Master Humphrey's Clock.London: Chapman and Hall, 1840-41 Stock Code: 148090
First edition in book form of what Gordon Ray describes as "the pinnacle of Dickensian Gothic". He goes on to note that Phiz (H. K. Browne) "is in excellent form" and that George Cattermole's "wonderful clutter of antiquarian or architectural detail is well suited to Dickens's chosen subjects".
Master Humphrey was a publishing experiment on Dickens's part, unique in his canon, of issuing two novels together: The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge. It was issued in both weekly and monthly formats over April 1840 to December 1841, and issued in book form on completion of the volumes.
3 volumes, large octavo (251 x 159 mm). Late 19th-century tree calf by Mansell, twin red and brown morocco labels, spine gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.
Printed frontispieces and 194 woodcut illustrations, of which 154 are by Browne, 19 by Cattermole, and 1 by Daniel Maclise. Vols. II and III extra-illustrated with front wrappers of original weekly part (one in vol. II, two in vol. III), vol. I with a wra
Joints and extremities neatly restored, minor stain to initial blank and wrapper of volume I else contents clean and fresh. An excellent copy.
Eckel, p. 67 ff; Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England from 1790 to 1914, 60; Smith I, 6.
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