First Edition in Book Form of Our Mutual FriendCharles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend. With Illustrations by Marcus Stone. In Two Volumes. London: Chapman and Hall, 1865.
First edition in book form of Dickens's last completed novel. Bound from the parts, with stab-holes visible. Two octavo volumes (8.6875 x 5.5625 inches; 221 x 140 mm.). xi, [1, blank], 320; vii, [1, list of illustrations], 309, [1, printer's imprint], [1, advertisement for "Mr. Charles Dickens's Works"], [1, blank] pages plus the slightly smaller 24-page publisher's catalogue, dated December, 1865. Forty wood-engraved plates (including frontispieces, with the original tissue guards) by the Dalziel Brothers and W. T. Green after Marcus Stone.
This copy without the slip tipped to p.  in Volume I ("The Reader will understand the use of the popular phrase Our Mutual Friend, as the title of this book, on arriving at the Ninth Chapter (page 84)") and without the page-size 36-page publisher's catalogue, dated January, 1865, bound at the end of Volume I (both found in some copies only).
Publisher's original dark reddish brown sand-grain cloth. Covers panelled in blind with a thin single line border enclosing a decorative rounded arch frame embellished with leaves and flowers, spines decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt with five gilt bands at head and foot. Original pale yellow coated endpapers. Binder's ticket ("Bound by Virtue & Co. City Road London") on each pastedown of Volume I. Spines slightly faded; light rubbing to corners and spine extremities; rear hinge of Volume I and both hinges of Volume II cracked; Volume I slightly shaken. Minimal foxing and edge soiling. Volume II with the upper corner of gathering Q (pages 225-240) very slightly crinkled and with a few small red marks at the outer edge of R1 (page 241). Armorial bookplate of Stephen George Holland on front pastedown of each volume.
"Our Mutual Friend originally appeared in twenty numbers, bound in nineteen monthly parts, the last part forming a double number, from May 1864-November 1865. The first volume was published in book form on January 20, 1865; the second on October 21, 1865. 11s. each" (Smith I, p. 110, note). From the H. Barry Morris Collection.
Eckel, pp. 94-95. Gimbel A149. Sadleir 697. Smith I, 15.
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