Norwalk, Connecticut: Easton Press, .
Full Leather. Deluxe Limited Edition. Easton Press Deluxe Limited Edition, numbered 249 of 400 on the limitation page and laid in limitation slip, of the Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan, by Francis L. Hawks. A facsimile of the original 1856 Edition, presented to Congress. Black and white engraved illustrations, folding maps, and color plates throughout. Commodore Perry’s expedition would famously ‘open Japan’ to American trade under force of arms, perhaps the most famous American example of the euphemistic ‘gunboat diplomacy.’ A historically important firsthand account of the direct cause of the Meiji Restoration, from the American perspective. Full cowhide leather, with lettering and decoration in black and gilt. Housed in a Near Fine brown cloth slipcase, similarly decorated in black and gilt. Blank Easton Press bookplate laid in. Silk ribbon marker bound in. All edges gilt.
Near Fine binding.