Mäster Humphreys Klocka … Förra [–Sednare] Delen.

Stockholm, Hos. L. J. Hjerta, 1842.

11 parts, 12mo., paginated continuously pp. 617, [1]; 473, [1]; a fine copy, entirely uncut, partly unopened, each part in the original printed blue paper wrappers: ‘Nytt Läsebibliothek. 1842-1843 Årens samling…’, with publisher’s advertisements on the inside covers; from the notable library of Ericsberg Castle, though without marks of provenance.


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First edition in Swedish, very rare, of Master Humphrey’s Clock (1840-1), comprising the framing narrative of short stories, followed by The Old Curiosity Shop (‘Den Gamla Antiqvitets-boden’). Barnaby Rudge, omitted here, was published separately in 1845.

Mäster Humphreys Klocka appeared as issues 10-20 of Hjerta’s ‘New Reading Library’ for 1842-3, other contributions coming from Bulwer Lytton, Merimée, Marryat, etc.

Though his reputation in Scandinavia was less strong than in other parts of Europe and Russia, translations were quick to appear in Swedish: Sketches by Boz in 1840, and Nicholas Nickelby earlier in 1842. Strindberg read Dickens in translation as a youth, and Dickens directly influenced his Red Room (Röda Rummet).

OCLC and COPAC together show BL and Bodley only.

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