "As artistic productions, the pictures speak for themselves...none superior to them have been executed in the United States, and they have no cause to shun comparison with some of the best productions of Europe" - Introduction. Copies were produced tinted (although with some plates with several colors) on regular paper and a very rare deluxe handcolored issue on card, as in the present example. The plates are numbered and titled as follows: 1) [Portrait of Perry] 2) "Macao from Penha Hill" 3) "Whampoa Pagoda" 4) "Old China Street, Canton" 5) "Kung-kwa at On-na, Lew-Chew" 6) "Mia or road side chapel at Yokuhama [sic]" 7) "Temple of Ben-teng in the harbor of Simoda" 8) "Street and bridge at Simoda" 9) "Temple of the Ha-tshu Man-ya-tshu-ro at Simoda" 10) "Grave yard at Simoda Dio Zenge" Bennett describes the plates as "many times finer than those in the regular account of the Perry expedition." His remarks on the work's great rarity are confirmed by its absence from both of Cordier's Japanese bibliographies. Two distinct issues of Heine's work were published: a regular issue with handcolored plates on thick card; and the deluxe issue, like the present, with more elaborate hand-coloring and on thick cards with glossy paper backings. The deluxe issue is considerably rarer than the regular issue. BENNETT, p.53. McGRATH 123.