Dombey and Son - Charles Dickens, W. L. Sheppard (illustrator) 1873 - Harper & Brothers, New York - Household Edition, first to be illustrated by Sheppard A handsomely bound edition, with 52 illustrations by William Ludwell Sheppard and the text in double columns.

‘Dombey and Son
is both a firm and a family and the ambiguous connection between public and private life lies at the heart of Dickens' novel. Paul Dombey is a man who runs his domestic affairs as he runs his business: calculatingly, callously, coldly and commercially.

Through his dysfunctional relationships with his son, his two wives, and his neglected daughter Florence, Dickens paints a vivid picture of the limitations of a society dominated by commercial values and the drive for profit and explores the possibility of moral and emotional redemption through familial love.’
  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.

William Ludwell Sheppard (1833-1912) was an American illustrator, painter, and sculptor, who studied in New York and Paris. He is known for his drawings of American Confederate soldiers. Many of his works were published in Harper’s Weekly, and Harpers commissioned him to do the illustrations for their Household Edition of Dickens’ Dombey and Son, whilst F. Barnard produced those for Chapman & Hall in London.

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

References:
Penguin Classics. Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens, 209. Dickens and His Illustrators.

Quarto (binding size 24.8x18cm), pp. 355 [1] [4 (publisher’s catalogue)] [4].
  Finely bound in three-quarter burgundy morocco over matching marbled boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, all edges trimmed.   Condition: Near fine, lighty scattered spots and toning to pages, in fine binding.   Ref: 110153   Price: HK$ 2,500