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1841. DICKENS, Charles, Master Humphrey's Clock, s/2, Volumes 2 and 3, FIRST EDITION, Chapman and Hall, Leather, Marbled Paper, Illustrated

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  • Vintage from the 19th century

1841. DICKENS, Charles, Master Humphrey's Clock, s/2, Volumes 2 and 3, FIRST EDITION, Chapman and Hall, Leather, Marbled Paper, Illustrated

With Illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne, Originally Three volumes

First edition of this collection of short stories which originally appeared as a weekly periodical of the same name. Three quarters leather over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised gilt bands, marbleized paper edges, marbled endpapers, 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.

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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.

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The books themselves are beautiful and exactly what I expected to receive, after reading the "about seller” portion of the shop I assumed that they’d take better care when packaging the books. The books were thrown in a box and taped shut. Not wrapped in paper or filled with shredded newspaper to keep them from bouncing around. I was VERY upset to find that 5 out of 11 of the books spines broke off during shipping and the boxes were filled with pieces of the books covers crumbled off. I expected wear and chips as the books are very old. It arrived on time but as far as the method in which they shipped I’d give 0 stars. EDIT- THE ISSUE ENDED UP BEING ON THE PART OF UPS AND SELLER PROMPTLY/KINDLY REFUNDED 75% OF THE PURCHASE. ID BE GLAD TO BUY FROM THEM AGAIN. THE SELECTION OF BOOKS IS GREAT AND OVERALL BOOKS ARE BEAUTIFUL

Brindi Dec 6, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

This set is exactly what I have been looking for. Many of the books are in perfect to near perfect condition. Those that aren't were easily repairable, and the damage just from age. Overall, this set is absolutely marvelous, and I hope I can manage to keep it that way. Most of the books even came with the insert that summarizes the history of the book. The books arrived within a week, and were very nicely and carefully packaged. The seller even paid for insurance on the packages for me.

Andy Feb 8, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Loved this item! Bought for my mom because I somehow lost the ones we had. A nostalgia buy. Only issue is I wish I had been told how fragile the box/case was, because it absolutely fell apart upon my mom opening the package and touching it. Luckily, she didn’t want the box but I was a little bummed. My only complaint, but not a big problem.

meagansparkles May 22, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

The book was in excellent condition. I started buying this particular set when I was 20. I am now 69 and The Little Lame Prince was the last one of 45. It is very satisfying to have the entire set.

milamkatherine Jul 2, 2021

Listed on Nov 16, 2022