London: Illustrated London News, 1870. Hardcover. Complete half year volume of this influential and popular illustrated newspaper, with the splendid large folding Supplement panorama of Oxford, dated June 18, 1870, showing the University's colleges, halls & libraries, and rowing regatta on the River Isis in the foreground.
Many fine wood block engravings, including those of colonial India: Duke of Edinburgh at Government House, Calcutta; Tiger Hunting party; Government House at Bombay; Palace at Bhurtpore; Fort Church and barracks at Calcutta; The Hill Tribes Near Peshawur.
China engravings include: the Sin Nanzing, new China Clipper; Scene on the Upper Yang-Tze, China. Hong Kong engravings include: The Landing of the Prince at Hong Kong; The Hong Kong Club illuminated.
Includes 'Sketches of Ireland', a series of illustrations of the Irish poor, showing Victorian anti-Irish sentiment with all of the adults depicted in derogatory fashion, dressed in rags & many barefoot, with the pronounced lower jaws thought by phrenologists of the day to indicate degeneracy. These illustrations include: interior of mud hut and cottagers at Kildare; inhabitants of a bog village; funeral in Connemara; and pig fair County Meath.
Includes full page portraits of famous men: seated portrait of Charles Dickens and Newton "Investigating Light", as well as 3 color folding plates.
Folio volume. Blue green gilt stamped cloth, with a magnificent gilt illustration of two Swiss Guard at entryway, with papal crest above. Covers & spine bit rubbed; spine ends slightly worn. The edge of rear board slightly discolored. Internally, the Oxford plate with two short tears repaired on verso, otherwise very good + condition, with the plates bright and clean. Very good condition. Item #21726