New York: D. Appleton, 346 & 347 Broadway. London: 16 Little Britain, 1857.
xvii, [1, errata], 537 pp. 6 maps (of which 2 are folding) and 90 lithographic plates (most tinted), including three colored facsimiles of Japanese paintings (of which 2 are folding at p. 462) and the suppressed "Public Bath at Simoda" plate at p. 408 (not listed in the List of Plates), numerous woodcuts in the text, all initialled by Mr. Heine. 1 vols. 4to. Bound in full brown blindstamped publisher's morocco extra, a.e.g., marbled endpapers. minor rubbing. Hill, pp. 471-172 (for First Edition); McGill/Wood, p. 517; Sabin 30958. Item #266800
"In March, 1852 Commander Perry was appointed head of this naval expedition to induce the Japanese government to establish diplomatic relations with the United States. In the following year the Japanese were finally forced to accept a treaty demanding better treatment of shipwrecked seamen and which allowed American ships to dock at two Japanese ports to purchase fuel and supplies. "The most important result, however, was that the visit contributed to the collapse of the feudal regime and to the modernization of Japan" - Hill.
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