Harry Furniss's eighteen-volume edition of The Charles Dickens Library (London: Educational Book Company, 1910) contains some 500 special plates (part of the total of 1200 illustrations) and two volumes of commentary. Volume 17, by J. A. Hammerton, is entitled The Dickens Picture Book: A Record of the Dickens Illustrators. The sixth volume, entitled Barnaby Rudge and Master Humphrey's Clock, represents Dickens's fourth novel, run serially in his own weekly periodical Master Humphrey's Clock (11 December 1841 through 27 November 1841) plus specific illustrations for the periodical material in Clock. Furniss prefaced his short program for the uncollected pieces separately as Master Humphrey's Clock in Volume 6 of the Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910).

Perhaps at the suggestion of his editor, J. A. Hammerton, Furniss illustrated just four uncollected pieces from Master Humphrey's Clock, the weekly periodical in which, in addition to various short stories and sketches, Dickens ran the novels The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge. The final instalment of the Clock appeared on 4 December 1841, which terminated with Master Humphrey's empty chair. The Charles Dickens Edition of 1867 was the first time that Chapman and Hall had collected these sketches and stories. Each monthly volume in that edition contains eight illustrations. The original serial had seven illustrations by the illustrator with antiquarian tastes and a penchant for caricature, George Cattermole, and twelve by the artist who would work with Dickens for twenty-three years, Hablot Knight Browne, or Phiz. These wood-engravings, which were dropped into the weekly text, for the most part describe the narrator's wood-panelled chamber and his ancient furniture, including, of course, his clock-case, as well as the "editor" himself and his numerous guest story-tellers, including the celebrated Mr. Pickwick.

Six Illustrations for Master Humphrey's Clock (1910)

The Chapters in "Master Humphrey's Clock" in Volume VI of the 1910 Edition

Other Illustrated Editions of Master Humphrey's Clock

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