London: Chapman and Hall, 1840. FIRST EDITION of Barnaby Rudge, The Old Curiosity Shop, and Master Humphrey's Clock. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with a further sixty-two plates by Thomas Sibson and four rare plated by Jacob Parrallel. Title page notes 'Illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne' with no mention of Sibson. Three volumes, quarto (26 x 17cm). Recent half green calf to style, with marbled sides and edges. Occasional spotting, some browning to plates as expected (not heavy), exterior is fine. A most unusual illustrated First Edition in Book Form; originally a weekly periodical edited and written entirely by Charles Dickens from April 4, 1840-December 4, 1841; Narrator Master Humphrey was a lonely man who lived in London. He keeps old manuscripts in an antique grandfather clock by the chimney-corner, and decides to start a little club, called Master Humphrey's Clock, where the members, including Mr. Pickwick himself, have a penchant for telling stories. In the book, several short tales are recounted, followed by the novels 'The Old Curiosity Shop', which follows the life of the beautiful and virtuous Little Nell and her Grandfather, and 'Barnaby Rudge', Dickens first effort at historical fiction, set during London's non-Popery 'Gordon' Riots (Protestant rallying against the Roman Catholic Relief Act, 1778). Item #51629
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