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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. Compiled from the original notes and journals of commodore Perry and his officers . by Francis L. Hawks.
- New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1856.8vo. Contemporary half calf, with red morocco title labels on spine. With frontispiece, 11 folding maps, 75 plates and numerous wood-engravings. VII,624 pp.* First edition. - The work was preceded by a three-volume report to the House of Representatives. - Commodore Perry was appointed commander of a naval expedition to be sent to Japan to induce their government to establish diplomatic relations with the United States; only the Dutch and the Chinese had the exclusive rights until then. The Japanese were eventualy forced to accept a treaty. The most important result was that the visit contributed to the collapse of the feudal regime and to the modernization of Japan. Most of the fine plates and illustrations are made by the artist Wilhelm Heine. They depict the country, Japanese and Chinese natives and their customs. - A fine copy of a richly illustrated and highly important expedition.Cordier, B.J., col.514-15; Cordier, BS, 4, col. 2511; Löwendahl 1185; Sabin 30958; Hill 1332. [Attributes: First Edition]
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