London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1905. Item #03968
Charles Dickens' The Chimes
Illustrated by C.E. Brock
DICKENS, Charles. BROCK, C.E., illustrator. MORRELL, binder. The Chimes. A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In… With Illustrations by C.E. Brock. London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1905.
First edition with the C.E. Brock illustrations. Small octavo (7 x 4 1/2 inches; 179 x 113 mm.). viii, 167, [1, imprint] pp. Eight full-page color plates and nine black and white drawings in the text.
Bound ca. 1905 by Morrell of London (Stamp-signed on verso of front free end-paper), Three-quarter cream vellum over pink cloth boards ruled in gilt, spine decoratively tooled in gilt, red morocco spine label lettered in gilt, marbled end-papers, top-edge gilt.
A near fine and partially uncut copy.
C[harles]. E[dmund]. Brock (1870-1938) was a widely published English line artist and book illustrator who earned his first book commission at age twenty. He became a very successful illustrator, best known for his line work, initially in the tradition of Hugh Thomson, but he was also a skilled colorist. Brock's work varied with the sort of story he was illustrating, some of it refined and described as "sensitive to the delicate, teacup-and-saucer primness and feminine outlook of the early Victorian novelists," while other work was "appreciative of the healthy, boisterous, thoroughly English characters," i.e. soldiers, rustics, and "horsey types." Other illustrations were grotesqueries drawn to amuse children looking at or reading storybooks.