The Graphic. An Illustrated London Newspaper:

Volume 38 July to December 1888

London: The Graphic. 1888 Stock Code: 121358
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Half-yearly volume of this popular illustrated paper covering the period of the "Autumn of Terror". Contains nine pieces of relevance: the first notice of the killings is on September 29, "Coroners' Inquests and the Detection of Crime, In the case of the late horrifying murders in Whitechapel, some persons have alleged that the Coroner's Court exceeded its legal functions by making an unnecessarily exhaustive inquiry" (p.334); October 6 1888, "The Recent Murders the Double Event, September 30 - As these horrifying incidents occupy nearly every Londoner's thoughts and conversation, the exclusion of almost every other public topic, it would be misplaced squeamishness to avoid reference to them here" (p.358), & "Wife-Beaters - A somewhat vehement champion of woman's rights has written to the papers to show that the Whitechapel outrages are in some way connected with the lenient sentences often passed on men who have been proved guilty of shocking cruelty to women (Florence Fenwick Miller, letter to the London Daily News, Oct. 'Woman Killing Not Murder' (p.359)". October 13, "Murder Panic - Unless as is only too possible, another horror should be perpetrated with impunity, the existing panic will gradually subside As for 'Jack the Ripper', we venture to believe him to be a rank fraud. Her is probably laughing in his sleeve at the thought that his letter - conceived in the 'Arry vein - has gained him a wider notoriety than if he had written the best novel of the season" (p.378); November 17, "Sir Charles Warren Warren - The resignation of the Commissioner of Metropolitan Police leaves a void which it will take an exceptionally strong man to fill in a satisfactory manner"; "The Latest East End Atrocity Mary Jane Kelly - Even if the murders of Christmas "Fairy Fay" and of August 7th Tabram be excluded as not certainly belonging to the same series, there still remain five butcheries all apparently perpetrated by one and the same individual" (p.510), & "Criminal Literature - If it be immoral to read the biographies of such bygone worthies as Greenacre and Rush, is it not equally wrong to gloat over the doings of the Whitechapel fiend?" (p.511); December 1, "The New Commissioner ofd Police - Mr. Monro brings excellent qualifications for the anxious and responsible post to which he has been appointed" (p.562); December 8, "The New Commissioner of Police - Mr. James Monro who was last week appointed to the Chief Commissionership of the Metropolitan Police our portrait is from a photograph by Elliott and Fry" (p.594, portrait at p.600). Provides excellent social context for the events of late 1888.

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Folio. Original blue cloth, title gilt to the spine, and to the front board in an elaborate gilt panel.


Wood-engraved illustrations throughout, with the colour Christmas supplement.


A little rubbed and soiled, spine a touch sunned, neatly restored at the extremities and on the joints, hinges repaired, text-block mildly toned, corner of one advertising leaf cut away, remains very good.


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