Circa 1840 Volume 1-3 of Master Humphrey's Clock by Charles Dickens

£340.00

"Master Humphrey's Clock was a weekly serial that contained both short stories and two novels (The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge). Some of the short stories act as frame stories to the novels so the ordering of publication is important.

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." - Wikipedia

A rare trilogy, these three original books are leather bound with a hand marbled cover, and considering their age they are in wonderful condition, with only a small amount of foxing to the lining pages. 

The hand-bound binding remains intact and this set would make a wonderful addition to any collector of Victorian or Charles Dickens items.

Please note this item is vintage and has been previously used, therefore may show character signs of wear & tear. We will always try to be as honest as possible in our descriptions so please read them carefully.