Embassy to the Eastern Courts of Cochin-China, Siam, and Muscat; In the U.S. Sloop-Of-War Peacock, David Geisinger, Commander, During the Years 1832-3-4 - Edmund Roberts 1837 - Harper & Brothers, New York - First Edition Important account of an early American embassy to the east. Roberts was appointed as special agent of the United States to negotiate treaties with Muscat, Siam, Cochin China and Japan, which he set out to do in 1832 with the ship Peacock and the schooner Boxer.

Includes about 120 pages describing the culture and business practices of China.
  “In 1832 U.S. president Andrew Jackson, acting on the advice of Secretary of the Navy Levi Woodbury, dispatched Edmund Roberts as a “special agent of the government,” empowered to negotiate treaties of amity and commerce with countries in Asia. The objective was to expand trade between these countries and the United States. Between early 1832 and May 1834, Roberts circumnavigated the globe in the U.S. Navy sloop Peacock. In the course of his journey, he negotiated agreements with the sultan of Muscat (Oman) and the king of Siam (Thailand). He failed to conclude an agreement with Cochin-China (present-day Vietnam). Embassy to the Eastern Courts of Cochin-China, Siam, and Muscat is Roberts’s account of his voyage. In addition to detailed accounts of his discussions with the three courts that were the object of his mission, the book contains descriptions of other countries visited by the Peacock, which included Brazil, Uruguay, the Philippines, China, Singapore, and Indonesia. The appendix contains a number of interesting documents, including tables of trade statistics, a treatise on tea and tea consumption, an essay on the Semang people of the Malay Peninsula, and the translated text of a letter from the sultan of Muscat to the president of the United States.”

Provenance: Patricia Beach.

References: UNESCO
World Digital Library. Sabin 71884. Satow 118. Not in Cox. Not in Hill. Cordier, Bibliotheca Sinica 2113. Löwendahl, China illustrata nova, supplement, 1743.

8vo. (22.5 x 14 cm) pp. [2] 432 [2]. In the publisher’s original green cloth, paper spine label.
  Condition: Very good, boards rubbed with water damage to top 2 cm, 2 cm chip to tail of spine,general scattered foxing throughout, 10 cm closed tear to first blank repaired, previous owners ink stamp and circular ink ex-libris to title page, pages 7 and 211 with small chip to outer edge not affecting text, final blank with 3 cm of lower edge torn out.   Ref: 105992   Price: HK$ 7,500