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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, United States Navy, by order of the Government of the United States. Including: JONES, George . United States Japan expedition. Observations on the zodiacal light, from April 2, 1853, to April 22, 1855, made chiefly on board the United States steam-frigate Mississippi, during her late cruise in eastern seas, and her voyage homeward: with conclusions from the data thus obtained; ...Washington, A.O.P. Nicholson, 1856. 3 volumes. 4to. With over a hundred lithographed (some tinted) and wood-engraved plates, several hand-coloured, hundreds of wood-engravings in text and 39 maps and charts, several folding. Publisher's blind-blocked cloth.
Cordier, Japonica, col. 513; Cordier, Sinica, cols. 2122-2123 & 2511; Sabin 30968; Wenckstern I, 620. First and only complete edition of the official account of the United States Japan Expedition (1852-1854). Under the leadership of commodore Matthew C. Perry a fleet consisting of several battleships (some steam-powered) had travelled to Japan and, by threat of force, had opened diplomatic relations and negotiated a trade agreement with the Japanese Empire. The official account of the two journeys that formed part of the expedition was published in 1856 in the present luxurious three-volume edition and subsequently in shorter and cheaper popular editions. This first edition consists not only of an account of the travels along Africa, South-East Asia (including the Ryukyu Islands) to Japan, but also contains numerous scientific reports by members of the expedition on matters relating to natural history, economy and ethnography. All of this is lavishly illustrated with wood-engravings and lithographs, mostly made after drawings by the expedition's official artist, William Heine. These include a lithograph of a Japanese bathhouse in Shimoda, "where the sexes mingled indiscriminately, unconscious of their nudity" (vol. 1, p. 405). Since this image did not "impress the Americans with a very favorable opinion of the morals of the inhabitants" this illustration was removed from all subsequent editions. The third volume is entirely devoted to the observations made by George Jones on the zodiacal light, each of the hundreds of observations illustrated with a star chart.Spines faded and binding slightly worn; binding of volume 1 somewhat loose. Browned throughout with some spots, especially near page 155 of volume 1; a very good set.
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