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Book Number 4053 
Author 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. 
Date 1856 
Publisher : Published by order of the Congress of the United States 
Place of Publication Washington 
Edition First Edition 
Volume Information Three volumes of text an 
Cover , Original dark brown half morocco with matching pebbled cloth boards, decorative gilt rules, 5 raised bands in 6 compartments, marbled free end papers.  
Illustration llustrated with a total of 153 plates, 105 of which are hand colored lithographs,9 are tinted lithographs,23 are maps (some folding) and 16 are charts. Also profusely illustrated with in-text wood cuts. As is usual, it lacks the suppressed “Bathing” plate in volume 1. There are also a profusion of in-text star charts in volume 3. 
Size 4to (221mm x 287mm) 
Condition Plates and maps are clean and crisp. A fine handsome set in original decorative half morocco. Edges tinted red. Volume 4 is dedicated to large folding maps.  
Provenance  
Pagination P. Vol 1: Blank, Title, blank,prefatory note(iii-vi), con2: Blank, Title, Advertisement, Prefatory note, Blank, Contents, Blank, Errata,Blank, 1-391, Appendix 395-414, note, blank, Facsimile of the original treaty with Japan (9), Index (iii-xi), List of Charts (1); Vol 3: Blank, Title, Advertisement, Intro (iii- xliii), 1-705.  
Reference Sabin pp. 159-60 (unnumbered, listed as “BA”); Cordier Japonica 513-4; Cordier Sinica 2122-3; Bennett 88; Hill 1332. 
Translation Info  
Notes “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) Sabin pp. 159-60 (unnumbered, listed as “BA”); Cordier Japonica 513-4; Cordier Sinica 2122-3; Bennett 88; Hill 1332.  
Price (US$) 6000  
Short Description Book Voyages General; Book Asia Far East Japan, Korea; Book Natural History General; 
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