ILUSTRACIÓN FILIPINA, 1859-1860 By Blas Sierra DeLa Calle
Illustracion Filipina is one of the earliest illustrated publications in the Philippines. The quarterly publication was issued by subscription and produced in limited editions. The publication was short lived due to lack of subscription and support. It was published only for 20 months or only a total of forty-four numbers were ultimately issued. That is why the publication is very much sought after by book collectors due to its rarity.
Although its lithographs are among the earliest ever executed in the Philippines, their quality is remarkable thanks to the contributions of artists like Baltasar Giraudier, who was well known for his writings and lithographic work for other publications such as the Diario de Manila, and C.W. Andrews, an English painter based in Hong-Kong who produced illustrations for Ilustración Filipina on a regular basis.
The book contains full reproductions of the lithographs that appeared in the fortnightly newspaper with corresponding annotations in Spanish.
Binding in rustic softcover editorial with flaps. Edited by Caja España and the Museo Oriental de Valladolid in 2003. ABUNDANT PHOTOGRAPHS, MAPS AND DRAWINGS IN FULL COLOR. 206 pages . Very Good Condition.