Including: Return of Commodore Perry, Officers & Men of the Squadron from an Official Visit to the Prince Regent at Shui, Capitol of Lew Chew, June 6, 1853; Passing the Rubicon. Lieut. S. Bent in the "Mississippi's" First Cutter Forcing His Way Through a Fleet of Japanese Boats While Surveying the Bay of Yedo. Japan, July 11th, 1853; First Landing of Americans in Japan, Under Commodore M. C. Perry at Gore-Hama July 14th, 1853; Landing of Commodore Perry, Officers & Men of the Squadron, To Meet the Imperial Commissioners at Yoku-Hama, Japan, March 8th, 1854; Landing of Commodore Perry, Officers & Men of the Squadron, To Meet the Imperial Commissioners at Simoda, Japan, June 8, 1854; Exercise of Troops in Temple Grounds Simoda Japan, In Presence of the Imperial Commissioners June 8th, 1854
In 1849, Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry led an expedition to Japan which forced the country to enter into trade and diplomatic relations with the West after nearly two hundred years of isolation. Artist William Heine accompanied Perry on the Japan Expedition, as it became known, and was named assistant master's mate and artist to the expedition. His drawings of the expedition were used for this series of six large lithographs printed by Sarony & Co., Boell & Lewis and Boell & Michelin in 1855-6. The four prints from this set that were printed by Sarony & Co. are considered the firm's most important work. Together, these six lithographs served as official documentation of this historically important expedition to the East. The complete set is extremely rare.