MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK ... With Illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne. Charles Dickens.

MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK ... With Illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne. London: Chapman and Hall, 1840-1841. Large 12mo, three volumes; pp. [i-v] vi [misnumbered "iv"] [vii-viii] [1] 2-306; [i-v] vi [1] 2-306; [i-v] vi [1] 2-426, three frontispieces, 170 woodcut illustrations and 25 decorative initials, most drawn by H. K. Browne, mid-nineteenth-century three-quarter brown leather and marbled boards, spine richly tooled in blind, with brown leather title and number pieces, brown coated endpapers. First edition. MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK was a weekly magazine Dickens intended as a flexible framework for his fiction and other writing in more frequently published units. Circulation fell quickly and a serial, THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP, began in the fourth issue. BARNABY RUDGE followed and, upon completion of that serial (a total of 88 weekly parts), Dickens returned to the monthly parts format. This is an fairly early copy of the three volume form with the most of the errors called for by Smith. Smith 6. Leather rubbed and scuffed at edges, edges of text block a bit darkened, several stains on page 13 of volume one, minimal scattered foxing, illustrations generally quite clean and sharp, a sound, attractive copy. (#157236).

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