Lot 785

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(1901-1989) The Emperor Showa, 124th Emperor of Japan. Presided over the country during Japan's militarization, involvement in World War 2, and unconditional surrender. Excessively rare war-date L.S., 2pp. folio, Tokyo, 1939, a letter of diplomacy to Peruvian President Oscar Benavides. The gold-trimmed document in Japanese kanji is signed by both HIROHITO and PRINCE FUMIMARO KONOYE in Japanese. Konoye, a prominent son of the Fujiwara clan, served as Prime Minister for several terms. The Prince committed suicide in 1945 once he learned that MacArthur planned to arrest him for war crimes. With an original 2pp. printed letter on official Imperial Japanese paper translating the document into French. Document is moderately toned, with beautiful trim and calligraphy, evidence of mounting on verso borders, very good. Signature is superb.

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June 4, 2010 11:00 AM EDT
Stamford, CT, US

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