With Commodore Perry to Japan: The Journal of William Speiden, Jr., 1852-1855

With Commodore Perry to Japan: The Journal of William Speiden, Jr., 1852-1855

Naval Institute Press

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With Commodore Perry to Japan offers a personal account of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry's expedition to Japan through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old purser's clerk of the USS Mississippi. The documentary edition, endorsed by the National Historic Publications & Records Commission, provides excellent coverage of both the political mission of the Perry expedition, the opening of relations with Japan, and of the social history of a naval warship as well. Also included are fifty-five illustrations ranging from hand drawn, pen-and-ink scenes of everyday life sketched by Speiden and other members of the crew to exquisitely detailed pith paintings by Chinese artists.

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John A. Wolter is a former chief of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division.

David A. Ranzan is the University Archivist at Salisbury University.

The late John J. McDonough was a manuscript historian at the Library of Congress from 1961 to 1998.

Pub Date: 2013
Format: Paperback with bw illus.
Pages: 256 
Size: 6.25 x 9.25 inches


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