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PERRY, Matthew Calbraith Commodore (1794-1858). Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan Performed in the Years 1852, 1853, and 1854 ... Edited by Francis L. Hawks. Washington, D.C.: A.O.P. Nicholson, 1856.
3 volumes, 4o (288 x 237 mm). 112 plates (most lithographs, 16 hand-colored, the suppressed nude bathing plate present, laid loose in mat), 16 diagrams of wind patterns, 3 color facsmilies of Japanese paintings (2 folding), 21 maps and charts (16 folding), and 352 zodiacal charts (some spotting and browning, folding maps with a few tears along folds and margins). (Some spotting, a few leaves in volume I sprung, a few marginal tears and losses not affecting text.) Original blind-stamped cloth (volume I rebacked, preserving remnants of original spine and with some repairs). Provenance: New York Natural History Lyceum (presentation inscription from the author on title-page to volume I, library stamp on title-page and a few plates); C. Littlefield (signature on title-pages of volumes II and III); New York Academy of Sciences Library (library stamp on a few leaves).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY OF PERRY'S ACCOUNT OF HIS FAMOUS EXPEDITION TO OPEN JAPAN TO THE WEST, INSCRIBED BY PERRY on the title-page: "Lyceum of Natural History New York With the respects of M.C. Perry." Commodore Perry was appointed commander of a naval expedition to Japan in order to persuade their government to establish diplomatic relations with the United States. After displaying the superior naval forces of the United States, Perry essentially forced Japan to agree to a treaty that called for better treatment of shipwrecked sailors and allowed U.S. ships to refuel and restock supplies at the Japanese ports of Hakodate and Shimoda. Most importantly, Perry's visit contributed to the eventual collapse of Japan's feudal regime and eventually led to its modernization. This set includes the suppressed Nude Bathing plate and all 86 plates and 3 facsmiles of Japanese paintings called for in volume I. Varying plate counts are cited by the standard bibliographies for volumes II and III. Anker 93; Hill 1332; Reese American Color Plate Books 74; Sabin 30968; Wood p.517. (3)
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