London. George C. Leighton. 1875.
Firmly bound volume, three-quarter leather, 16 x 12 inches, 607 pp., index to engravings. Overseas editions of the paper on lighter paper, with the term "Foreign Postage" and "Registered at the General Post-Office for Transmission Abroad" printed on the masthead. The volume is illustrated throughout with black and white wood-engravings, single and double page, and with numerous fold-out supplements. Two of the twenty five "Extra Supplements" listed in the index are not present: one of Bishop Coleman and one of Reynard's Holiday. Pages 543-546 appear never to have been bound in; pages 601-612 are bound slightly out of order. Two inch triangular tear to sheet 509/510. Several of the papers were apparently folded at one stage, and there is occasional light creasing, but overall the issues are in very good condition. Light foxing to endpapers. Topics include: CHINA: Chinese Funeral Customs, the Tomb of Yung-Lo, Ming Tomb; Chinese at San Francisco; Peace between China and Japan. Map of the Proposed Route to China from British Burmah. INDIA: article on the Duffla Expedition "The British Indian province of Assam, north east of Bengal, is situated along the course of the grat river Brahmapootra. Its more easterly districts border on the wild regions of hill and forest, inhabited by savage tribes whose very names were till lately unknown. Who had ever heard of the Looshais or the Dufflas, twenty years ago?..." ASSORTED: Views on the Slave Coast, East Africa. Much on the Civil War in Spain. Much on the Arctic Expedition (including a dramatic view of preparation of the ships in Portsmouth dockyard and a "Map of the Smith Sound Route to the North Polar Sea. Drawn by E.G. Ravenstein...." The Oxford and Cambridge Boat-race: Bird's-eye View of the Course. American Sketches: Sunday on the Union Pacific Railway. American Sketches: Saloon of a Steam-Boat. New Volcano on Camiguin Island, Mindanao, Philippines. Views in the Admiralty Islands and in New Guinea from the voyage of H.M.S. Challenger. Sketches in Iceland (with a half page view of Reykjavik). The Solar Eclipse Observatory, in the Nicobar Islands. An attractive and profusely illustrated volume with many unusual full-page and folded illustrations. Item #53413