The Old Curiosity Shop - Charles Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop (Weekly serial in Master Humphrey's Clock, 25 April 1840, to 6 February 1841). Printed as a separate book in 1841.Favourite couple: Richard/the Marchioness Story is more 3 star one but the Marchioness gives this story one extra star. Miss Sally and her brother were amazingly written villains. Unfortunately Dickens didn't give us Mr Quilp's background or any reason why he was so evil. Was he embittered? I think he was.