Souvenirs d'une Ambassade en Chine
et au Japon en 1857 et 1858
French Edition, 1860

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Souvenirs d'une Ambassade en Chine et au Japon en 1857 et 1858, Paris, Librairie de L. Hachette et Cie, first edition, 1860, 12mo (4 3/4 x 7 1/4 in - 12 x 18 cm), hard bound or paper wraps, French language, no illustrations, 350 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 the original French edition 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 the 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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This is the first edition of this book. In the same year an "authorized" English language translation, Recollections of Baron Gros's Embassy to China and Japan in 1857-8, was published in London and Glasgow. Below is information on the table of contents from the English translation.

Table of Contents (abbreviated except for Japan portion).
(From the English Translation, Recollections of Baron Gros's Embassy to China and Japan in 1857-8).

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Chapter I.
Decision come to by the French Government to send an Embassy to China ....

Chapter II.
Arrival of the Audacieuse at Simons Baby....

Chapter III.
We leave Simon's Bay....

Chapter IV.
The Portugese Colony of Macao....

Chapter V.
The Bombardment and Capture of Canton....

Chapter VI.
A curious Document found in the depositories of Yeh....

Chapter VII.
Shang-hai: the European Town, the Chinese Town....

Chapter VIII.
Departure of the Audacieuse for the Gulf of Pecheli....

Chapter IX. The Manners, Customs, and Government of China

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.
Manners, Customs, and Government of Japan.

Chapter XII.
Typhoon in the Chinese Seas....

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