MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Book
DIMENSIONS: 7 1/4 X 11 inches (closed)
COMPONENTS: 24 pages of the hand-written treaty
ITEM ID: 3567
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First Opium War Treaty of Nanking

Year: 1842
Decade: 1840s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

Japanese hand-written manuscript book on the Treaty of Nanking during the First Opium War. This is a Japanese manuscript report of the treaty signed by Great Britain and China at the close of the 1st Opium war (1839-1842). The Japanese were very interested in this event since it was China’s first “unequal” treaty and feared that foreign powers would be forcing their way into Japan soon. In fact, a decade later, Commodore Perry entered Japan,and soon after a series of unequal treaties were signed by Japan and other foreign powers.