1841. With Numerous Illustrations by Cattermole and Browne. Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1841. Original purple-brown vertically-ribbed cloth, with spine lettering and vignette in gilt. First complete American Edition in book form. In 1840-1841 Lea & Blanchard issued in monthly parts THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP (as the first novel within "Master Humphrey's Clock," as in the U.K.); during serialization an edition containing the first twelve of the 21 parts was issued, with the title page dated 1840 and stating that there are 59 illustrations. At the conclusion of serialization, complete-novel copies dated 1841 were issued, as here. (There was another 1841 issue (Smith's "B") that has a portrait of Dickens and other minor differences; also, there would be later copies dated 1841 or 1842, with a different frontispiece illustration and with the additional mention of the illustrator Sibson.)~This copy (Smith's "A") begins with a frontispiece multi-scene plate (no portrait of Dickens), opposite a printed 1841 title page as shown above; this constitutes the first American edition of THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP. Following is another title page, reading "MASTER HUMPHREY'S CLOCK... with Ninety-One Illustrations by George Cattermole and Hablot Browne" -- with the verso blank (no Dedication). Then follows a Preface leaf and a List of Illustrations leaf. THE OLD CURIOSITY SHOP ends on page 359, followed by the "Other Tales" -- four pages of material designed to transition into BARNABY RUDGE.~This copy is in the original purple-brown vertically-ribbed cloth (Smith's variant B), and is in near-fine condition (spine a little faded, minor cover soil, but very little wear). Smith pp 159-164 (the illustration is of this copy); Podeschi (Yale) A61; Carr (UTexas) B153.
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