The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Charles DICKENS, S. L. FILDES.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

London: Chapman and Hall, 1870. [Crime / Mystery] FIRST EDITION, bound from the original parts. Octavo (23 x 15cm), pp.viii; 190 [36]. With 12 wood engraved illustrations after Fildes, as well as a steel engraved frontispiece and vignette title page. One original light blue wrapper bound in at rear. Publisher's green cloth with gilt titles and black decorations to spine and boards (including first issue 'sawtooth' design to borders). Yellow coated endpapers; edge untrimmed. Spotting to preliminaries, and fairly heavy browning throughout. Light rubbing and bumping to cloth; more so to head and tail of spine. Very good. Unfinished at the time of Dickens' death, 'Edwin Drood' is a dark and bleak mystery novel that remains fascinating partly because of its unfinished status, generating never-ending speculation. It focuses on John Jasper, a choirmaster-come-opium addict who is Drood's uncle. Item #56396

Price: £375.00

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