Japan Opened, 1858


The Religious Tract Society
Anonymous (author):
Japan Opened, Compiled Chiefly From the Narrative of the American Expedition to Japan in the Years 1852-3-4, London, The Religious Tract Society, Reed and Pardon, printer, 1858, 10 woodcut black and white plates, 1 text illustration, 18mo (4 1/4 x 6 1/4 in), 299 pp. The stated purpose of the book is to make the government Narrative available to the public "in a cheap form." The first chapter (pages 1-45) of the book is background and not a summary of the Narrative. This chapter traces western contacts with Japan from Marco Polo at the close of the 13th century to the American contacts in the 1830s-40s leading up to the Perry Expedition. The balance of the book is an abridgement of the Narrative.

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Table of Contents. 
Preface		        v-viii

Chapter I	        1-45
The History of Japanese Intercourse with the Western Nations
Chapter II 46-84
Origin and Objects of the United State's Expedition.
Chapter III 85-133
First Glimpses of Japan
Chapter IV 134-158
Third Visit to Loo Choo
Chapter V 159-198
Towns and Villages Along the Shores of the Bay
Chapter VI 199-234
Excursion into the Country
Chapter VII 235-269
Arrival at Hakodadi
Chapter VIII 270-296
Netotiations Resumed with the Authorities of Hakodadi

Typical Woodcut Engraving Plate
Illustrations (Full Plate Woodcuts, Back Blank) Delivery of the Presidents Letter Frontispiece Royal Barge and Boates Opposite page 91 Japanese Farmyard Opposite page 159 Buddhist Priest in Full Dress Opposite page 172 Japanese Temple Opposite page 183 Japanese Woman & Child Opposite page 202 Interior of a Japanese Temple Opposite page 218 Prefect and his Attendants Opposite page 239 Japanese Kitchen in Dwelling-House Opposite page 251 Spinning and Weaving Opposite page 260 Text Illustration on page 253 Charts of Western Contact with Japan Click here.


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