First EditionConference on Limitation of Arms. Boston Evening Transcript. Boston, 1921. First Edition .Five separate publications Conference on Limitation of Arms parts 1 through 5 of the 1921-22 treaty of disarmament that followed WW 1. Large issues, each about 17” by about 11”. Only 1 copy in an institution or special collections in the United States, per OCLC Worldcat. The Conference on Limitation of Arms treaty later became known as The Washington Naval Treaty, also known as the Five-Power Treaty,and was a treaty signed one year after the publication of these documents in 1922 among the major Allies of World War I, which agreed to prevent an arms race by limiting naval construction. The treaty strictly limited both the tonnage and construction of capital ships and aircraft carriers and included limits of the size of individual ships. It was negotiated at the Washington Naval Conference, held in Washington, D.C., from November 1921 to February 1922, and it was signed by the governments of the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Italy, and Japan. It limited the construction of battleships, battle cruisers and aircraft carriers by the signatories. The treaty was concluded one year after this 5 part publication on February 6, 1922. Ratifications of that treaty were exchanged in Washington on August 17, 1923, and it was registered in the League of Nations Treaty Series on April 16, 1924. Within a decade, by the mid-1930s, Japan and Italy renounced the treaties, while Germany renounced the Treaty of Versailles which had limited its navy. Naval arms limitation became increasingly difficult for the other signatories and eventually all the 5 powers had to expand armament as Germany lead them toward WW II . Some wear, no significant rips or writing. Some aging and normal wear, but Good to very good Condition.
The naval treaty also had a profound effect on the Japanese. With superior American and British industrial power, a long war would very likely end in a Japanese defeat. Thus, gaining strategic parity was not economically possible. Many Japanese considered the 5:5:3 ratio of ships as another snub by the West, though it can be argued that the Japanese had a greater force concentration than the U.S. Navy or the Royal Navy. It also contributed to controversy in high ranks of the Imperial Japanese Navy between the Treaty Faction officers and their Fleet Faction opponents, who were also allied with the ultranationalists of the Japanese army and other parts of the Japanese government. For the Treaty Faction, the treaty was one of the factors that contributed to the deterioration of the relationship between the United States and Japanese governments. If followed to the letter this treaty would have reduced armament to a point that it would have seriously reduced destruction in World War II and would have probably made the Pearl Harbor attack impossible.