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. In a contemporary binding of half dark green calf, twin title labels, raised bands and gilt to spines, ribbed cloth sides, marbled edges and endpapers, without half-titles and advertisements. Some browning as expected, same two owner names present to first blank of each volume, some rubbing and shelwear. Shows well. '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 #47933
Collins; Dickens and Crime (1962).