Lot 412: Rare printed broadside edition of Japan's declaration of war on the United States and Great Britain, one page, 7.25 x 10.25, no date but circa December 8, 1941. In part (translated): "We hereby declare war on the United States of America and the British Empire. The men and officers of Our army and navy shall do their utmost in prosecuting the war, Our public servants of various departments shall perform faithfully and diligently their appointed tasks, and all other subjects of Ours shall pursue their respective duties; the entire nation with a united will shall mobilize their total strength so that nothing will miscarry in the attainment of our war aims….The situation being such as it is, Our Empire for its existence and self-defense has no other recourse but to appeal to arms and to crush every obstacle in its path. The hallowed spirits of Our Imperial Ancestors guarding Us from above, We rely upon the loyalty and courage of Our subjects in Our confident expectation that the task bequeathed by Our forefathers will be carried forward, and that the sources of evil will be speedily eradicated and an enduring peace immutably established in East Asia, preserving thereby the glory of Our Empire." Affixed to a 10.75 x 13.75 sheet. In very good condition, with a large block of toning to the center.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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