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
[Perry Expedition]. Hawks, Francis L., [compiler].

New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1856. First one-volume edition. This is an abbreviated version of the monumental three-volume set, with the scientific data taken out, but with the narrative preserved. The famous nude bather’s plate was not included in this edition. Eleven folding maps, nine steel-engraved plates, and sixty-seven wood-engraved plates, plus woodcut text illustrations. Small tears and light fraying at head and foot of spine. Two donor’s inscriptions, one dated 1857 and one dated 1868. One gathering a bit loose. Otherwise a very good, tight copy. Original brown cloth, decoratively stamped in gilt and blind. Large octavo. vii, [1, blank], 624 pp. (Item ID: 11653)


In March, 1852, Commodore Perry was appointed commander of a naval expedition to Japan, to influence the Japanese government to establish diplomatic relations with the United States. Perry believed the only way to get Japan to cease its isolationist policy was by a strong display of naval force. Perry’s men entered Araga Harbor on July 8, 1853. The Japanese were eventually forced to sign a treaty stipulating better treatment of shipwrecked seamen, and allowing American ships to refuel at two Japanese ports, Hakodate and Shimoda. The most important result of the Perry expedition, however, was the collapse of the Japanese feudal government and the modernization of Japan.

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