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These illustrations, by Harry French, are taken from the Household Edition of Hard Times, published by Chapman and Hall in London (D. Appleton and Co. in New York), in the 1870s. The cover of the print edition reproduces that edition's paper cover. The weekly serial of Hard Times was not illustrated, nor was the first volume edition.

"This, sir," said Bounderby, "is my wife, Mrs. Bounderby."

"What a comical brother-in-law you are!"

Aside from Chapman and Hall's Household Edition, there were few illustrated editions of Hard Times. However, the 1868 Library Edition included four drawings by Frederick Walker. The following illustration, "Mr. Harthouse Dining at the Bounderbys," originally accompanied that edition. (It is reproduced here by courtesy of Stanford Libraries from the collection Dickens Pictures by Contemporary Artists.)

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