[Death of Queen Victoria] The Manchester Guardian. Special Memorial Number, Including Supplement.
Eight pages plus 12 page supplement. Pages c.650 x 560mm, folded and bound into green morocco boards, large 4to (330 x 305mm), stamped 'Queen Victoria' in gilt on cover. Binding a little rubbed, sheets generally good with usual signs of ageing.
An illustrated supplement commemorating the life and reign of Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901), including her three visits to Manchester. Victoria died at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight from a cerebral hemorrhage on Tuesday 22 January 1901, at the age of 81. Queen Victoria's reign marked the gradual establishment of modern constitutional monarchy. A series of legal reforms saw the House of Commons' power increase, at the expense of the House of Lords and the monarchy, with the monarch's role becoming gradually more symbolic. As Victoria's monarchy became more symbolic than political, it placed a strong emphasis on morality and family values, in contrast to the sexual, financial and personal scandals that had been associated with previous members of the House of Hanover and which had discredited the monarchy. Victoria's reign created for Britain the concept of the 'family monarchy' with which the burgeoning middle classes could identify. The Manchester Guardian was founded in Manchester in 1821 by a group of non-conformist businessmen headed by John Edward Taylor. The prospectus announcing the new publication proclaimed that 'it will zealously enforce the principles of civil and religious Liberty … it will warmly advocate the cause of Reform; it will endeavour to assist in the diffusion of just principles of Political Economy; and to support, without reference to the party from which they emanate, all serviceable measures.' In 1959 it became simply 'The Guardian'. An interesting contemporary record.
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