The Clockmaker; Or The Sayings And Doings Of Samuel Slick Of Slicksville.
Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street.
THREE VOLUMES. 12mo. 5 x 7.75 inches. [First Series]  + 329 pp'; Second Series, [vi] + 354 pp.; Third Series, [vi] + 309 +  pp. Half titles, First and Second Series removed by binder. Bound in original half morocco over marbled boards; spine in compartments with raised and decorated gilt bands with contrasting maroon morocco title labels, gilt. All edges marbled. Extremities lightly worn and fly leaves browned with occasional foxing elsewhere; otherwise a very good clean set. Armourial bookplates of Robt. H. Alexander, Brandfold, Kent. Folded autographed letter from author, pasted on to second free endpaper. Illustrated by 13 plates, including three frontispieces, engraved by A. Hervieu (French book illustrator, c. 1794-active until 1858, who moved to England, 1823). Three decker satirical novel about the humorous adventures of Sam Slick, a character who originally appeared in the Novascotian magazine and went on to have several further adventures in novels. The first to appear was The Clockmaker (1836), followed by the Second Series in 1838 and the Third in 1840 (this latter copy being a first edition). Thomas Chandler Haliburton, (1796-1865) was a judge in Nova Scotia but became better known as an author, the first from what later became Canada, to become an international best-seller with The Clockmaker series. He settled in England in 1856 and served as MP for Launceston, 1859-65. Copy from the library of Robert Henry Alexander (1838-1901), of Brandfold, Goudhurst. The house was demolished 1927-30.
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