EL ZULIA ILUSTRADO. REVISTA MENSUAL. López Rivas, E. (Director). Nº 1 al 39 (all published)
Place Published: Maracaibo (Capital de Zulia, V
Publisher: Imprenta Americana
Date Published: 1888-1891
Pages: 40 x 29.5 cm
Book Id: 106263
ilus., folding map, contemporary half leather with marbled boards
Complete run of the first published periodical in Venezuela, to reproduce photographic images and photoengravings. El Zulia Ilustrado is an elegant journal published on satin paper, with a very interesting content, a design of high quality, no advertisments, and expertly printed. During its run, the magazine included articles by 45 different writers and 108 engravings. It was edited in one of the most sophisticated typographical establishments in America, the Imprenta Americana, owned by the editor-in-chief of the journal, who also authored engravings of extraordinary quality. López Rivas was educated in France, and was a professional draftsman and professor of drawing. Of particular note is an elephant folio folded map documenting property taxes in the city of Maracaibo, a lithographic printing by the Imprenta y Litografía del Gobierno Nacional de Venezuela, between pages 178-9. According to the author, the journal was founded for the purpose of "making Zulia known in the rest of the country and abroad, with all of its productions and natural beauty, and in all of its manifestations of progress." One telling indication of the importance of this journal for the history of Venezuela is the fact that on 25 October 2013 the National Library of Venezuela created an exhibit dedicated exclusively to this periodical. A facsimile was done in 1965 but OCLC only shows 3 libraries with the original edition (Cornell, University of Florida, Oxford). Rare.