Personal Narrative of a Voyage to Japan, Kamtschatka, Siberia, Tartary, and Various Parts of the Coast of China; In H.M.S. Barracouta. With Charts and Views - J. M. Tronson R.N. 1859 - Smith, London - First Edition A handsomely bound first edition of British officer J.M. Tronson’s informative and detailed account of his voyage to Japan, together with extensive chapters on Hong Kong, Siberia, Shanghai, Korea, and various parts of the coast of China.

Tronson accompanied Sir Frederick Henry Stirling’s 1854-6 expedition, during which Stirling negotiated the first trade treaty between Britain and Japan, in Nagasaki. This was a time of great upheaval in Japan as the country had only recently been opened to the West.

Illustrated with 5 folding maps, 8 full page engraved plates including frontispiece, and a number of other engraved vignettes in the text.
  Admiral Sir Frederick Henry Stirling (1829-85) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, East Indies and China Station.

Provenance: from the library of J. W. Paynter, with his name in ink to head of title page.

References: Taylor 45. Cordier,
Bibliotheca Sinica 2124.

Octavo (14.5 x 22.5 cm). pp. [4] xiii [3] 414 [6].
  Bound in later brown half calf and ochre cloth, spine in six compartments decorated in gilt, olive morocco label titled in gilt, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers.   Condition: Very good, minor rubbing to extremities, light foxing to opening pages and occasionally scattered throughout, bookseller sticker to lower rear pastedown, map facing page 1 with 15 cm closed tear repaired at verso.   Ref: 107933   Price: HK$ 11,000