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DescriptionCharles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend. London: May 1864-Nov. 1865. Original serial parts.
More Information: Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend. London: Chapman and Hall, 1864-65. Original serial issue. Twenty parts in nineteen, octavo. Thirty-two pages of preliminary advertisements in first part, sixteen each in rest; paginated continuously -320 (Parts I-X); -310 (Parts XI-XX) pages; six preliminary leaves for the first volume in Part X, four for the second in Part XIX/XX. Forty engraved plates by Marcus Stone, some of which still have their protective tissue as first issued. Original blue-green illustrated paper wrappers. Housed in beige cloth chemise in one-quarter brown morocco slipcase, covered in marbled paper; spine stamped in gilt with five raised bands. Some backstrips repaired, a few parts virtually rebacked; others chipped to expose gatherings, particularly at head and foot; occasional detaching beginning at bottom or top of hinges; slight toning. Wrappers edge-worn with some chipping, soft creasing and fraying; occasional mild foxing or splash soiling; Part I has some marginal tears mended; small spot of white soiling to front, light inking to back wrapper of Part V. Ad cut out of middle of fourth leaf at front of Part III; fourth leaf of back ads torn in Part XVIII. Lacking only the "Economic Life Assurance Society" insert in Part XIV. Tissue between plates often foxed with browning at edges; damp staining at gutter between plates in Part XVI. Occasional evidence of dog-earing. Some gatherings unopened. Minimal shelf wear to chemise and slipcase. Very good. Page 13 of ads in Part X misnumbered as "31." Has foreign banknotes slip in Part XIX/XX. Hatton and Cleaver, pp. 345-370. From the Collection of Jerome P. O'Connor.
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