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    Charles Dickens. Master Humphrey's Clock. London: Chapman and Hall, 1840-1841. First edition in book form. Three octavo volumes. [viii, including dedication leaf], 306; vi, 306; [iv], 426 pages. With 198 engraved illustrations per Smith, including frontispieces to all three volumes. In addition, an inserted plate by Sibson faces page 1 in volume 1, titled "Quilp separating the Combatants" (foxed). Original dark brown ribbed cloth with gilt clock vignettes on each volume and ornate floral border in blind, gilt titles and decoration on the spine. Edges sprinkled red. Later reddish-brown endpapers. Very small binder's ticket from the Workman Bookbindery in Dursley affixed to each front pastedown. Boards worn at the corners and spine ends, with rubbing to the panels. Some edges bumped. Spines sunned. Occasional light foxing, else a sound set with the gilt still bright. Near fine condition. From the Victor Gulotta Collection.

    More Information:

    "Master Humphrey's Clock was originally published in 88 weekly numbers, beginning with No. 1 on April 4, 1840, and ending with Nos. 87 and 88 (separately) on November 17, 1841. Every fourth or fifth week the textual portion of the weekly numbers was collected into a single monthly part and distributed in that form. There are 20 monthly parts (April 1840-November 1841), 8 of which consist of 5 weekly numbers each, and 12 of 4 weekly numbers each. After the monthly parts, Master Humphrey's Clock was issued in three volumes with yellow endpapers and with marbled endpapers and marbled edges. The next sequence in the publishing history of Master Humphrey's Clock was the issuance of its two novels, The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge, as separate volumes with and without the Master Humphrey data. Chapman and Hall then continued to publish further issues of the two novels from the first edition plates" (Smith I, p. 57, note 3).

    "The first volume of Master Humphrey's Clock was published on October 15, 1840; the second April 12/15 1841; and the third December 15, 1841. Vols. I and II, 8s. each; Vol. III, 10s. 6d. The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge were published as separate novels on December 15, 1841, each in one volume" (Smith I, p. 47, note 4).

    Eckel, pp. 67-70. Gimbel A51. Smith I, 6.



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