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Illustrations for Volume One of Tom Burke of "Ours" (issued from February 1843 — December 1843 with twenty-two illustrations)

Note: The two-volume edition published in 1844 by William Curry, Junior, in Dublin contains the same illustrations as the Chapman and Hall edition of 1865; however, the first volume in the earlier edition concludes at Chapter XLIX, whereas the first volume in the later edition concludes with Chapter XLIV. In consequence, the last two illustrations in the 1844 volume appear as the first two illustrations in the second volume of the 1865 edition. The smaller size of the Chapman and Hall volumes, combined with the split occurring at the close of Ch. XLIV (p. 346) in the 1865, produces progressively different pagination. The first volume of the 1844 Curry edition ends with Chapter XLIX (p. 372). Thus, the last illustration in the first volume of the 1865 edition is Tom master the Maitre d'Armes rather than The Bivouac after the Battle. One can only speculate as to why Chapman and Hall reconfigured the two volumes; one likely explanation is that the original first volume was much longer (372 pages) than the second volume (only 293 pages). Moving five chapters from the first to the second volume balanced the lengths, and the second Chapman and Hall volume contains twenty-two illustrations rather than just twenty, the additional engravings being Murat and Mademoiselle Minette. and The Bivouac after the Battle.

Illustrations from Volume Two (issued from January through September 1844)

The Novel's Twenty Serial Instalments, with Two Plates Each (1843-44)

The Two Volumes: Dublin: William Curry, 1844, and London: Chapman & Hall 1865

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