Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan, Performed in the years 1852, 1853, and 1854, Under the Command of Commodore M. C. Perry...Compiled from the Original Notes and Journals of Commodore Perry and His Officers...
JAPAN) Hawks, Francis L. (compiled by, from the account of Mathew Calbraith Perry et al).
New York. D. Appleton and Company. 1856.
Black and white engraved plates (steel and wood engravings) and in-text illustrations, 11 folding maps, vii+624pp, index, errata slip bound in, 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches, decorative gilt embossed cloth covered boards (hardbound). Rejointed and rebacked with original decorative gilt spine label attached; hinges strengthened. Extremities lightly rubbed and soiled; foxing to frontispiece, occasional faint foxed spots to interior, plate opposite page 312 and that page stained (apparently a liquid was spilt over them, but it affects only these two pages and some light and small areas of stain to the fore edge), some faint offsetting, overall good, clean condition. A fascinating collection of images and historical information on the Empire of Japan and adjacent countries at the time of Japan's opening to the West. Amongst the folding maps are a map of Taiwan, and maps of Hakodate and Shimoda harbors. Introductory sections briefly cover "Name, Extent, and Geography", "Origin of the Japanese People", "Government", "Religion", "Natural Productions", etc. Chapters cover "Probabilities of a successful mission from the United States to Japan", "Voyage from the Capes of the Chesapeake to Madeira", "Mauritius, its Discovery", "Singapore", "Arrival at Hong Kong", "Hospitable treatment in Macao", "exploration of Lew Chew", "Visits on the Shore of Japan", "Simoda Temples and Shrines", "Prospects for Christianity", etc. In the introduction, Commodore M.C. Perry states that the work was compiled by "a disinterested third party, who might weave the various materials into a connected narrative of all the important events, uninfluenced by that partiality for his own words or acts..." The folding maps (all in very good condition) are as follows: Chart showing the track of the flagships of the U.S. Japan Expedition to the East.d of the Cape of Good Hope 1853 & 1854; Chart of the Harbor of Napha Lew Chew Is.; Island of Great Lew Chew; Great Lew Chew and its Dependencies; Chart of the Bonin Group of Islands; Map of the Japan Islands; Bay of Yedo; Shimoda Harbor; Chart of the Kuro Siwo or Japan Stream of the Pacific; Hakodadi Harbor; The Island of Formosa. The steel engravings include a sumo match at Yokohama. This is the one volume edition of this momentous expedition, including all included in the narrative section (Volume I) of the original 3 volume edition. Item #46087