Title: The Illustrated London News (Complete Double...
Publisher: Herbert Ingram, London, England
Publication Date: 1854
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: Fair
Edition: First Edition
Overview and condition: complete double issue number containing pages 637-684 including two Supplements; previously disbound from bound volume; light narrow waterstain along upper edges of most pages (to blank margins only and not affecting pagination); double-page fold-out engraving detached but present and is split down the middle; narrow staining along folds (to blank margins only). Rich with spendid engravings throughout for most feature articles and primary news items, lengthy regular columns, all containing detailed reportage of London, local, domestic, colonial, and foreign news and events, history, politics, law and crime, economics, trade, architecture, personalities, art, theatre, and music. Highlights of this issue include: lead article The Foreign Soldiers Bill; Return of the Baltic Fleet (with front cover engraving "Weather in the Baltic - Bows of H.M. Corvette 'Cruiser"); news updates The War in the Crimea (with subheadings Hostile Symptoms in the Principalities; The American President's Message); Mr. Bright and His Constituents; Reminiscences of the War on the Danube (continued from the previous issue); The Late Lord Frederick Fitzclarence, G.C.H. (with portrait engraving); short Freetown, Sierra Leone (with engraving "Departure of the Ex-Governor from Freetown, Sierra Leone"); short Wrecks of the "Melbourne" (Steamer) and the "Caduceus" (with engraving); Captain William Hutcheson Hall, R.N. (with portrait engraving and engraving "Russian Pony and Sheep Brought From Bomarsund, By Captain Hall"); Toys Made by Russian Prisoners of War, Exhibited in the German Fair (with engraving); The National Gallery - New Pictures (with two engravings of art works "The Coronation of the Virgin" and "The Adoration of the Shepherds"); The Christmas-Tree at the Crystal Palace (with large, splendid engraving); Austria and the Western Powers; Notes on Siege Operations and Field Fortifications (continued from the previous issue); Clouded Tigers, at the Zoological Society's Gardens, Regent's Park (with engraving); Westminster Play (with engraving "The Westminster Play - Scene from Terence's 'Eunuchus,' Act 1, Scene 1"); The Birmingham Grand Military Trophy, and Concerts of Sacred Music, for the Benefit of the Patriotic Fund (with engraving); Winter Dress for the Troops in the Crimea (with engraving); The Birmingham Poultry Show (with full page engraving); Christmas Supplement to the Illustrated London News, 1855  including short story The Cook's Story, or, How the Plum Pudding Was Made (with engraving); short poems Charade No. I (which begins "My first is found wherever MAN is found, On earth, in air, or water - underground") and Charade No II; one-act play A Pleasant Hour; poem The First Christmas Morning by Cuthbert Bede; Paul Gerretz Rembrandt, Commonly Called Rembrandt Van Ryn, or Rhyn (with engraving of his art work "Jacob's Dream"); engraving "Bringing Home the Yule Log"; engraving "The Christmas Dole"; short story Richard Brading, A Story of a Man Who Kept a Promise, by Shirley Brooks (with illustration); full-page engraving "Charles the Second Knighting the Lion of Beef" Drawn by Gilbert; engraving "Cutting the Ashen Fagots; Devonshire"; engraving "Christmas Trees in Covent Garden Market"; Christmas Cheer and Cheeriness, by Cuthbert Bede; short story Christmas Day Among the Bricks; The Mistletoe-Seller by Angus B. Reach (with engraving); lengthy poem Christmas, by Shirley Brooks; engraving "The Christmas Guest" (of a small bird on a sill); engraving "Christmas Eve in Britany"; engraving "The Star in the East - The First Christmas Morning"; Sparks From Our Christmas Log, by J. Stirling Coyne; Acting Charades ("A Christmas Evening without a good frolicking game of Acting Charades is simply a Christmas evening lost! gone!! thrown away!!!"); Captain ("A Charade in Three Acts"); engraving "A Child's Dream of Twelfth Night" Drawn by Charles Keene; humorous engraving "Very Fond of It" Drawn by John Leech (a rider on a snowy day. Bookseller Inventory # 007467
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