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 fifth volume, entitled The Old Curiosity Shop, represents Dickens's third novel, run serially in his own weekly periodical Master Humphrey's Clock (4 April 1840 through 4 December 1841). Furniss illustrated the uncollected pieces separately as Master Humphrey's Clock for volume 6 of the Charles Dickens Library Edition (1910).
The final volume of the 1910 Charles Dickens Library Edition is The Dickens Companion: A Book of Anecdote and Reference. For all thirty-two illustrations in Volume V, The Old Curiosity Shop, the series editor, J. A. Hammerton, has included both succinct captions and extended quotations to demonstrate the textual moment realised in each; moreover, each quotation refers to a specific page number, thereby enabling the reader to find the passage illustrated. Although each page is 12.2 by 18.4 cm (4.75 by 7.25 inches) and the caption below each in upper-case, and below that occurs a multi-line quotation in upper and lower case, each plate is effectively 14.3 cm by 9.2 cm (5.5 inches by 3.25 inches), the vertically-mounted illustrations usually being framed, and the horizontally-mounted illustrations being vignetted. The volume also contains the short novel Hard Times, but Furniss provided only two illustrations to accompany it: Gradgrind (frontispiece) and Characters from Dickens (engraved title). Of the five chief nineteenth-century illustrated editions that preceded Furniss's 32-illustration volume in 1912, only three had long programs exclusively produced by a single artist: Sol Eytinge, Jr. (1867), Thomas Worth (1876), and Charles Green (1876).
Thirty-two Illustrations for The Old Curiosity Shop (1910)
Numbers refer to chapters in Roman and pages in Arabic.
- Nell and Her Grandfather Frontispiece
- The Characters in the Story Engraved Title-page
- Kit Chapter I: facing 8
- Fred Trent visits his Grandfather Chapter III: facing 24
- Quilp Chapter IV: facing 33
- Quilp watches Nell comforting her Grandfather Chapter X: facing 64
- Quilp in Little Nell's "Bower" Chapter XI: facing 80
- Mr. and Mrs. Garland have trouble with Whisker Chapter XIV: facing 97
- The Wanderers Chapter XV: facing 112
- Codlin and Short in the Churchyard Chapter XVII: facing 128
- The new Visitors to the Jolly Sandboys Chapter XVIII: facing 137
- Kit and Barbara at Abel Cottage, Finchley Chapter XXII: facing 161
- The Schoolmaster Chapter XXIV: facing 176
- Mrs. Jarley takes Tea on her Caravan Chapter XXII: facing 192
- Mrs. Jarley's Waxworks
Chapter XXVIII: facing 208
- A Card Game at the Valiant Soldier Chapter XXXI: facing 225
- Mrs. Jarley exhorts the Public to be in Time Chapter XXXII: facing 241
- Quilp looks into the Attorney's Parlour Chapter XXXIII: facing 256
- Dick Swiveller hears the Marchioness say "No" Chapter XXXVI: facing 272
- Night on the Barge Chapter XLIII: facing 321
- The Marchioness Chapter XLVIII: facing 352
- Quilp on his Hammock Chapter L: facing 368
- Little Nell in the Old Church Chapter LIII: facing 385
- The Sexton shows Little Nell the Old Well Chapter LV: facing 416
- Dick Swiveller and the Marchioness Chapter LVII: facing 424
- "Away with Melancholy" Chapter LVIII: facing 432
- Quilp vents his Spite on the Figure Head Chapter LXII: facing 449
- The Fallen Brass Chapter LXVI: facing 480
- Sally Brass under Examination Chapter LXVI: facing 489
- The Last of Quilp Chapter LXVII: facing 504
- Blushing little Barbara Chapter LXVIII: facing 513
- The Death of Little Nell Chapter LXXI: facing 544.
Principal Illustrated Editions of the Novel prior to Furniss's
- The Old Curiosity Shop Illustrated: A Team Effort by "The Clock Works" (1841)
- Phiz, Cattermole, and Maclise: 72 Illustrations for The Old Curiosity Shop (25 April 1840-6 February 1841)
- Frontispieces to the three-volume edition of Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop, illustrated by Felix Octavius Carr Darley in the James G. Gregory (New York) Household Edition (1861-71)
- The Old Curiosity Shop by Sol Eytinge, Jr. in the Ticknor-Fields Diamond Edition (1867)
- The Old Curiosity Shop by Thomas Worth in the American Household Edition (1874)
- The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Green in the British Household Edition (1876)
- The Old Curiosity Shop by W. H. C. Groome in the Collins' Clear-Type Press Edition (1900)
- Dickens's The Old Curiosity Shop (homepage)
- The Old Curiosity Shop Illustrated: A Team Effort by "The Clock Works"
- Illustrated Editions of The Old Curiosity Shop
- Kyd's Characters from Dickens (1889)
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