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Book Number 3294 
Author M.C. Perry; Francis L. Hawks 
Title 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, at his Request, and under his Supervision, By Francis L. Hawks, D.D. L. L. D. with Numerous Illustrations. / Published by Order of the Congress of the United States. [ Volume One & Two Only ] 
Date 1856 
Publisher United States Senate 
Place of Publication Washington 
Edition  
Volume Information Volume 1-2 of 3. These 
Cover Original publisher’s navy cloth boards with blind-stamped vignette of a Japanese port on the upper boards and of the US Navy insignia on the lower boards, flat spine with gilt titles and naval vignette.  
Illustration .Illustrated with 155 plates of which 95 are tinted lithographs, 21 of which are coloured plates ,of which 23 are maps (some folding) , and of which 16 are charts.  
Size Large 4to 
Condition Some minor foxing on the first and last five leaves in volume 2, otherwise a near fine copy in original boards, the bindings are in very good shape. Text and plates are clean and crisp. 
Provenance  
Pagination P. Volume 1. (4), title, blank, preface iii-vi, contents vii-xiii, blank, list of illustrations xv-xviii, errata, 1-513, blank, index 515-537, blank, (4); Volume 2. (4), title, publisher’s notice, preface, blank, contents, blank, errata, blank, 1-414, half-title, blank, title, blank, [right to left 1-14], (2), index iii-xi, blank, list of charts, blank, 15 charts, (4). 
Reference Sabin pp. 159-60 (unnumbered, listed as “BA”); Cordier Japonica 513-4; Cordier Sinica 2122-3; Bennett 88; Hill 1332. 
Translation Info  
Notes These volumes have the Senate boards. “In March of 1852, Perry was appointed commander of a naval expedition to Japan, with orders to induce the Japanese government to enter into diplomatic relations with the United States. Perry believed that the only way to force Japan to abandon her isolationist foreign policy was through a display of superior naval force. After his entry into Araga Harbor on July 8, 1853, the Japanese were eventually compelled to accept a treaty stipulating better treatment of shipwrecked seamen and opening the ports of Hakodate and Shimoda. The most significant result, however, was that Perry’s visit contributed to the collapse of the feudal regime and to the subsequent modernization of Japan. Francis Lister Hawks, the editor of this work, was rector of Calvary Church in New York City. Commodore Perry declined to write the official report of the expedition, underrating his own literary skills. Hawks was then engaged as editor and the two worked together to prepare the report, using a number of journals written by men on the voyage. Journalist Bayard Taylor (q.v.) accompanied this expedition for a part of the time, and his papers were among those used in the preparation of this report.” (Hill)  
Price (US$) 2500  
Short Description Book Voyages General; Book Asia Far East Japan, Korea; Book Natural History General; 
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