London: Chapman and Hall . CROWN EDITION, in scarce original printed DUST-WRAPPER. Octavo, pp.x; 683; , blank. Publisher's russet-coloured buckram blocked in gilt and black, complete with rare paper jacket. With forty illustrations by Martin Stone. One of the author's most famous tales, issued as part of the 'Dickens Crown Edition' which was published between 1896-1899. Internally clean, gilt to spine tarnished else cloth is bright and fresh; fragile jacket with some chips and tears, neatly stabilised to reverse side with archival tape, losses to spine ends and joints, toned to same. A remarkable survival of a nineteenth century dustwrapper on a popular title by a major author. Rare thus. 'Our Mutual Friend,' written in the years 1864–65, is the last completed novel written by Charles Dickens, and concerns money, and what money can make of life. Preceding Dickens' final crime-based work 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood', this novel also features elements of intrigue and suspense; John Harmon, a wealthy young heir, is supposed drowned and in a case of mistaken identity his estate is passed to Boffin, a former servant of his father. John must infiltrate the Boffin household and gain their trust and friendship in order to regain his fortune. Item #46069
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