Manjiro Nakahama and the Opening of Japan

A Bibliography of Holdings in the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library

Primary sources:

Book of Japanese Heraldry saved from the wreck of a Japanese junk by Captain Mercator Cooper , ca. 1846. Mss 85, Box 1, ODHS #B83-54.21.

Brooke, John M., U.S.N. John M. Brooke’s Pacific cruise and Japanese adventure, 1858-1860. Edited by George M. Brooke, Jr. Honolulu, Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press, 1986.

Cooper, Mercator. MSS letter from whaling master Mercator Cooper of Southampton, Long Island to Captain Joseph C. Delano, merchant of New Bedford dated February 8, 1851 regarding the disposition of Japan in relationship to the U.S.A. ODHS #MSS 64, Series D., Sub-series 19, folder 1A

Cox, Arthur. Account book kept by Arthur Cox, whaling master of Fairhaven, Mass., 1845-56 including shipboard accounts of the Florida II (ship) of New Bedford. Included in this book are the slops accounts for Goemon and Denzo, two of the five companions of  Manjiro Nakahama rescued by William Whitfield in 1841 who later shipped aboard the Florida II.  KWM #A-267.

Lewis, John R.C. and William B. Allen. Bluejackets with Perry in Japan: A day-by-day account kept by Master’s ate John R.C. Lewis and Cabin Boy William B. Allen. Edited with an introduction by Henry B. Graff. New York: New York Public Library, 1952.

Logbook of the Manhattan (ship) of Sag Harbor, New York. Mercator Cooper, master. November 8, 1843-October 14, 1846. ODHS #1073.

McCauley, Edward Yorke. With Perry in Japan: The diary of Edward Yorke McCauley. Edited by Allan B. Cole. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1942.

Nagakubo, Sekisui. Nihon Yocji Rotei Zenzu (Map of Japan). Woodblock print, watercolor on paper. B83-54.22.

Nakahama, Manjiro. Drifting to the southeast: the most important manuscript of John Manjiro’s story. A full translation from the original Japanese transcript of 1852. Written and illustrated by Shoryo Kawada. Tosa Shimizu City, 1987.

—— A record of drifting. Nagasaki: 1852. Text in Japanese.

Perry, Matthew G. Collection of 13 letters from Matthew G. Perry, U.S.N. to Captain Joseph C. Delano, merchant of New Bedford, February to December 1851 – March 1856. ODHS #MSS 64, Series D. Sub-series 19.

Port of Kanagawa, Japan. Entrance and Exit Clearances of the port of Kanagawa for the Isabella (bark) of New Bedford. Moses G. Tucker, master. Documents issued by the port of Kanagawa, 1862. Two sheets. Ink on paper. Text in Japanese and English. ODHS #MSS 55, Box 16.

Preble, George Henry, Rear Admiral, U.S.N. The Opening of Japan: A diary of discovery in the Far East, 1853-1856. Edited by Boleslaw Szczesniak. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1962.

Sewall, John S. The logbook of the captain’s clerk: adventures in the China seas. Bangor, ME: n.p., 1905.

Will, Captain John Baxter. Trading under sail off Japan, 1860-99: The recollections of Captain John Baxter Will, sailing-master and pilot. Edited with a historical introduction by George Alexander Lensen. Tokyo: Sophia University in cooperation with the Diplomatic Press, 1968.

Secondary sources:

Bernard, Donald R. The life and times of John Manjiro. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1992.

Blumberg, Rhoda. Shipwrecked! the true adventures of a Japanese boy. New York: HarperCollins, 2001. Juvenile.

“Commodore Perry’s expedition to Japan,” in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 12, No. 70 (March 1856), pp. 441-466; 733-756.

Fujikawa, Sankei. Hogei zushiki [Whaling, illustrated]. Kobe, Japan: Ushimatsu Inoue,1889. 3 vols.

Hawks, Francis L. Narrative of the expedition of an American squadron to the China Seas and Japan, performed in the years 1852, 1853, and 1854, under the command of Commodore M.C. Perry, United States Navy, by order of the government of the United States. Washington: Beverly Tucker, 1856. 3 vols. Also: New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1857 edition in one volume.

Hogeishi [About whales]. Tokyo: Kozanbo, 1896. Based upon several works of American whaling history including Charles Melville Scammon, Marine Mammals of the Northwestern Coast of North America (San Francisco, 1874) and George Brown Goode, The Fisheries and Fishery Industries of the United States (Washington, 1887).

Houchins, Lee. “John Manjiro, 1827-1898,” in  Abroad in America: visitors to the new nation, 1776-1914. Edited with an introduction by Marc Pachter. Co-edited by Frances Wein. Reading, MA, etc.: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company and the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

Ibuse, Masuji. Jahn Manijiro, the castaway: his life and adventure. Tokyo: The Hokuseido Press, 1941.

Kaneko, Hisakzau. Manjiro: the man who discovered America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1956.

Kawasumi, Tetsuo. “John Manijiro: how he conquered his destiny and lived among foreigners,” in Rekishi kaido (Sept. 1991).

—–“John Manjiro tells you how to learn foreign language at the age of fifty,” in Sarai (Aug. 20, 1992).

——The Manjiro memorabilia. Tokyo : Shogakukan, 1990.

——Nakahama Manjiro Shusei. Tokyo : Shogakukan, 1990.

—–“The story of John Manjiro,” illustrated by Iwamoto Kyusoku, in Kochi shibun, serialized for publication in 60 installments, 1 Jan.-13 Mar. 2001. Photocopy. Text in Japanese.

Lewis, William S. and Naojiro Murakami. Ranald MacDonald: The Narrative of his early life on the Columbia under the Hudson’s Bay Company’s regime; of his experiences in the Pacific Whale Fishery; and of his great adventure to Japan; with a sketch of his later life on the Western frontier, 1824-1894. Spokane, Washington: Eastern Washington State Historical Society, 1923.

Millicent Library. The presentation of a Samurai sword… to the town of Fairhaven. Fairhaven, MA: The Millicent Library, 1926.

Miyanaga, Takashi. A man called John Mung: the life of Manjiro Nakahama, a Japanese castaway. Tokyo: Shueisha publishers, 1994.

Miyoshi, Masao. As we saw them: the first Japanese embassy to the United States (1860). Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979.

Nichols, M. Leona. Ranald MacDonald, Adventurer. Caldwell, Idaho: The Caxton Printers, Ltd., 1940.

Okahata, James H., ed. A history of Japanese in Hawaii. Honolulu: The United Japanese Society of Hawaii, 1971.

Palmer, Aaron Haight. Documents and facts illustrating the origin of the mission to Japan, authorized by government of the United States, May 10th, 1851; and which finally resulted in the treaty concluded by commodore M.C. Perry, U.S. Navy, with the Japanese commissioners at Kanagawa, Bay of Yedo, on the 31st of March, 1854. Washington: Henry Polkinhorn, 1857.

Plummer, Katherine. The shogun’s reluctant ambassadors: sea drifters. Tokyo: Lotus press, 1984.

Tripp, Job Carver. “A Japanese student in Fairhaven,” in Old Dartmouth historical sketches, # 40 (1914).

Warriner, Emily V. Voyager to destiny: the amazing adventures of Manjiro, the man who changed worlds twice. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., Inc., 1956.

The Welcome John Mung Society. “See! Sea! She!” : The story of John Mung : an adventure in friendship, illustrated by Arthur Moniz. Tokyo: Sogensha Suppan Co., Ltd., 1992.

Winslow, C[harles] F[rederick], M.D. “Some account of Capt. Mercator Cooper’s visit to Japan in the whale ship Manhattan, of Sag Harbor,” in The Friend, Vol. 4, No. 3 (February 2, 1846), pp. 17-20.

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