Norwalk, CT: Easton Press, 2013. Hardcover. Number 189 of 400 copies. This handsome deluxe limited edition from the Easton Press is a facsimile of the original edition first published by order of Congress in 1856, with all of the original illustrations. The Perry Expedition led directly to the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the western Great Powers, and eventually to the collapse of the ruling Tokugawa shogunate and the restoration of the Emperor [Wikipedia]. In a custom binding or brown cowhide leather imported from Italy. The covers have a decorative black and gilt border with a gilt illustration of ships at harbor on front. All edges gilt. Printed on Mohawk Superfine text and illustration paper. Housed in a custom slipcase of brown cloth with repeat of the design of the book's cover. Accompanied by certificate of limitation. In original shipping box. In fine condition. Measures 8.75 x 11.5 inches. 537 pages including index. PRI/012324. Fine.
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