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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
Washington. 1856.. Three volumes. Ninety tinted lithographic plates, maps (some folding), and numerous in- text woodcut illustrations. Original cloth, stamped in gilt and blind; first and third volumes rebacked, original backstrips laid down; second volume recased. Old library stamp on each titlepage. Scattered light dampstaining and some foxing affecting margins of some plates in first volume. Some dampstaining in upper margins of preliminary leaves of first and second volumes. This copy contains the suppressed nude bathhouse plate opposite page 408 (first volume), which is not included in the list of illustrations and which is lacking from most copies. Overall just about very good. In 1852, Perry was appointed head of a naval expedition charged with inducing the Japanese government to establish diplomatic relations with the United States. In 1853 the Japanese were finally forced to accept a treaty demanding better treatment of shipwrecked seamen and which allowed American ships to dock at two Japanese ports to purchase fuel and supplies. "The most important result, however, was that the visit contributed to the collapse of the feudal regime and to the modernization of Japan" - Hill. The lovely plates depict the country, Japanese natives, and their customs. "In this valuable scientific work the first successful attempt at producing a coloured lithograph, in imitation of drawing, is introduced" - Sabin. HILL 1332. SABIN 30958. REESE, STAMPED WITH A NATIONAL CHARACTER 74.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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