The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit - Charles Dickens, F. Barnard (illustrator) 1872 - Harper & Brothers, New York - Household Edition A handsomely bound edition of Dickens’ satirical comedy of hypocrisy, selfishness, and greed, the picaresque story of young Martin Chuzzlewit who, together with the scheming architect Pecksniff, journeys to America to seek his fortune. With 59 illustrations by Frederick Barnard and the text in double columns.

‘Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he’s well dressed’.

As much of
Martin Chuzzlewit was inspired by Dickens travels in America in 1842, which left an unfavourable impression on him, he includes in this edition a Postscript quoting a speech given to 200 representatives of the Press of the United States of America, at a dinner given to him in New York in 1868. In this he lays out his admiration for the people of America, and a copy of which he promises to include in every on of his works published in the United States in which he has referred to America.
  The Household Edition - In 1871, the year after Dickens’ death, Chapman and Hall published Oliver Twist, as the first volume in the Household Edition, playing on the public’s fond memories of Dickens’ magazine Household Words. Over the next eight years the edition grew to 22 volumes. It was reset in large type on a quarto page, and furnished with entirely new illustrations by a fresh set of artists. These illustrations were in addition to reproductions of previously published illustrations by Phiz and others, the complete 866 illustrations were also published in 1908 as a separate volume. In New York the Household Edition was published by Harper & Brothers, who, for seven titles, substituted Chapman and Hall’s British illustrators for their own American illustrators.

Frederick Barnard (1846-1896), British illustrator and artist who studied in London and Paris, and is chiefly remembered for his work on David Copperfield, The Christmas Books, Martin Chuzzlewit, and A Tale of Two Cities in this Household Edition.

Provenance: Iris Buch, with her name in pencil and dated 1914.

References: Boyd, ‘My Favourite Dickens: Martin Chuzzlewit’
The Guardian 2011. Penguin Classics. Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens, 209. Dickens and His Illustrators. The Victorian Web.

Quarto (binding size 24.8x18cm), pp. 350 [1 (Postscript)] [3].
  Finely bound in three-quarter burgundy morocco over matching marbled boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, all edges trimmed.   Condition: Near fine, one or two spots and marks to toned pages, in fine binding.   Ref: 110152   Price: HK$ 2,800