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The Illustrated London News was collected by individuals and institutions from the outset unlike many other papers which were thrown away. Individuals had the option of a case in publishers cloth (coloured blue in the some with gilt decoration) or instructing the binder to use a different, perhaps cheaper binding. Volumes today turn up in an assortment of bindings: full, half, or quarter and utilising a variety of materials cloth, calf, morocco, roan etc.. The discerning collector would wish to obtain volumes in the original publishers cloth (and in VG to Mint condition). However, it is the content of the volumes that really fixes their value. The Victorian habit of binding periodicals, the high quality of the paper used by the ILN and its relatively high circulations have ensured that many issues remain in circulation to-day. Many libraries in this country own complete runs of the Illustrated London News along with perhaps the Times and Punch and provide an excellent way of getting an overview of its development through the decades.

Here are some examples of the publishers cloth binding with gilt decoration

8 months bound of the first ILN from May 1842 to December 1842

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News Jan to June 1844

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News Jan to Jun 1845

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News1847

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1848

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1851

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1852

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News July to Dec1852

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1853

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News July to December 1858

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1859

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1867

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1868

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News July to December1868

 

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1870

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News July to December1870

 

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1871

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News July to December 1871

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1872

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News July to December 1872

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News July to December 1872 (the spine decoration)

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1873

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News July to December1873

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1874

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1875

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News July to December1875

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1878

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News July to December1878

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1879

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News July to December 1879

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News July to December1880

6 months bound volume of Illustrated London News January to June 1901

 

If you have any pictures of similar volumes I would appreciate the use of them for this site - thank you, John Weedy