Item #66684 Master Humphrey's Clock [The Old Curiosity Shop; Barnaby Rudge]. George CATTERMOLE, Hablot BROWNE, illustrators, Charles DICKENS.
Master Humphrey's Clock [The Old Curiosity Shop; Barnaby Rudge].
Master Humphrey's Clock [The Old Curiosity Shop; Barnaby Rudge].
Master Humphrey's Clock [The Old Curiosity Shop; Barnaby Rudge].

Master Humphrey's Clock [The Old Curiosity Shop; Barnaby Rudge].

London: Chapman and Hall, 1840-41. [English Literature] FIRST EDITION in book-form. Complete in three volumes, bound as one. Large octavo (26 x 18cm). With in-text illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne. Contemporary brown half calf, recently re-backed with the original spine laid over. Gilt titles to burgundy label on spine, and marbled paper over boards. All edges and endpapers marbled. Quite a well-thumbed copy, gently toned throughout with some light occasional spotting. Heavy wear to original binding, now restored to an attractive, robust condition. Very good. 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 #66684

Podeschi; Gimbel Catalogue. Eckel [p67], Grolier Exhibition, Slater; Suzannet Catalogue. Collins; Dickens and Crime (1962).

Price: £150.00

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