Dombey and Son

Harry Furniss

1910

13.3 x 8.8 cm, framed

Dickens's Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail, and for Exportation, Vol. 9 of the Charles Dickens Library Edition, facing the title-page.

In the Charles Dickens Library Edition, Furniss complements his usual engraved title-page, Characters in the Story, with twenty-eight "original plates" of the collection's characters and situations. These thumbnail images relate directly to Furniss's full-page illustrations in this volume. A important connection between the thumbnails to the right and the frontispiece to the left is little Paul's specially constructed armchair, which repeats in miniature his father's seat of power, implying that he will be the heir to this merchant prince. [Commentary continues below.]

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Scanned image and text by Philip V. Allingham.

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