Magazine measures 11.25 x 15 inches and is nearly 3/8" thick. (I'm not sure how many pages as they are not numbered) The magazine includes 100 or more (illustration & painting) reproductions and perhaps as many ads for French products. Many of the the Painting reproductions are printed individually and glued on one end to pages in the magazine, some fold out. The magazine is beautifully printed and includes metallic gold accents and embossing on some of the prints.
L'Illustration was a weekly French arts magazine published in Paris from 1834 to 1944. It was the first French magazine or newspaper to publish a photograph and in 1907, LiIllustration was the first to publish a color photograph.
During the Second World War, L'Illustration was directed by Jacques de Lesdain, a Nazi collaborator, and it became a voice for Nazi propaganda. As a result, it was shut down in 1944 following the Liberation of Paris. Another version re-opened in 1945 under the name France-Illustration, but went bankrupt in 1957.
Click here to view an interesting French site dedicated to L'Illustration.
Condition: The magazine is in fair condition. The binding is tight, though it is worn at both ends of the spine with about an inch of surface loss at each end. The edges of covers are in tact but worn. The interior pages are complete and in good shape. A few of the attached reproductions have come loose from there corresponding pages
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