The Graphic Christmas Number; 1878-1883

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Size (WxDxH): 12.25 x 1 x 16.75 inches
Medium: Antiquarian Book
Edition: First Edition


The Graphic Christmas Number. Collection of 6 folio Christmas issues 1878, 1879, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1883. The Graphic was a British weekly illustrated newspaper, first published in 1869 by William Luson Thomas's company Illustrated Newspapers Ltd. The Graphic covered home news and news from around the Empire, and devoted much attention to literature, arts, sciences, the fashionable world, sport, music and opera. Royal occasions and national celebrations and ceremonials were also given prominent coverage. Each year has 34 pages. 1883 includes a story by Thomas Hardy. A fine collection of coloured wood engraved plates, several double page.

Background History:
Thomas's brother Lewis Samuel Thomas was a co-founder. It was set up as a rival to the popular Illustrated London News. William Luson Thomas was a successful artist, wood-engraver and social reformer. Exasperated, even angered, by the unsympathetic treatment of artists by the world's most successful illustrated paper, The Illustrated London News, and having a good business sense Luson Thomas resolved to set up an opposition. His illustrated paper, despite being more expensive than its competition, became an immediate success.
The influence of The Graphic within the art world was immense; its many admirers included Vincent van Gogh, and Hubert von Herkomer. The founder Thomas recruited gifted artists including Luke Fildes, Hubert von Herkomer, Frank Holl, and John Everett Millais. Writers for the paper included George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, H. Rider Haggard and Anthony Trollope.

Poor condition, but still contains many beautiful illustrations. 1st Edition. Contemporary red cloth. With printed title slip on upper cover. Worm holes in cover, and on some of the pages. The covers of all the issues are not included in the folio and begin on page 3, except 1882, which begins on page 19. In the 1878 edition, pages 25/26, 27/28 are missing. In 1879 page 19/20 is missing. Page 25 is torn, and has at some time been repaired with tape. In 1880 9/10, 11/12 are missing. In 1881 pages 21/22, 23/24 are missing. Page 25 is torn, and has at some time been repaired with tape, and the bottom of the page is torn with part of the text missing. In 1881 page 29/30 is missing. In 1882 page 29/30 is missing. The pages after 17 of 1883 are missing.