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The Graphic; An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper; Volume 54, June - December 1896

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The Graphic; An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper; Volume 54, July - December 1896. A bound set of 6 months of The Graphic magazine in a typical library binding.


The Graphic was a British illustrated newspaper issued weekly, which ran from 1869 to 1932. The Graphic contained fantastic quality engravings, by many of the leading artists and illustrators of the day, and the writing was of an equally high standard, notably including George Eliot, Thomas Hardy and Anthony Trollope. It covered many topics including News home and abroad, The Arts, Sport, Legal cases, and 'Amusements'.

Even to those unfamiliar with the title, you will almost certainly have seen its pages grace the film sets of many a Victorian drama. It provides a fascinating insight into the way the British middle and upper classes viewed the world in Victorian times - very much a product of 'The British Empire'. The images are beautiful and the advertisements depict a bygone age. The publication is often used by researchers to provide information about life in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, leading into the early part of the Modern era.

Issues of The Graphic are surprisingly uncommon, as so many have been completely pulled apart in order to sell individual images, so it is lovely to find a large run like this.

Published by The Graphic Illustrated Weekly Newspaper, London, 1896.

Large format hardback bindings with cloth and leather spine and corners. Covers are heavily worn - bumped and rubbed with some splitting to outer hinges and inner joints, making a loose binding (which is not unusual for volumes of this weight). Inside, most of the text pages are actually very good. They are generally clean and in nice condition for a weekly of this age. There will be flaws - occasional page tears, foxing, stamp, creasing or loose page, but still a wonderful item to have.

Of particular interest to our clients with interest in Asia, would be the issue featuring Li Hongzhang, Marquess Suyi (李鴻章; also Li Hung-chang; 15 February 1823 – 7 November 1901). Also, for anybody who thought electric cars were a novel idea, they should read the article on 'Electric Cabs for London' here. These cabs were actually in service in London in 1897!

Prelims + 820pp + some unnumbered Supplementary plates + approx 46ppp of Supplements at the rear.

Weight - A substantial Volume weighing approximately 7.8kg unpacked.

Dimensions - The volume is approximately 410mm high x 315mm wide x 70mm deep.