LA ILUSTRACION

Periodico Universal.

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Tomo 1-8 (comprising nos. 1-409, out of 9 vols. published till no.436). Madrid, Marzo 1849-1856. Folio; bound in 7 contemp. bindings (not uniform, mostly.rubbed h. leather) and 1 modern binding. Profusely illustrated (ab.5000 woodengravings).

The first Spanish illustrated weekly, in the style of the French 'Illustration' and the 'Illustrated London News'. Directed by Don Angel Fernandez de los Rios. Issues of 8 pp., each with woodcut illustrations in the text, from the second year onw. enlarging to half- and often full-page illustrations, of Spanish but also of European interest. Collation of the set is very difficult because of frequent mistakes in the pagination, but apart from 2 issues in which we could ascertain that a few pages are missing, the set makes the impression of being complete; some browning and paperspotting due to the quality of the papers; some sporadic tears repaired with tape, but generally a set in good condition. This periodical was the precursor to 'La Ilustracion Espanola y Americana'.