Hard Cover. London: Chapman & Hall, 1840. First Edition. Near Fine.
Illustrated by George Cattermole and Hablot Knight Browne. First edition, first issue, with all the issue points called for by Smith. 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 attractive set, with some wear and light fraying spine ends; internally, very clean with a few minor spots, former owner bookplates to front pastedown of each volume. An unrestored set, much nicer than usually found. 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.