MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Manuscript
DIMENSIONS: 6 1/2 X 9 inches (closed)
COMPONENTS: 39 pages, including 2 double page manuscript maps
CONDITION: Original covers & title slip, contents complete, generally very good shape for the age
NOTES: Outstanding and original.
Language: Japanese

ITEM ID: 695
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Report on Opium War & Foreign Aggression

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

Hand-painted and handwritten Japanese manuscript volume reporting on the Opium War between Great Britain and China. Volume has two double page manuscript maps, one depicting shipping routes from Europe to Asia and the Americas; another of Asia with Caina, Chosen (Korea), Taiwan, etc. There are also two double-page, highly detailed sketches of fully fitted British Man of War ships; sketches of soldiers with weapons and a British Admiral. With the Japanese becoming increasingly mindful of the demoralization of China by the Western powers, books like this were often banned or confiscated by the Tokugawa Shogunate. England, Russia, America, and other naval powers were all competing to open Japan for trade and it was felt that if the Japanese public knew what had happened in China there would be widespread panic. Just 10 years after this book was produced, Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in Japan in his Black Ships to force a treaty, after nearly 3 centuries of isolation. Kaigai shinwa 海外新話 (New stories from abroad); by Mineta Fūkō (嶺田楓江, 1817-1883); 1849; Waseda University.