London: Chapman and Hall, 1840-41. [Englight Literature] FIRST EDITION in book-form. 3 volumes, quartos (25 x 17 x 9cm). With illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne. Elegantly bound in half brown oasis morocco over marbled paper-covered sides, gilt titles, raised bands, top edges gilt. A few minor marks within as expected, exteriors as new. A near fine set in attractive recent leather bindings. 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 #61208
Podeschi; Gimbel Catalogue. Eckel [p67], Grolier Exhibition, Slater; Suzannet Catalogue. Collins; Dickens and Crime (1962).
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