DescriptionCharles Dickens. Master Humphrey's Clock. ... With Illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne. London: Chapman and Hall, 1840[-1841].
First edition in book form. Three large octavo volumes in two (9.75 x 6.5 inches; 243 x165 mm.). [2, illustration], [2, title to vol. I], [i-ii, dedication], [iii]-iv ["Preface"], 306, 228; [2, illustration], [2, title to vol. II], [2, illustration], [v]-vi ["Preface to Barnaby Rudge"], 229-306, 426 pages. Bound without vol. III title and vol. II preface.
Contemporary diapered calf, rebacked using red-brown leather, retaining original gilt morocco spine labels. Single fillet gilt borders, five raised bands, tan endpapers, edges sprinkled red. Scattered light foxing and soiling. Some wear to board extremities. Lower corners with small bits of loss, exposing inner pasteboard. Leather along lower front joint of vol. I starting (but board still holding tight). Leaf K1 in vol. I with a four-inch horizontal tear from upper fore-edge, affecting cut on recto and five lines of text on verso. Overall a good copy.
A charming copy of Master Humphrey's Clock, comprising The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge. Originally issued as a three-volume set, apparently an early owner rebound the set in two, rearranging several leaves, and omitting the vol. III title (and vol. II preface).
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