Richard Cocks

Richard Cocks (1566–1624) was the head of the British East India Company trading post in Hirado, Japan, between 1613 and 1623, from its creation, and lasting to its closure due to bankruptcy.

He was baptised on 20 January 1565 at St Chad's, Seighford, Staffordshire, the fifth of the seven children of Robert Cocks of Stallbrook, yeoman, and his wife, Helen. He was apprenticed in London and became a member of the Clothworkers' Company.

During his time in Japan, he wrote a very detailed diary, relating the history of the trading post, the situation of Japan at the time, and the activities of English merchants in Japan, among whom was also the English pilot and samurai, retainer to Tokugawa Ieyasu, William Adams, with whom he wrote he had visited the residence of the Imperial Fleet Admiral, under orders from the Shogun, to discuss the possibility, required logistics, and outcome of an invasion of the Philippines in 1616. The surviving documents of the trading post (letters, accounts and journals) are a unique source of first-hand accounts of Early Modern Japan through secular Western eyes.

After the trading post was closed in 1623, Cocks sailed for England on the ''Anne Royal'' but died and was buried at sea on 27 March 1624 in the southern Indian Ocean. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Cocks, Richard
Published 1722
printed: and sold by the booksellers of London and Westminster

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by Cocks, Richard
Published 1722
printed: and sold by the booksellers of London and Westminster

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by Cocks, Richard
Published 1721
printed for John Clark, at the Bible and Crown in the Poultry, near Cheapside

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by Cocks, Richard
Published 1727
printed for J. Roberts, near the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane; and A. Dodd, at the Peacock, without Temple-Bar

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by Cocks, Richard
Published 1722
printed: and sold by the booksellers of London and Westminster

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by Cocks, Richard
Published 1723
printed for John and Barham Clark, at the Bible and Crown in the Poultry, near Cheapside

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by Cocks, Richard
Published 1722
printed: and sold by the booksellers of London and Westminster

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by Cocks, Richard
Published 1717
printed by Samuel Palmer, and sold by J. Roberts, at the Oxford-Arms in Warwick-Lane

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by Cocks, Richard
Published 1722
printed for J. Roberts, in Warwick-Lane; A. Dodd, without Temple-Bar; and J. Fox, in Westminster-Hall

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by Cocks, Richard
Published 1722
printed for John Clark, at the Bible and Crown in the Poultry, near Cheapside

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by Cocks, Richard
Published 1723
printed for John and Barham Clark, at the Bible and Crown in the Poultry, near Cheapside

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by Cocks, Richard
Published 1717
printed by Samuel Palmer, for J. Clark, at the Bible and Crown in the Poultry, near Cheapside