Master Humphrey’s Clock By “Boz.”. Charles Dickens.

Master Humphrey’s Clock By “Boz.”

London: Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand, [April, 1840 - November 1841]. 88 weekly parts as issued, large 8vo., 10 1/2” x 7”, [1]-12; 13-24; [25]-36; [37]-48; [49]-60; 61-72; [73]-84; 85-96; [97]-108; [109]-120; 121-132; [133]-144; [145]-156; 157-168; 169-180; 181-192; [193]-204; 205-216; 217-228; 229-240; 241-252; 253-264; 265-276; 277-288; 289-300; iv, 301-306, [2]; [1]-12; 13-24; 25-36; 37-48; [49]-60; 61-72; 73-84; 85-96; 97-108; 109-120; 121-132; 133-144; 145-156; 157-168; 169-180; 181-192; 193-204; 205-216; 217-228; [229]-240; 241-252; 253-264; 265-276; 277-288; 289-300; vi, 301-306, [2]; [1]-12; 13-24; 25-36; 37-48; 49-60; [61]-72; 73-84; 85-96; 97-108; [109]-120; [121]-132; 133-144; 145-156; [157]-168; 169-180; 181-192; 193-204; 205-216; [217]-228; 229-240; 241-252; 253-264; [265]-276; 277-288; 289-300; 301-312; [313]-324; 325-336; 337-348; 349-360; 361-372; 373-384; 385-396; 397-408; 409-420; [4], 421-426, [2] pp., three engraved frontispieces, 170 woodcuts in text, and 25 initials. Original white wrappers printed in black with wood engraved title, uncut, untrimmed. Housed in a custom brown quarter-morocco and brown cloth clamshell case, gilt, with chemises. Apart from the last four numbers which have fairly chipped wrappers, the set is in overall very good clean condition. First edition, first issue of all 88 original weekly parts. Two frontispieces and 130 woodcuts by H. K. Browne, one frontispiece and 38 woodcuts by George Cattermole, one woodcut by S. Williams, and one woodcut by Daniel Maclise. Master Humphrey’s Clock was an ambitious experiment published by Dickens himself, originally conceived to encompass more diverse content rather than the usual serial stories. Due to a drop off in circulation that original project was abandoned and a serial was begun at the fourth number under the title of The Old Curiosity Shop. Hatton and Cleaver 163-182. Eckel 61-65. Thomson 30. Item #108372

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