London: A. W. Bennett, 1866. Hardcover. Account of William Adams, a British sailor who eventually became one of the most influential foreigners in Japan.
Adams (1564 – 1620) in 1600, was the first English man to reach Japan during an expedition for the Dutch East India Company. In Japan Adams and his second mate were held prisoner, and Adams ended up settling in Japan, becoming one of the earliest Western samurai.
Adams was an important advisor to the shogun and later played a key role in Japan's approving the setting up of trading factories by the Netherlands and England. Adams was highly involved in Japan's Red Seal Asian trade, and served as captain of four trade expeditions to Southeast Asia.
8vo, vi, [iii]-v, , 434 pp, ills. Green gilt cloth. Good + overall. Item #24832