Master Humphrey’s Clock...With Illustrations By George Cattermole and Hablot Browne.

Master Humphrey’s Clock...With Illustrations By George Cattermole and Hablot Browne.
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London: Chapman and Hall, 186, Strand, MDCCCXL-MDCCCXLI (1840-41). Three vols. bound in two, large 8vo., iv, [1]-306; [1]-228; vi, 229-306; vi, [1]-426 pp., 196 woodcut engravings including textual, frontispieces and initials. Contemporary half-calf, marbled boards, backstrip with gilt rules and black morocco title strips, all edges marbled. Boards edges are rubbed, scattered foxing, light-blue stains on pp. 218-220 of volume one, otherwise very good. First edition thus. After completion of the periodical the whole was bound in a three volume set, seen here in a contemporary rebinding. 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. Podeschi A51. Eckel 61-65. Hatton and Cleaver 163-182. (Item Id: 108350)

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