First Edition of Charles Dickens' Master Humphrey's Clock; with pages from the original serial tipped in to to each volume
Master Humphrey’s Clock.
Item Number: 95116
London: Chapman and Hall, 1840.
First edition of this collection of short stories which originally appeared as a weekly periodical of the same name. Large octavo, 3 volumes, bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised gilt bands top edge gilt, marbled endpapers, engraved frontispiece in each volume, illustrated by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne. From the library of Virginia bibliophile and historian Christopher Clark Geest with his bookplate to front pastedown of each volume. Tipped in to the front and rear of each volume is an extensive collection containing pages from a number of the original Master’s Humphrey’s Clock serials in addition to several period reviews and article related to Dickens. In near fine condition. A unique example containing the stories in their original form.
Master Humphrey's Clock originally appeared in the form of a weekly periodical, published between April of 1840 and December of 1841. Entirely written and edited by Dickens, the magazine included both short stories and two novels (The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge). Many of the short stories acted as frame stories to the novels, and although Dickens' original artistic intent was to keep the short stories and the novels together, he himself cancelled Master Humphrey's Clock before 1848, and described in a preface to The Old Curiosity Shop that he wished the story to not be tied down to the miscellany it began within. Most later anthologies published the short stories and the novels separately. However, the short stories and the novels were published in 1840 in three bound volumes under the title Master Humphrey's Clock, which retains the full and correct ordering of texts as they originally appeared.