Auction 148, Lot 737

"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.


Condition: A

Clean and bright, with one sheet loose from the original string ties and minor extraneous creases on a few pages.

Estimate: $100 - $130

Sold for: $75

Closed on 2/19/2014