Recollections of Baron Gros's Embassy
to China and Japan in 1857-8
English Edition, 1860

Moges, Marquis de:
Recollections of Baron Gros's Embassy to China and Japan in 1857-8, London & Glasgow, Richard Griffin and Company, 1860, 12mo (5 x 7 3/8 in), maroon blind stamped cloth with gilt emblem (dragon and flags) on front cover and gilt title on spine, 4 tinted lithographic plates, 368 pp. This book is an important early account of Japan and China in the period immediately following the opening of Japan by Commodore Perry. It is a translation of the original French edition published the same year which presented a chronological account of this significant French diplomatic mission to China and Japan by the Baron Gros. The major portion of the book deals with mission (embassy) to China at the height of the Opium wars. Includes accounts of the bombardment of Canton, Lord Elgin, Macao, Shanghai, Nagasaki and the Dutch factory at Decima. The diplomatic mission to Japan is covered in the last two chapters. Gros arrived in Japan in mid-September, 1858 and concluded a treaty with the Japanese on October 9.

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Table of Contents (abbreviated except for Japan portion).
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Chapter I. (pages 1-21)
Decision come to by the French Government to send an Embassy to China ....

Chapter II. (pages 22-44)
Arrival of the Audacieuse at Simons Baby....

Chapter III. (pages 45-89)
We leave Simon's Bay....

Chapter IV. (pages 90-106)
The Portuguese Colony of Macao....

Chapter V. (pages 107-142)
The Bombardment and Capture of Canton....

Chapter VI. (pages 143-177)
A curious Document found in the depositories of Yeh....

Chapter VII. (pages 178-197)
Shang-hai: the European Town, the Chinese Town....

Chapter VIII. (pages 198-258)
Departure of the Audacieuse for the Gulf of Pecheli....

Chapter IX. (pages 259-299) The Manners, Customs, and Government of China

CHAPTER X. (pages 300-330)
Departure for Japan -- Van Diemen's Straits -- Detention at Siinoda -- The Bazaar -- We lunch with Nemorano-Nedan-wauo-Kami -- The Bay of Yedo -- Death of the Civil Emperor -- The Embassy takes up its quarters in a Bonze-house -- The Official Town -- The Business Town -- The Palace of the Ticoon -- What we saw in the Streets of Yedo -- Our Hundred Iacounin -- Conferences at Yedo -- Signature of the Treaty -- The Town of Nangasaki -- The Dutch Factory of Decima -- Attempts of the Japanese Government to create a War Fleet -- The Chinese Factory -- Return to Shang-hai

Chapter XI. (pages 331-357)
Manners, Customs, and Government of Japan.

 
Chapter XII. (pages 358-368)
Typhoon in the Chinese Seas....

LIST OF TINTED LITHOGRAPHS.

The residence of the Ambassadors at Tien-tsin, after a water-colour Drawing by the Marquis de Trovise ... Frontispiece

The Custom-house at Shang-hai, after a water-colour Drawing by by the Marquis de Trovise ... 96

View of Fusi Yama, with rice-fields and a group of labourers in the foreground ... 308

Japanese Wrestlers ... 322

The two last Lithographs are copied from native tinted engravings contained in a series of volumes said to be school-books, let by the Earl of Elgin to the South Kensington Museum.

Illustrations.


The residence of the Ambassadors at Tien-tsin, after a water-colour Drawing by the Marquis de Trovise ... Frontispiece


The Custom-house at Shang-hai, after a water-colour Drawing by by the Marquis de Trovise ... 96


View of Fusi Yama, with rice-fields and a group of labourers in the foreground ... 308


Japanese Wrestlers ... 322



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