Edo. . Stock ID #157346
Black and white karawaban, or Japanese unauthorised newsheet, on two joined sheets. Large image shows a Western ship which is appears to be Commodore Perry's vessel. Image damaged with loss in a roughly 9.5 in length x 12cm wide in one place jagged tear. The kawaraban has been laid down onto Japanese paper for support. Some other occasional insignicant insect damage. Although damaged this is still a handsome piece. The Japanese text above the striking image of Commodore Perry's ship gives the names and details of the many aristocratic families who were charged with defending the shores of the Tokyo Bay from the advancement of Perry and his squadron. The guard posts are name with the name of the warlord assigned for duty. On 8th July 1853 a fleet of four American warships (in Japanese they were called "Kurofune", meaning "black ships"), including two steam-powered ships, led by Commodore Mathew Perry appeared in Edo [Tokyo] Bay, which astonished the people in Edo and eventually led to the opening of Japan to the West. This map refers to the coastal defence situation at the time when Perry visited Japan. Although undated it was probably published in 1853. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 157346).