- ISBN/SKU: 9781612512389
- Binding: Paperback & eBook
- Era: 19th Century
- Number of Pages: 320
- Subject: Naval History
- Date Available: November 2013
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.
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.