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Book Number 3295 
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. [Three Volumes] 
Date 1856 
Publisher United States House of Representatives 
Place of Publication Washington 
Edition First Edition.  
Volume Information Three Volumes 
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, expertly rebacked in matching gilt cloth, spine with gilt titles and naval vignette.  
Illustration Profusely illustrated with in-text woodcuts. Illustrated with 153 plates, 93 of which are tinted lithographs, 21 of which are hand colored and with 23 maps (some folding) & and 16 of which are charts. As is usual, it lacks the suppressed “Bathing” plate. There are also a profusion of in-text star charts in volume 3. 
Size Large 4to 
Condition Expertly rebacked. . Text and plates are clean and crisp. A very good, clean set. 
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). P. 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). Volume 3. (4), title, publisher’s notice, introduction iii-xliii, blank, half-title, 2-705, blank, (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 This set has the “House of Representatives” boards. Volume 3 is titled: “Observations on the Zodiacal Light…”. “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$) 4000  
Short Description Book Voyages General; Book Natural History General; Book Asia Far East Japan, Korea; Book Astronomy; 
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