The Expedition to China, Japan under Commodore Ringgold
and Commodore John Rodgers by Wilhelm Heine

 

 
Heine, Wilhelm:
Die Expedition in die Seen von China, Japan und Ochotsk unter Commando von Commodore Colin Ringgold und Commodore John Rodgers im Auftrage der Regierung der Vereinigten Staaten unternommen in den Jahren 1853 bis 1856, unter Zuziehung der Officiellen Autoritšten und Quellen, Leipzig, Otto Burfurtt, 1858, German language, (Vol 1 & 2), 1859 (Vol 3), three volumes, 8vo, Vol 1 - 330 pp; Vol 2 - 391 pp; Vol 3 - 424 pp (total of 1145 pp - lithographs and maps not numbered). The third volume is sometimes referred to as a "supplemental" volume. Numerous maps (6 maps, 5 of which are folded) and a total of 24/25? full page lithographic or engraved plates. The full page illustrations in this book depict Japanese and Chinese people and scenes and are all variants of illustrations (generally based on Heine's drawings) found in Volume 1 of the Narrative of the Perry Expedition to Japan.

Full Plate Illustrations/Maps by Volume.
Volume 1 Tinted Lithographs: 4 Tinted Engravings: 4 Maps: 1 Multi-Fold -- Index Lists 9 Illustrations/Maps Volume 2 Tinted Lithographs: 0 Tinted Engravings: 6 Black & White Engravings: 2 Maps: 3 Multi-Fold -- Index lists 11 Illustrations/Maps Volume 3 Full Page Illustrations: 8 or 9 (unconfirmed) Maps: 2 (unconfirmed)
This is a German language translation of the report of North Pacific Surveying Expedition of 1853-6 headed by Commodore Commodore Colin Ringgold and later Commodore John Rodgers. This Expedition was conducted at approximately the same time as Perry's Expedition to open Japan. The purpose of this expedition was to survey sea routes to be used by American merchant ships and to explore the most secure way from California to China. While he did not actually accompany the North Pacific Surveying Expedition, the subject of this book, Heine believed that it was an important undertaking and edited and translated the report of that expedition into German in this book. In addition, he supplemented/illustrated the work with art from the Perry Expedition. Heine accompanied the Perry Expedition to Japan and his art work figured prominently in the official US Government Narrative. He also published a two volume German language memoir of the Perry Expedition. All of the art in Volumes 1 and 2 can be traced directly to work actually published in the US Government narrative of the Perry Expedition.

The general scope of each volume covers:

  • Volume 1. Australia, Batavia, Singapore, Shanghai, Formosa, Madeira, Mauritius, Ceylon, topography of Japan and the Russians in Japan.

  • Volume 2. Simoda, Hakodate, Nagasaki, the English in Japan and Kamtschatka.

  • Volume 3. Armen, Tausk, St. Petersburg and Ayan.

Title Pages:

Volume 1, Click Here.
Volume 2, Click Here.

Lithographs/Engravings -- #1 through #16

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Illustrations, Volume 1

Simoda from Vandalia Bluff
Tinted Engraving
Chinese Sycee Maiden
Tinted Engraving
 
Chinese Irrigation Machine
Worked by Buffalo

Tinted Lithograph
Chinese Irrigation Machine
Worked by Men

Tinted Lithograph
 
Japanese Junk (Full View)
Tinted Lithograph
Chinese Grinding Machine
Worked by Buffalo

Tinted Lithograph
 
Japanese Junk & Equipment
(sectional drawings)

Black & White Engraving
Japanese Junk & Equipment
(sectional drawings)

Black and White Engraving
 

Illustrations, Volume 2

Hakodadi from Snow Peak
Tinted Engraving
Hokodadi from Telegraph Hill
Tinted Engraving
 
Mother and Child
Tinted Engraving
Bungo or Prefect, Hakodadi
Tinted Engraving
 
Bay of Wodowara
Tinted Engraving
Japanese Woman
Tinted Engraving
 
Priest in Full Dress Simoda
Tinted Engraving
Kura-Kawa-Kahai, Prefect of Shimoda
Tinted Engraving

 

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