Browne, Hablot Knight. Hard Cover. London: Chapman & Hall, 1840-1841. 1st Edition. Very Good.
First edition. Three volumes. Volume I published in 1840, volumes II and III published in 1841. Illustrated by George Cattermole and Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz). Bound in quarter light brown polished calf, with blue marbled boards, five raised and gilt-tooled bands to the spine, blind tooling to the spine panels, contrasting leather labels with gilt lettering to the spine. Each volume with wear and minor chipping to the extremities, light toning to the spines, light rubbing to the boards, some spotting to the endpapers, some light scattered spotting throughout, former owner's signatures to the front pastedowns and front free endpapers, spines starting inside the front covers (very minor in Volumes I and II, slightly more in Volume III). Volume I with the former owner's signatures to the rear pastedown and rear free endpaper. Volume II with the frontispiece incorrectly bound into the text block after the title page. Volume III with tiny abrasion to the spine head, minor residue from a bookseller's plate to the front pastedown. Overall, a very good or better and sturdy set. Smith I 6. Originally published in the form of weekly periodicals, 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. It is illustrated with black and white wood block prints designed by Browne (figure pieces) and Cattermole (architecture), including a unique frontispiece for each volume.