1840 Master Humphrey's Clock
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First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding
The first edition of this work in book form, it was previously published in parts.
Complete as three volumes in two.
'Master Humphrey's Clock' was a weekly periodical, containing the frame story of Master Humphrey, and short stories.
This periodical showcased the first appearance of Barnaby Rudge, and 'The Old Curiosity Shop', which was featured as a short story before going on to be expanded into a novel.
Each volume is illustrated with a frontispiece and in-text engravings.
Dickens is one of the most popular authors of the Victorian age. His novels show the grimy side of poverty and prosperity in Victorian England, showing poor social conditions alongside repulsive characters.
Illustrated throughout by George Cattermole and Hablot Knight Browne, better known as Phiz.
Prior owner's ink inscription to the recto to the front endpapers.
In a half calf binding with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, smart. Light rubbing to the boards and spines. Minor surface cracks to the spines. Small amount of loss of paper to the rear board of Volume II. Front hinge of Volume I is starting but firm, rear hinge is strained. Front hinge of Volume II is strained, rear hinge is starting. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned with some spots.
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