China and Japan, Being a Narrative of the Cruise of the U.S. Steam Frigate Powhatan, In the Years 1857, '58, '59, and '60. Including an Account of the Japanese Embassy to the United States
by Johnston, James D.
Philadelphia: Charles Desilver, 1861. Hardcover. Good+. Second edition (first published 1860). Octavo, xii, 13-448, 8 (ads), with 8 hand-colored plates and 2 maps. Original green cloth stamped in blind and gilt. Mild spine slant, gilt dulled, corners rubbed, a few pages soiled, binding slightly spring at a few gatherings, but still sound. Johnston was commander of the USS Powhatan, one of the vessels of the Perry expedition and the ship that brought the first Japanese embassy to the United States in 1860. In addition to a firsthand account of the Perry expedition, Johnston provides biographies of the Japanese ambassadors and describes their sea journey, visit to Hawaii, arrival in San Francisco, journey to Panama and across the isthmus by train, and their time in Washington, where they met with President Buchanan and visited both houses of Congress before concluding their journey with stops in Philadelphia and New York. Smith (American Travellers) J27; Cordier p. 2512-13; Sabin 36367, Beisner 7:425; Rogala 497.
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