New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1857.
First Edition. Hardcover. Good. viii, 415 pp + 8 (publisher's catalogue), with frontispiece, illustrations. Original brown cloth with gilt spine. Spine dulled, one horizontal tear in spine cloth, and additional splits along both front and rear joints. Internals sound and clean. Contemporary gift inscription on front endpaper. Perry's expedition was sent to Japan to induce the Japanese government to enter into diplomatic relations with the United States, which Perry believed he could accomplish through a display of superior naval force. Hill (1332): "After his entry into Araga Harbor on July 8, 1853, the Japanese were eventually compelled to accept a treaty...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." This is Hill 1333, "a compact abridgement of the Perry expedition narrative."