SOUTHERN ILLUSTRATED NEWS--RICHMOND, VA, JULY 25, 1863

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Vol. 2/ No. 3. 8 pages, measuring 11.75 x 16.5”, with cover illustration. Exhibits moderate soiling and chipping round lower margins. Else good plus and entirely legible.

Front cover features illustration and biographical sketch of Rebel Gen. William Loring. Page 19 contains a review of British actress Fanny Kemble’s memoir of her life “On a Georgia Plantation,” which was scathing in its view of southern slavery. This issue also contains a response to the Harper Weekly piece, “A Typical Negro,” which featured an illustration of the famed image depicting the scarred back of a former slave, which had been recently published on July 4, 1863. In this issue The Southern Illustrated cites the Harper’s Weekly piece and responds by saying that “A more palpable falsehood was never published by any Yankee paper.”

This paper was launched in Richmond in September 1862 to provide the kind illustrated news which Harper’s Weekly and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated had provided southern readers prior to the outbreak of war. Although the magazine was unable to live up to its title by providing many illustrations, much less of quality, nonetheless it managed to stay afloat in Richmond through October 1863. Highly collectible, and especially with its reply to Harper’s Weekly concerning “The Typical Negro” image. Scarce.  [sr]

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