GIVING UP THE GUN: Japan's Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879.
Edition: First printing.
Boston: David R. Godine, Publisher, (1979) dj. Hardcover first edition - An account of an almost unique decision in modern history: in 1543, the first Westerners landed in Japan bearing guns and by 1575 guns had almost completely replaced swords - but after 1637 the Japanese almost completely stopped using guns for 200 years - until Commodore Perry arrived. This is the remarkable story of how the Japanese decided to turn back the clock for hundreds of years. Illustrated with many Japanese prints in black and white. Bibliography. xii, 122 pp. ISBN: 0-879232781.
Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.