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PALMER, Aaron Haight

Documents and facts illustrating the origin of the Mission to Japan,

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authored by the Government of the United States, May 10, 1851; and which finally resulted in the treaty concluded by Com. M. C. Perry, U.S. Navy, with the Japanese commissioners at Kanagawa, Bay of Yedo, on the 31st March, 1854. To which is appended a list of the memoirs, &c., prepared and submitted to the Hon. John P. Kennedy, late Secretary of the Navy, by his order, on the 26th February, 1853, for the use of the projected U.S. exploring expedition to Behring’s Strait, &c., under the command of Commander Cadwallader Ringgold, U.S. Navy, by Aaron Haight Palmer. Washington : Henry Polkinhorn, 1857. Octavo (220 mm), bound without the original printed blue wrappers in modern half black calf, spine lettered in gilt; pp. 22; contents fine.

‘A collection of documents related to Palmer’s role in developing a plan for the opening of Japan. Palmer, a wealthy businessman and staunch believer in expansionism, is frequently regarded as the instigator of Perry’s expedition [to Japan]’ (Hill, Pacific Voyages).

The United States Naval Expedition to Japan under Commodore Perry, otherwise known as The Perry Expedition (1853-54), was a diplomatic and military expedition to the Tokugawa Shogunate whose principal aim was to open contact with Japan both through the establishment of diplomatic relations and the negotiation of trade agreements.

Hill 1286; Cordier, Japonica, 515

Rare. The only copy traced on Rare Book Hub was sold at auction in 1922 by Stan V. Henkels, Philadelphia.