London: Chapman and Hall, 1865. [English Literature] FIRST EDITION. First issue text with 'pricipal' for 'principal', page 115 of volume II, line 38. Two volumes. Octavo, pp. xii; 320 ; pp. viii; 309 . With 40 engraved plates by Stone, including a frontispiece to each volume. Complete with the half-titles. Contemporary brown half calf, with raised bands, gilt titles to black labels and further gilt decoration to spines, and marbled paper over boards. All edges speckled red, and light orange endpapers. A pencil ownership to front pastedown of each volume. Moderate to heavy spotting throughout, with several plates a little proud due to being tipped back in. Quite heavy wear to bindings, and spine head of volume I slightly pulled. Very good. 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 #60384
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