Our Mutual Friend. Charles DICKENS, Marcus STONE.

Our Mutual Friend.

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 bound as one. Octavo, pp.[2] xii; 320 [2]; pp.[2] viii; 309 [3]. With 40 engraved plates by Stone, including a frontispiece to each volume. Both half-titles present. Contemporary dark green half calf, with raised bands, gilt titles to red labels and further gilt decoration to spines, marbled paper over boards. Ink name 'C. Fryer' to half title, 'Dickens centenary' postage stamp (1d.) to recto of frontis. Light and occasional browning/foxing, plates particularly clean. Discreet repair to upper joint, flyleaf expertly replaced. 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 #61471

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