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De Medusa in de wateren van Japan, in 1863 en 1864. The Hague, Van Cleef brothers, 1865. 8vo. With 5 tinted lithographed folding maps. 19th-century half cloth, covered with the original publisher's wrappers.
Cordier, Japonica, col. 579; Nipponalia III, p. xviii; Tiele, Bibl. 234. First edition of an account of the battle that engaged the Dutch corvette Medusa on its way to Yokohama, written by the commander of the ship François de Casembroot (1817-1895), captain-lieutenant in the Royal Dutch Navy. On 11 July 1863, the Medusa was attacked by the ships and batteries of the daimyo of Chôshû, Mori Takachika, as she passed through the straits of Shimonoseki at the entrance to the Inland Sea. The Chôshû were resentful of the official policy to welcome foreigners in Japan and attacked the Dutch ship. Although the crew bravely fought back, Medusa was struck 20 times and four members of the crew were killed. The following year this incident lead to the so-called Shimonoseki Campaign in which Dutch, French, British and American ships retaliated and secured a safe passage for foreign shipping through this important stretch of water.A few spots, the map with a small tear, half-title browned, otherwise in very good condition.
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