Rutland, Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1973. First Tuttle Edition, Sxith Printing. Softcover. Used - Good/Very Good. Some toning/foxing to edges. Publisher's gold price insert inside front cover. Creases to spine. Binding tight and square. Wraps well-preserved. 11 x 18 cm. 494 pp. Item #12346
William Adams (24 September 1564 – 16 May 1620), known in Japanese as Miura Anjin (三浦按針: "the pilot of Miura"), was an English navigator who, in 1600, was the first Englishman to reach Japan during a five-ship expedition for a private Dutch fleet. Of the few survivors of the only ship that reached Japan, Adams and his second mate Jan Joosten were not allowed to leave the country while Jacob Quaeckernaeck and Melchior van Santvoort were to go back to the Dutch Republic to invite them to trade. Adams and Joosten settled in Japan and became two of the first ever (and very few) Western samurai.