Bibliographic details

Woodblock "kawaraban" broadside illustrating the arrival of Commodore Perry's four American vessels at Uraga in 8 July 1853, featuring a prominent stylized portrait of Perry himself and one of his formidable "black ships". All text is in Japanese. Thin hand-made laid paper measuring approximately 35,5 x 27cm. Small tears at folds and margins, some professional repair to verso, otherwise in very good condition, with clear imagery. A pleasing example of an uncommon variant. A contemporary broadside to alert Japanese civilians of the arrival of Commodore Perry's formidable American vessels. News was travelling fast by word of mouth along the coast and trade routes, and also began being illustrated with the "kawaraban" - broadsides with woodblock prints - for distribution. Naturally, Edo commoners were curious to learn about the imposing vessels that suddenly appeared within sight of their city.] The Japanese named the American vessels "kurofune" (black ships) for the colour of the hulls which were covered in tar and for the black smoke from the coal-fired steam engines. four "Black Ships"

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