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Master Humphrey's Clock
Chapman & Hall, London 1840 - This tale provided the framework, which was soon abandoned, in which Dickens set his novels 'The Old Curiosity Shop' and 'Barnaby Rudge'. Originally it formed a periodical under the title of 'Master Humphrey's Clock' and issued in weekly parts - Master Humphrey being the narrator from his clock-side in the chimney corner. We offer here a first edition in three volumes, uniformly bound in contemporary half leather with blue marbled sides and plain blue endpapers - titling in gilt on new green leather labels .The first volume bears the date September 1840 and the subsequent volumes March and November 1841 respectively. The first volume, including the first 37 chapters of 'The Old Curiosity Shop', comprises frontispiece, title-page, dedication page, Preface and 306 pages of text illustrated throughout with line engravings; the second volume, including the remaining 36 chapters of the 'Old Curiosity Shop' and the first 12 chapters of 'Barnaby Rudge', comprises frontispiece, title-page, Preface and 306 pages, also illustrated with engravings in text; and the third volume, containing the final 70 chapters of 'Barnaby Rudge', comprises frontispiece, title-page, Preface and 426 pages of illustrated text.The condition of the set in detail is as follows - digital photos available upon request: The joints of the spine of Volume I have been strengthened with the insertion of new leather - the top of the spine is somewhat chipped and the leather corners are all bumped and worn, particularly the top corner of the front board where the leather has split on the tip. The original marbled sides are a bit rubbed and worn. The text is slightly foxed and somewhat darkened as are the edges of the page block.Volume II has been repaired at head of spine with the insertion of fresh leather where it had been chipped.The corners are slightly bumped and worn and the marbled sides are a bit rubbed.The condition of the text is similar to Volume I. Volume III has been rebacked and the inner hinges have been strengthened with Japan tissue.The corners are bumped and worn - particularly the top corner of the back board where the tip has been chipped with loss of some leather.The frontispiece is a little ragged on the foredge, while the text is similar to the other volumes. Notwithstanding detailed points noted, the set looks quite bright and remains in reasonable condition for its age overall - it is not as heavily foxed as are many first edition examples of the works of Dickens. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Canon Gate Books]
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