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Master Humphrey's Clock

By Dickens, Charles




Master Humphrey's Clock was an ambitious weekly literary magazine published by Dickens himself. Lasting only from 1840 to 1841, it spun off some major works, including "The Old Curiosity Shop" and this collection of stories and sketches. The narrator is Master Humphrey , not "churlish" and not a "misanthrope", who describes his daily life and his encounters with vivid characters including Mr. Pickwick. The clock is his old companion, where he stores manuscripts.


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Master Humphrey's Clock

DICKENS Charles

1840. First Edition . DICKENS, Charles. Master Humphrey’s Clock by “Boz.” London: Chapman and Hall, 1840-41. Eighty-eight weekly parts. Quarto, original white pictorial wrappers. Housed in two custom half green morocco slipcases and chemises. $4800.First edition of Master Humphrey’s Clock in original weekly parts, including The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge. Illustrated by George Cattermole and Hablôt Knight Browne (“Phiz”).When Dickens conceived of this work, he “had already written his preface to [Nickleby], in which for the first time he adopts that fond and agreeable tone towards his audience which he wished to continue” in Master Humphrey’s Clock, “his aim being, he said, that of ‘…one who wished their happiness, and contributed to their amusement.’ Here is Dickens as the man of feeling, uniting all his readership in a concord of affection and brotherhood” (Ackroyd, 291). “Dickens feared that his readers had become weary of stories in monthly issues on account of the lapse of time between the numbers. At the request of Chapman & Hall he outlined his plans partially in a letter… The new [weekly] venture began… with a circulation of 70,000, but this fell so quickly that the original project was abandoned and a [monthly] serial was begun in the fourth number under the well-known title of ‘The Old Curiosity Shop” (Eckel). This is the first of four original forms of publication of Master Humphrey’s Clock: (1) 88 weekly parts, (2) 20 monthly parts, (3) a three-volume edition (“triple-decker”), and (4) separately bound volumes of The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge. The weekly edition is the most scarce and desirable form. Each weekly number was issued on a Saturday as a single folded sheet of 16 pages (including wrappers), uncut and unopened. “Every fourth or fifth week, the text portion of the weekly numbers was collected, and made up into a single part, each being bound in green wrappers, and these constituted the monthly parts” (Hatton & Cleaver). Master Humphrey's Clock is the first time wood-engravings were used as a medium in place of etchings on steel. The cover illustrations were engraved by Landells from designs by George Cattermole. Hablôt K. Browne (“Phiz”) provided 154 of the 198 in-text illustrations. Browne illustrated this work as it was being written— not having the advantage of reading and analyzing the book before making his preliminary drawings (Hodnett, 110). Eckel, 67-70. Hatton & Cleaver, 163. Gimbel A49. From the library of John M. Schiff.Some modest occasional curling to fore edges, wrappers remarkably clean with only light soiling. An excellent copy of this rare first edition in original weekly parts.

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Master Humphrey's Clock - 3 volumes

Dickens, Charles

London: Chapman and Hall, 1000. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 7" X 10. Original bound edition in 3 volumes, Complete, Illustrations by George Cattermole & Hablot Browne. Dark blue cloth boards with gilt lettering and device to the spine. All page edges are gilt. Volume 1 - MDCCCXL (1840), 306 pages - General bumping and soiling to cloth boards, shelf wear to top & foot of spine. Internally , a modern libris plate to back of front board. Small square discoloration (old tape) on flyleaf. Rear of title page, dedication page and front of preface page has staining. Some light staining internally Otherwise Tight & Clean. Volume 2 - MDCCCXLI (1841), 306 pages - General bumping and soiling to cloth boards, Internally there is a modern libris plate to rear of front board. Small split (1.5") at foot and top of rear guttering. some light foxing to endpapers otherwise Tight & Clean. Volume 3 - MDCCCXLI (1841), 426 pages - General bumping and soiling to cloth boards Light wear to top & foot of spine. Internally the remains of an libris plate which has been removed from the reverse of the front board. Some foxing to end papers. Otherwise Tight & clean. Master Humphrey's Cloak was a weekly periodical edited and published by Charles dickens between April 1840 and December 1841. originally published a s a weekly serial they contained both short stories and two novels, "The Old Curiosity shop" and "Barnaby Rudge". This set is an Original Cloth Bound Edition.

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MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK

Dickens, Charles

Chapman & Hall, London. Used - Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside.

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MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK

Dickens, Charles

Chapman & Hall, London. Used - Acceptable. Ships from the UK. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside.

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Master Humphrey's clock.

Dickens, Charles.

London: Chapman & Hall 12mo (26.2 cm, 10.3"). 3 vols. I: Frontis., [2], iv, 306 pp.; illus. II: Frontis. (incl. in pagination), vi, 306 pp.; illus. III: Frontis. (incl. in pagination), vi, 426 pp.; illus.. 1840 First book-form edition of Dickens's weekly periodical — a variety of pieces gathered under a framing device of a storytelling circle led by Master Humphrey and the other members of his club. The serial marked => the first appearance of Barnaby Rudge, as well as of the enormously popular The Old Curiosity Shop, which more or less took over the author's original design of focusing on articles and sketches. The three volumes are => illustrated by George Cattermole and Hablot "Phiz" Browne with numerous in-text engravings, displaying the former artist's skill with architecture and views and the latter's with humor and character. Publisher's ribbed maroon cloth, covers with blind-stamped floral and arabesque frame and front covers with gilt-stamped clock vignette, spines gilt extra; extremities rubbed, spines faded, joints tender with some starting from extremities, cloth showing small splits at joint and spine extremities, each volume now housed in a maroon cloth chemise and the trio in a matching box. Front pastedowns with small, attractive institutional bookplate; vol. III with small area of abrasion from now-lacking bookplate. Pages faintly age-toned with a very few scattered light spots, overall pleasingly clean. Vol. III with small nick to upper outer edge of first few leaves. => An attractive item of Dickensiana, with two of the author's most significant illustrators splendidly represented.

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Master Humphrey’s Clock

DICKENS, CHARLES

London: Chapman and Hall, 1840-1841. First Book Edition. Three volumes; publisher’s gilt-decorated cloth; aside from some minor scattered foxing and very slight wear, a fine set.

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MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK,

DICKENS, Charles.

London: Chapman & Hall, 1840. First Edition. Hablot Browne. Three volumes, bound in publisher's cloth stamped in blind and gilt. Some bumped and rubbed, spine worn on volume two. A good set in the original binding. Eckel, p. 69. Podeschi A51. Smith 6. Master Humphrey's Cloak was a weekly periodical edited and published by Charles dickens between April 1840 and December 1841. originally published a s a weekly serial they contained both short stories and two novels, "The Old Curiosity shop" and "Barnaby Rudge"

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MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK

Dickens, Charles

1840. [a handsome copy] With Illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne. [In Three Volumes.] London: Chapman and Hall, 1840/-41/-41. Original blind-stamped purple-brown cloth with gilt-decorated spines and front covers. First Edition in book form of THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP and of BARNABY RUDGE. After NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, Dickens decided that all his future novels would be issued as loosely-connected tales presented by one Master Humphrey; furthermore, serialization would be weekly, and with illustrations printed within the text rather than on separate plates. MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK was initially issued in 88 weekly (and also grouped as 20 monthly) parts; the three volumes in cloth were accordingly published separately, at intervals of about seven months. Simultaneous with the publication of Vol III, MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK was divided and issued as two separate one-volume novels -- at which time Dickens gave up on the experiment, and reverted to the old formula (monthly serial parts, with separate plates) for MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT and subsequent novels.~This set is in the primary (and usual) binding, with the gilt front cover clock whose hands point to the appropriate volume number. We have seen copies of MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK with several variations of endpapers: marbled, light coffee-brown, pale yellow, and (as here) plain white. The page edges are plain (some copies with marbled endpapers also have marbled edges). Subscribers to serial parts could have them bound into this "original publisher's cloth" at a multitude of places, so variations of endpapers and edges are many.~The condition of the volumes is near-fine: there is very slight wear at a few extremities and some of the endpapers are cracked, but there is none of the usual fading of the spines, the cover gilt remains nice and bright, and there is scarcely any foxing within. In all, quite a desirable set. Smith I pp 44-57.

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Master Humphrey's Clock

Dickens, Charles, Illustrated by Cattermole & Browne

London:: Chapman and Hall,, 1840. 3/4 Geen Morocco. Excellent. 8vo. The First Edition in a wonderful, decorative contemporay green morocco binding over marbled boards and marbled edges. Contents show some very light, occasional foxing. Bindings are rubbed and corners show wear. But a lovely set notwithstanding.. 3 Volumes.

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Master Humphrey's Clock

Dickens Charles

Slipcased, near fine copy of Master Humphrey's Clock. 3 vols. 4to. 306 pp., 306 pp., 426 pp. Bound in original brown boards, with tooling, and gilt spine, and gold embossed "clock" on front cover. All boards are gorgeously tooled with gilt rules and inner floral dentelles. All have marbled endpapers. There is some moderate wear to the boards; the corners of boards have bumps; The original gilt-stamped, brown, cloth binding from the front board and from the spine is neatly bound into each volume at the conclusion of the text. The cloth from each front board features a gilt-stamped clock whose hand points to the hour which represents the volume number. With black-and-white illustrations by Hablot K. Browne ("Phiz") and George Cattermole, engraved on wood by E. Landells, C. Gray,Vasey, and S. Williams. Daniel Maclise and Samuel Williams each prepared one illustration. This first edition, three-volume set is in excellent condition: clean, tight and bright throughout

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MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK (being, OLD CURIOSITY SHOP and BARNABY RUDGE)

Dickens Charles

London: Chapman and Hall, 1840, 1841. 3 volumes. First edition. With 198 drawings by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne. Royal 8vo, bound in handsome period three-quarter tan calf over marbled boards, the borders ruled in blind, the spines very handsomely decorated with wide raised bands gilt decorated, compartments decorated with gilt panel designs incorporating fine central ornamental pieces, two compartments gilt lettered over maroon morocco labels, all edges marbled. iv,306, vi, 306, vi, 426. A handsome and well preserved set, internally quite clean and fresh with very little aging, the bindings in a fine state of preservation. MASTER HUMPHREY’S CLOCK was initially an experiment on Dickens’ part. He originally intended it to be a miscellany which would contain a continuous narrative linked by reminisces of the narrator, Master Humphrey. He outlined his goals in a preliminary letter to Chapman and Hall: “To introduce a little club or knot of characters and to carry their personal histories and proceedings through the work; to introduce fresh characters constantly; to re-introduce Mr. Pickwick and Sam Weller; [xxx] to write amusing essays on the various foibles of the day as they arise; to take advantage of passing events; and to vary the form of the papers by throwing them into sketches, letters from imaginary correspondents, and so forth, so as to diversify the contents as much as possible.” Dickens would use ideas from the outline of this form in several succeeding books. As the originally-conceived miscellany, MASTER HUMPHREY’S CLOCK failed to gain a substantial readership, so the project was quickly abandoned, the story transformed into a serial, and the character of Master Humphrey himself abandoned as a narrator in the midst of THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP. According to Eckel, the work was published in four distinct forms over the course of its creation: in 88 weekly parts, 30 monthly parts, a three-volume edition, and in separately bound volumes of the two stories, "The Old Curiosity Shop" and "Barnaby Rudge." The three volume sets have become scarce indeed, especially so in such a fine state of preservation. According to Eckel, this work was published in four distinct forms: in 88 weekly parts, 30 montly parts, a three-volume edition, and in separately bound volumes of the two stories, "The Old Curiosity Shop" and "Barnably Rudge." "In the latter form," he states, "all the extraneous 'Clock' matter had been expunged, but was retained in the other forms of publication." The three volume sets have become scarce indeed and especially so in such a fine state of preservation.

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Master Humphrey's Clock

DICKENS Charles

1840. First Edition . DICKENS, Charles. Master Humphrey’s Clock. London: Chapman and Hall, 1840-41. Three volumes. Large octavo, mid-20th century three-quarter polished red calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, burgundy and blue morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. $1700.First edition, bound from parts, with frontispiece plates in each volume and almost 200 in-text illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Knight Browne (“Phiz”), quite handsomely bound by Frost.When Dickens conceived of this work, he “had already written his preface to [Nicholas Nickleby], in which for the first time he adopts that fond and agreeable tone towards his audience which he wished to continue” in Master Humphrey’s Clock, “his aim being, he said, that of …one who wished their happiness, and contributed to their amusement.’ Here is Dickens as the man of feeling, uniting all his readership in a concord of affection and brotherhood” (Ackroyd, 291). Includes The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge. First issued in both weekly and monthly parts. This copy bound from parts, with part numbers printed to the left of each gathering mark. Smith 6. Hatton & Cleaver, 163-64. Eckel, 67-70. Contemporary owner signature to title page of Volume III.Text with occasional light foxing and soiling. Bindings with light scuffing to spine labels. A fine set, handsomely bound.

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MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK,

DICKENS, Charles.

London: Chapman & Hall, 1840. First Edition. Hablot Browne. Three volumes, bound in little rubbed 3/4 calf with leather label, A very good clean set in the original binding. Eckel, p. 69. Podeschi A51. Smith 6. Master Humphrey's Cloak was a weekly periodical edited and published by Charles dickens between April 1840 and December 1841. originally published a s a weekly serial they contained both short stories and two novels, "The Old Curiosity shop" and "Barnaby Rudge"

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Master Humphrey's Clock: Master Humphrey's Clock, The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge (Three volume set)

Dickens, Charles

Chapman & Hall. First edition. Hardcover. Very good. VGC.Chapman and Hall.Three volumes.Vol I (MDCCCXL,1840), Vol II & Vol III (MDCCCXLI,1841).First impression of the first edition of the original parts of Charles Dickens's famous work 'Master Humphrey's Clock.Master Humphrey's Clock, The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge.The highly rare 'Time' plate present to Volume II (in place of the title page and vignette). Large format hardbacks bound in buckram over cloth boards,with gilt edges to the spines(a couple of small nicks and dent on the edges of the covers and spines) in VGC, no Dj cover as issued.Illustrated with b/w plates.Illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne(Phiz).Nice and clean pages but tainted on the outer edges,some foxing marks,creases,nicks and ink marks on the edges of the pages,small tear on the edge of page 241 in vol II,previous owner's name and date written inside the front endpapers for all 3 volumes,small bookshop sticker inside the edge of the front covers,name written on the edges of the title page in vol I & III.The 3 volume set is in VGC for its age with light shelf wear.1038pp including Preface.A collectable and scarce three volume set.Heavy books(approx 2.8 Kg).Photos available on request.

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$1,639.67

Master Humphrey's Clock

Dickens , Charles

LONDON: CHAPMAN AND HALL, 1840. First Edition . FULL CALF LEATHER. Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. text and illustrations bright and clean. Previous owners neat signature on free front end papers. In a period binding which is quite worn along the spines and this is a triple decker that deserves a rebind saving the period full leather boards . Clean binding copy only . Bright strike and high contrast illustrations .

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Master Humphrey's Clock

DICKENS, Charles

London: Chapman and Hall, 1840-41. First Edition in Book Form. Master Humphrey's Clock was planned to be a collection of stories and sketches told by Master Humphrey and his circle of friends, as Dickens outlined in his preface - written in weekly parts over 40 months. The original scheme was not successful, and Dickens altered the format to make Master Humphrey's material a framework for his novels, The Old Curiosity Shop (nos.6-45) and Barnaby Rudge (nos.46-88). Bound from the original parts. 3 tall octavo volumes (26cm); publisher's purple-brown vertical-ribbed cloth, covers decorated with blind border of thick and thin fillets and broad elaborate flower leaf and stem design, with spines lettered and decorated in gilt with five scrolled shields and three leaf-bulb designs; primary binding, with the hands on gilt clocks on each front cover pointing to the hour which corresponds to the appropriate volume number; variant marbled endpapers; [2], [iv], 306; [vi], 306; [vi], 426pp; illus. with three frontispieces and numerous wood-engravings in text by George Cattermole and Hablot K. Browne ["Phiz"]. Previous owner's name ("Mrs. Eden") written in a contemporary hand at center of first blank in each volume; hint of sunning to spines, with spine ends lightly softened; light wear to lower board edges, with brief exposure to lower corners; slight forward lean to Vol.1; Vol.3 expertly re-hinged; occasional finger soil to margins, though generally clean throughout and free of foxing; an attractive, Very Good+ set overall.

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Master Humphrey's Clock

DICKENS, Charles [1812-1870]

London: Chapman And Hall, 1840-41., 1840. 3 Volumes. 8vo. pp. 1 p.l., iv, 306; 1 p.l., [v]-vi, 306; 1 p.l., [v]-vi, 426. 3 frontis., 168 text illus., & 24 figure initials, engraved on wood by E.Landells, C.Gray, Vasey, & S.Williams, after designs by George Cattermole & Hablot Knight Browne. original blind & gilt-stamped cloth (spine ends worn & frayed, rear joint of Vol. III repaired, foxing to endpapers & outer leaves in Vols. I-II). First Edition in Book Form. "This odd mélange which includes The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge, and an elaborate surrounding apparatus, is the pinnacle of Dickensian Gothic. Appropriately enough, it is illustrated with wood engravings in the text rather than full-page etchings, as in Dickens's earlier novels. Phiz, who is in excellent form, predominates, but there are also fifteen engravings after George Cattermole, whose wonderful clutter of antiquarian and architectural details is well suited to Dickens's chosen subjects." (Ray) Smith I 6. NCBEL III 794. Ray, The Illustrator and the Book in England from 1790 to 1914, 60.. F. Hardcover.

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Master Humphrey's Clock

DICKENS, Charles

London: Chapman and Hall. 1840-1841. First. First edition. Three volumes. Bound in 19th Century diced calf, each volume very neatly rebacked. Ruled and titled in gilt. A couple of modest stains to the boards, a little rubbing at the spine, an attractive, very good or better set. Contains The Old Curiousity Shop and Barnaby Rudge. .

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Master Humphrey's Clock

Dickens, Charles

London: Chapman & Hall, 1840 - 1841 Illustrated by Hablot Knight Browne and Cattermole. First edition, first printing, with all of the definitive first issue points called for by Smith. Three volumes. Publisher's brown ribbed cloth, with decorative floral borders in blind to the boards, spines elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt, clock illustrations in gilt to the front boards with the clock hands pointing to the volume number, plain variant endpapers, with black and white wood block prints designed by Browne (figure pieces) and Cattermole (architecture), including a unique frontispiece for each volume. Near fine, with some light wear and rubbing to the extremities, hint of fraying to the spine ends, spines lightly toned, a few light scuffs to the otherwise clean boards, bright gilt, sturdy spines, light spotting to the endpapers, a few faint hints of scattered spotting to the otherwise clean pages, Earl of Potsmouth's bookplates to the front pastedowns, ownership stamps and inscriptions to the front free endpapers; volume I with a faint stain to the rear board and lacking the dedication page. A lovely set, free of any repairs or restoration. Smith I 6. Hatton & Cleaver pp. 161-182. Both Smith and Hatton & Cleaver cite the same succession of endpaper variants: the earliest issues contain yellow endpapers with trimmed edges, while the majority of first editions have Spanish marbled endpapers with all edges marbled. Some first editions have also been noted with variant pale yellow endpapers or plain endpapers. Additionally, Smith notes copies with "mixed endpapers" as well as copies in which "the marbled endpapers found in volume one…differed from those in volumes two and three." This copy of Master Humphrey's Clock has all of the definitive textual first issue points called for by Dickens references; the only points that differ slightly are the punctuation marks on page 220 of Vol. I, page 113 of Vol. II, and page 27 of Vol. III, which Smith says "may" be missing as a result of the battering or wear of a printing block that occurred during the printing of the first issue (they are present in these volumes). Of the 55+ textual misprints that comprise the first issue points, 10 points are similarly non-definitive and should, therefore, not be the sole indicator of a later issue; this set includes three-fifths of the non-definitive points as well as all of the definitive issue points, indicating a true first issue despite any minor deviances (endpapers or otherwise) from Dickens references. Originally published serially in 88 weekly numbers and in 20 monthly parts from April 4, 1840 - November 27, 1841, Master Humphrey's Clock tells the story of the lonely Master Humphrey, who houses his collection of manuscripts in a long clock, and starts a club where members read their manuscripts aloud to one another.. Illus. by Browne, Hablot Knight. 1st Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine.

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Master Humphrey's Clock.

DICKENS, Charles.

London: Chapman & Hall, 1840. First. hardcover. very good(+). Illus. by George Cattermole and H.K. Browne. 3 vols. 4to, early 20th century 3/4 red morocco, all edges gilt; lightly rubbed. London: Chapman & Hall, 1840-41. First Edition in book form. The plates are clean, with none of the usual foxing.

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