Kate Greenaway, et al. (illus).
London. George C. Leighton. 1879.
Two three-quarter leather bound volumes, 16 x 12 inches; January--June 620 pp; July--December 612 pp; index at front of each volume. Tipped-in centerfold illustrations. A number of newspapers have the term "Foreign Postage" printed beside the masthead on the front page. Also, a number of issues have a circular stamp about one inch in diameter identifying US library ownership and a date of acquisition.
The January to June volume is tightly bound with contents in good condition, save for damage to two color plates. Of considerable interest in an ongoing illustrated series titled Rise and Progress of Illustrated Journalism, which documents origins in the early 1600s. There is extensive coverage of the Anglo-Zulu War (1879) and the concluding months of the Second Anglo-Afghan War (1878-1880). Also, coverage of events that anticipate the first Boer War (1880). There are many double-page illustrations associated with the Zulu and Afghan Wars by artists such R. C. Woodville and Overend; one a massive fold-out pertaining to the Afghan conflict on sheet size 22 1/4 x 30 inches (tear in margin enters image 1 1/2 inches).
Other illustrations depict examples of the Electric Light; Her Majesty's trip to Italy; the University Boat Race; Chinese Fortune Teller; the Dutch Arctic Expedition; Pitcairn Island; and much more. An exceptional volume dealing extensively with British military engagements in far-flung regions of the world, enhanced with exceptionally fine illustrations. Volume overall in very good condition, with tears to some pages.
The July to December volume are tightly bound with contents in good condition, save for damage to a color plate in the Christmas Number ("The Darling's Better") by Miss Edwards and another color plate ("Views on the Rhine") in the August 23 Supplement. Sheet 91/92 has been cut out, and there are tears with paper loss to the edges of several pages. Pages 215/6, 223/4, and 17-32 from the Christmas Number are bound slightly out of order. In very good condition is the double-page "Christmas at Little Peopleton Manor" by Kate Greenaway and two other single-page color plates. There is also a full-page black and white Greenaway, "The Juvenile Christmas Party," in very good condition, and a full-page black and white F. Bernard illustration of Dickens' "Mr. Pickwick." The six month collection of weekly issues and numerous supplements places great textual and pictorial emphasis on the Zulu war in Africa (1879) and the second Anglo-Afghan War in Afghanistan (1878-1880). Greatest emphasis is placed on reportage relating to the Zulu war, with numerous double-page illustrations recording the major battles between the British and the Zulu whose King, Cetewayo, was ultimately forced to surrender. One of the most impressive of these illustrations is the black and white "March to Ulundi," which unfolds to 13 1/4 x 41 inches. Afghan illustrations depict Cabul, Candahar, Afghan military, and various military engagements. Other illustrations include the "new steam-ship Orient," which operated on the UK-Australia route; yacht racing; two pages depicting the premises of the Illustrated London News in London; new machinery featured at the Royal Agricultural Society's International Exhibition; Coursing; Irish Sketches; Sketches of Gypsy Life; Torpedo Warfare; Eddystone Lighthouse; an illustration showing recent inventions which include Edison's telephone; and much more. Item #53213