Hard Cover. London: Chapman & Hall, 1840. First Edition. Very Good.
Illustrated by George Cattermole and Hablot Knight Browne. First edition, first issue, with all the issue points called for by Smith. Three volumes bound in one. Bound in contemporary three-quarter brown calf over matching marbled boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt with a contrasting red title and author label, all edges marbled, marbled endpapers. A good copy with wear and rubbing to the extremities, hinges cracked and holding; internally, very clean and bright with only some light scattered spots, else very good. 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.