~~ Book Set 1953120517 ~~
Commodore Perry's Expedition to Hakodate
Condition. The two volumes are in Fine+ (as New) conditon with no faults. The wrap-around case is in Fine conditon with light fading and a mauscript ink signature on the inside of the first folding panel. This set is number 322 of an unstated number.
Volume 1 - 102 pages. This volume, which I call volume 1, is the English and Japanese versions of the facsimile manuscript in volume 2. Volume 1 contains the following English sections: title page, copyright notice, forwards, preface (6 unnumbered pages), 30 numbered pages of English translation of the Kojima journal plus a listing of pictures and chart on 3 unnumbered pages. Then from back to front is the Japanese typeset version of the Kojima journal. It consists of 4 unnumbered pages followed by pages 1-59 for a total of 63 pages. Volume 1 has 102 pages on 51 double fold pages.
Volume 2 - 174 pages. This volume, which I call volume 2, consists of a 174 page facsimile manuscript of Kojima's original journal/record of the Perry call at Hakodate in March of 1854. Illustrations (50) are incorporated into the manuscript. Many are in color. There is also a map which spans two pages and folds out an additional page. The pages are not numbered but the volume consists of 174 pages on 87 double folded pages. Volume 2 reads Japanese style, from back to front.
Both volumes have numbers inscribed in the colophon. The number of sets actually issued is not specified however. I have reviewed a copy bearing number 557.
The author of this account, Matajiro Kojima, was a lower level Government official present during the visit of Commodore Perry's ships to Hakodate which was designated as one of the ports open to American ships in the treaty just completed. The account gives the Japanese reactions to Perry's visit as well as a description of the behavior of the Americans. While Kojima's reaction to the American visitors was not totally negative, he did report some unpleasant aspects. For example Kojima records:
All the Americans had poor table manners, unpleasant to see. The rest of their manners were similar. (Volume 1, page 25, English Translation)
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