Date/sequential designation: Began with v. 1 in 1852; ceased with: ser. 3, v. 27, 1879.
Content: "An illustrated journal, combining practical information, instruction, and amusement."
Bibliographic history: From June 1862 to Dec. 1864 a Shilling ed. and a Sixpenny ed. were issued simultaneously. The Shilling ed. comprised, in addition to the Sixpenny ed., a supplement containing fashion plates, patterns, fiction, etc. Beginning with Jan. 1865 the magazine and the supplement were issued together.
Numbering: Vols. for May 1860-1864 called new ser., v. 1-9; vols. for 1865-1879 called new ser. (ser. 3) v. 1-27.