London. Illustrated London News. 1857.
Volume XXXI. Bound volume of the weekly newspaper, 16 x 11 inches, 656pp, three quarter leather binding with covers detached and loss to bottom half of leather spine. Light scattered foxing throughout, tear to title page, crease to title page and first page of July 4 edition, long tear to left side of supplement "The Queen Opening Parliament" otherwise contents overall in very good clean condition, including 8 full-page color plates. MISSING pages 445/446, 449/450, 457/458 (October 31-November 7 editions), 489-494 (November 14), 593-600 (December 12), 605/606 (December 19). The first group of four plates are landscapes titled "Sutton, Surrey," "Como, Switzerland," (both after George Barnard) and child portraits titled "Daisy" and "Ada" (both after Alexander Blaikley). The second group of four are titled "Delhi," "Peshawar," "Benares," and "Cawnpore on the Ganges," all four "from drawings by W. Carpenter, Jr." Considerable attention in text and illustration is given to events in China and the Opium War, including "En route for China pp.27-28 with illustrations of "H.M. Gunboat 'Starling' engaging a Battery in Fatsheen Creek, Canton River" and "Discharging Opium from the 'Pekin'", "Sketches from China" p 73-74, 88-89, "The War in China" p.156, p.168; "Sketches from Hong-Kong p.176-177; "The Battle of Fatsham Creek" p.212; "The War in China" p.288. Also "Sketches from Hong Kong," see pp.176 and 177. Extensive coverage also of India and the Indian Mutiny, including an "India Supplement: History of the British Empire in India," with numerous black and white illustrations; see pp.548 & 549 and maps pp. 524 (a particularly nice pictorial map of India) & 572-573. Copious illustrated coverage focusing on Manilla, plus current events such as the Atlantic Cable, Livingstone in South Africa and double-page illustrations including the Louvre and the renowned Great Crumlin Viaduct, dismantled in 1966-1967 (pp.216-217). Item #55699