William Adams. The Pilot-Major of Gillingham, the first Englishman who Discovered Japan.
Gillingham, (1934). First edition, small 8vo, 40 pp. 3 plates, light spotting to early leaves. Original printed wrappers, signed by Major W.W. Grantham, who contributed a Foreword, on the upper wrapper, some light marks otherwise very good. Adams served aboard a Dutch merchant fleet, and found favour with the Shogun by building him his own ships. Despite long service, he never gained leave to return home and died there in 1620. Item #13298