London: G. Vickers, 1854-55. Hardcover. A double year volume with weekly issues (and supplements for part of the year 1854), illustrated with wood block engravings throughout, including one of the Great Eastern steam ship under construction at Millwall (Vol. XX, Feb. 10, 1855, p361). The Great Eastern iron sailing steamship was designed by Isambard Brunel, and was the largest ship of its era.
The volume contains extensive coverage of the Crimean War, an essay on the Crystal Palace, and essays on the position of women in British society entitled, "Woman- Morally, Socially, Politically, and Legal".
Tall 4to. Volume XX: viii, 400 pp, with the Supplements (for weeks ending July 15, 22; Aug 5, 12, 19, 26; Sept 2, 9, 23, 30 1854) 96 pp; Volume XXI: viii, 416pp. Original dark green gilt decoratively stamped cloth. Rubbed at spine ends; very small areas of loss along spine. Pages and illustrations very bright and clean. Very good overall. Item #25696