London: Chapman and Hall, 1865. [English Literature] FIRST EDITION, bound from the parts. 2 volumes. Octavo (23 x 16cm), pp.[i]-xii; 320; [viii]; 309; , publisher's imprint. With 40 engraved plates, both half-titles present. Bound in brown half calf over marbled sides, gilt decoration and black title labels to spine. Contents with the occasional mark and minor spotting else clean, owner name to half title, externally sound. A very good copy in attractive recent leather bindings. Preceding Dickens' final crime-based work 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood', 'Our Mutual Friend' (1864–65), is his last completed novel. It concerns money, and what money can make of life. 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 #55232
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