Notes: Commodore Perry's correspondance written during his historic two-year expedition to Japan, which led to the opening of the island nation to the West. This is the first publication of Perry's dispatches detailing his observations on Japan at a time when it was very little known in the United States.
This collection of Perry's dispatches, with some correspondence from the Pierce and Filmore administrations, is titled in full, "Message of the President of the United States, transmitting a report of the Secretary of the Navy, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of December 6, 1854, calling for correspondence, &c., relative to the naval expedition to Japan", Senate, 33d Congress, 2d Session, Ex. Doc. No. 34.
195 pages; no plates, as issued.
Edition + Condition: First edition (first printing). Pages somewhat foxed; the original publisher's purple cloth faded at the spine and eroded at the edges and in a few spots on the cover. With the pencilled ownership signature of Hugh D. McLellan of Gorham, Maine.
Publication: Washington DC: (n.p.), 1855.
Item No: #306986