London: Chapman and Hall, 1865. FIRST EDITION, bound from the parts. 2 volumes, octavo, pp.[i]-xii; 320; [viii]; 309; [1, publisher's imprint]. With 40 engraved plates. Half titles present. Bound, as usual without adverts, in original full dark green pebble-grained morroco, extra gilt, with marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Attractive pictorial bookplate to pastedown. Light and occasional spotting, marginal dampmark to first frontis, bindings quite fresh. A bright, near fine set. '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 #47718
Collins; Dickens and Crime (1962).