Henry Matthew Brock
10.2 x 11 cm. vignetted.
Dickens's The Holly-tree Inn, title-page.
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Dickens's The Holly-Tree Inn, originally published in Household Words, Extra Christmas Number, December 1855. "The Guest," "The Boots," and "The Bill," parts one, three, and seven respectively, were by Dickens, the other contributors being his chief collaborator, Wilkie Collins, William Howitt, Adelaide Anne Procter, and Harriet Parr ("Holme Lee"). The colourful frontispiece, with snow scene of the inn and a carriage, suggests a chronological setting prior to the Railway Age. In later editions, the book is entitled The Holly-Tree Inn in Three Branches, so that the first part is entitled "The First Branch — Myself," rather than "The Guest." Thus, the motif on the title-page involves three branches of a holly-tree. There is a discrepancy between the frontispiece, in which the coach has two horses, and the title-page vignette, in which the coach has four horses.
Relevant Illustrations from Earlier Editions
Left: Harry French's character study of the kindly Boots when he was a gardener on the Walmers estate and Master Harry, The Holly Tree Inn (1871). Centre: Harry Furniss's realisation of the arrival of the runaway children at the Yorkshire inn, Arrivals at The Holly Tree (1910). Right: Harry Furniss's realisation of the maids at the inn listening at the door of the children's room, Servants at The Holly Tree (1910). [Click on images to enlarge them.]
Above: E. A. Abbey's realisation of the scene in which the maid and the boots lead the children to their room, "There's Love Lane" (1876). [Click on the image to enlarge it.]
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