Harry Furniss's eighteen-volume edition of The Charles Dickens Library (London: Educational Book Company, 1910) contains some 500 special plates (part of the total of 1200 illustrations) and two volumes of commentary. Volume 17, by J. A. Hammerton, entitled The Dickens Picture Book: A Record of the Dickens Illustrators, contains the seventeen steel engravings by Hablot Knight Browne that appeared in the monthly numbers published by Chapman and Hall from June through December 1859, and thereby invites the reader to compare Phiz's illustrations of fifty years earlier to the "modern" work of Harry Furniss for A Tale of Two Cities. The thirteenth volume is entitled A Tale of Two Cities-America-Italy, as it contains Dickens's 1859 serialised novel A Tale of Two Cities, as well as the earlier periodically published pieces American Notes for General Circulation (1842), and Pictures from Italy (1845). However, Furniss has emphasized the novel over the travel essays in that he has provided an ornamental title-page and thirty-one full-page illustrations (mostly horizontally-mounted and framed lithographs) for A Tale of Two Cities, but only one each for the collections of travel essays. The proportion of illustrations for the novel exceeds slightly that of Fred Barnard's illustrations for the British Household Edition of A Tale of Two Cities, issued in 1874 with twenty-five large-scale wood engravings, but is somewhat less than the ratio of plates to text in the Harper's Weekly, which contained both thumbnails (head note vignettes) and regular illustrations for thirty-one weekly instalments amounting to sixty-three pictures of varying dimensions. It is to Phiz's historically accurate and highly detailed engravings, however, that Furniss is chiefly responding, often matching the great caricaturist scene for scene in the "modern" (impressionistic) style of the fin de si├Ęcle. — Philip V. Allingham.

Title and text illustrated Facing Page
1. Sydney Carton on the Scaffold. A Tale of Two Cities Frontispiece (for Book Three, Chapter Fifteen: "The Footsteps Die out Forever")
2. Characters in the Stories All three books of the novel Title-page vignettes
3. Stopping the Dover Coach Book the First, "Recalled to Life" Chapter Two, "The Mail," facing p. 8
4. Miss Manette and Mr. Lorry interrupted Book the First, "Recalled to Life" Chapter Four, "The Preparation," facing p. 24
5. Defarge Book the First, "Recalled to Life" Chapter Five, "The Wine-shop," facing p. 33
6. The Shoemaker of the Bastille Book the First, "Recalled to Life" Chapter Six, "The Shoemaker," facing p. 49 (based on p. 43)
7. The Likeness in Court Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Three, "A Disappointment," facing p. 64
8. Carton finds Consolation Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Four, "Congratulatory," facing p. 80 (based on p. 78)
9. The Storm Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Six, "Hundreds of People," facing p. 97
10. The Marquis Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Seven, "Monseigneur in Town" facing p. 104
11. The Fountain — an Allegory Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Seven, "Monseigneur in Town" facing p. 112 (based on p. 104)
12. Mr. Stryver Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Eleven, "A Companion Picture," facing p. 128 (based on p. 132)
13. The Confidential Clerk of Tellson's Bank Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Twelve, "The Fellow of Delicacy," facing p. 136 (based on p. 133)
14. Carton rejected Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Thirteen, "The Fellow of No Delicacy," facing p. 144
15. The Spy's Funeral Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Fourteen, "The Honest Tradesman," p. 153 (based on p. 147)
16. Knitting Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Fifteen, "Knitting," p. 161
17. "John Barsad," the Spy Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Sixteen, "Still Knitting," p. 168 (based on p. 168-170)
18. Lucie and her Father under the Plane-tree Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Seventeen, "One Night," p. 176
19. Doctor Manette's "Old Companion" Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Nineteen, "An Opinion," p. 192
20. The Fall of the Bastille Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Twenty-one, "Echoing Footsteps," p. 201
21. The End of Foulon Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Twenty-two, "The Sea Still Rises," p. 217 (based on p. 212)
22. Sydney Carton Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter Twenty, "A Plea," facing p. 225 (based on p. 195)
23. On the Way to Paris Book the Second, "The Golden Thread" Chapter One, "On the Road to Paris," facing p. 232
24. Darnay arrested Book the Third: The Track of the Storm Chapter 1, "In Secret," facing p. 241
25. The Grindstone Book the Third: The Track of the Storm Chapter 2, "The Grindstone," facing p. 256
26. The Carmagnole Book the Third: The Track of the Storm Chapter 5, "The Wood-Sawyer," facing p. 265
27. Darnay arraigned before the Judges Book the Third: The Track of the Storm Chapter 6, "Triumph," facing p. 272
28. A Knock at the Door Book the Third: The Track of the Storm Chapter 13, "A Knock at the Door," facing p. 280
29. Dr. Manette appeals for Justice Book the Third: The Track of the Storm Chapter 9, "The Game Made," facing p. 289
30. Farewell! Book the Third: The Track of the Storm Chapter 11, "Dusk," facing p. 320
31. Sydney Carton and the little Seamstress Book the Third: The Track of the Storm Chapter 13, "Fifty-Two," facing p. 337
32. Struggle between Miss Pross and Madame Defarge Book the Third: The Track of the Storm Chapter 14, "The Knitting Done," facing p. 352

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