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DICKENS, Charles. Our Mutual Friend. London: Chapman and Hall, May 1864 - November 1865.
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DICKENS, Charles. Our Mutual Friend. London: Chapman and Hall, May 1864 - November 1865.

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DICKENS, Charles. Our Mutual Friend. London: Chapman and Hall, May 1864 - November 1865.

First edition in original monthly parts, first issue of part 1 without the printer's imprint on front wrapper. With the scarce slip addressed to the reader, ‘The Our Mutual Friend Advertiser’ in each part, and other inserted advertisements as listed in Hatton and Cleaver. Our Mutual Friend was Dickens's fourteenth, and last, completed novel. Marcus Stone's illustrations, engraved on wood by Dalziel and W.T. Green, mark a departure from the etchings on steel of Dickens's earlier published works. Hatton & Cleaver, pp.343-370.

20 parts in 19, octavo (223 x 145mm). Half-titles, 'To the Reader' slip tipped to first text leaf. Wood-engraved frontispiece and 39 wood engravings after Marcus Stone by Dalziel and W.T. Green, advertisements (occasional light spotting, lacking only the ‘Economic Life Assurance Society’ ads in parts 14 and 19/20; the Mappin, Webb & Co. ad not in part 16 but instead bound into part 18). Original green pictorial printed wrappers (some chips and tears, occasional staining); all housed within green cloth portfolio and slipcase. Provenance: pencil annotation in part 17 – parts 1-3 inscribed on upper cover.
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