"The Illustrated London News No. 1529. - Vol. LIV...",
Subject: Suez Canal, Egypt
Period: 1869 (published)
Color: Black & White
11.3 x 15.8 inches
28.7 x 40.1 cm
This issue of The Illustrated London News was published March 13, 1869, and features two maps, four engravings, and an in-depth article focused on the Suez Canal, then under construction. The first map, Plan of the Harbour of Port Said, and the Mediterranean Entrance of the Canal (5.0 x 6.1"), is a detailed plan of the northern terminus of the canal, locating various basins and other sites of interest, including the famous Light-house of Port Said, which would have been in progress at the time. Below this plan is the second map, Plan of the Maritime Canal, with the Small Fresh-Water Canal (9.3 x 3.5"), which zooms out and shows the entire length of the canal and its surroundings. In addition to these maps, four striking engravings are included that provide a glimpse into the region: The Isthmus of Suez Maritime Canal: Workmen Loading Dromedaries (9.4 x 8.1"); The Isthmus of Suez Maritime Canal: Breakwater at Port Said, and Mediterranean Entrance to the Canal (13.5 x 9.6"); Lake Menzaleh (9.4 x 6.0"); and The Pelusian Plain (9.4 x 5.9"). The magazine contains several other engravings, including a portrait of the newly elected President Ulysses S. Grant and a full page showing helmets and shields on display at the Great Exhibition Palace in South Kensington at the time.
Clean and bright, with one sheet loose from the original string ties and minor extraneous creases on a few pages.