Hard Cover. London: Chapman and Hall, 1840. First Edition. Very Good.
1840-1841. Illustrated by George Cattermole and Hablot Knight Browne. First edition, first issue, with all the issue points called for by Smith (notably, this copy was printed with all the punctuation that Smith notes "may" be missing in some copies). Three volumes. Publisher's dark grayish brown bold-ribbed cloth, each volume with both boards decorated in blind with a rococo design, front boards with an intricate clock design centrally stamped in gilt, spines decorated and lettered in gilt, hair vein-marbled endpapers and text block edges. A very good set with wear to extremities and a touch of loss to the cloth at spine ends and corners, spines slightly shaken, a few faint spots to boards, front pastedowns with bookplates, Vol. I with some splitting to the exterior of the rear hinge, still generally sturdy, Vol. III with some splitting to spine ends. Overall, a lovely set, rare in the original cloth. 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 woodblock prints designed by Hablot Knight Browne (figure pieces) and George Cattermole (architecture), including a unique frontispiece for each volume. Notably, this title is most often found in a custom leather binding, rarely retaining the original publisher's cloth.