London. George C. Leighton. 1872.
Volume LXI. Three-quarter leather bound volume, January through June 1872 year of The Illustrated London News. Black and white illustrations, 640 pp., 16.25 x 11 inches. Tightly bound volume with perished lower portion of leather spine. Most centerfolds tipped in. One color plate. Index at front. A number of issues state: Printed on Thin Paper for Foreign Postage; consequently, there are fold lines to some issues resulting from overseas mailing. A number of issues have been bound in an eccentric (to be polite) manner; Supplements to several issues (including August 3 and August 10) not present while other issues find the Supplement bound prior to the issue it is intended to supplement, or otherwise misplaced. Tears to several pages but contents overall in good condition, clean and bright. The volume features full-page illustrated material of considerable interest including extensive illustrated coverage of the Far East, with numerous full and double page images. Several full page and tipped-in double-page illustrations relate to the Imperial Wedding in China while other full page illustrations celebrate the opening of the first steam railway in Japan. Additional full or or tipped-in double page illustrations (hereafter TDP) relate to the meeting between Stanley and Livingstone in Africa (plus a half page map showing Livingston's explorations). Further illustrations include the Diamond Diggings in South Africa (TDP); also present is a front page depicting a diamond Sorting Table. Additional views include London Bridge swarming with vehicles and pedestrians (TDP); the City of Salisbury (TDP); a Bird's-Eye View of Boston (TDP) plus much coverage of the great Boston fire. Needless to say, there is much, much more by way of illustrated material. In sum, a most interesting volume with contents in good condition offering stunning illustrations on a wide variety of topics. Item #50718