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    First American Edition of Our Mutual Friend

    Charles Dickens. Our Mutual Friend. With Illustrations. New York: Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1865.

    First American edition of Dickens's last completed novel. Large octavo (9.1875 x 5.8125 inches; 233 x 147 mm.). [13-17], 18-350, [2, advertisements] pages. No pages [1-12]. Text in double columns. Thirty-four wood-engraved illustrations.

    Publisher's original purplish brown honeycomb-grain cloth. Covers stamped in blind with double wide rule border, spine decoratively ruled and lettered in gilt. Endpapers renewed? Leaves B5 and B6 (pp. 25/26 and 27/28) and H7 and H8 (pp. 125/126 and 127/128) poorly opened, small stain to upper corner of p. 103, short tear to lower margin of U4 (pp. 307/308).

    "In June, 1864, the first installment consisting of the first four chapters of 'Our Mutual Friend' was published in Harper's Magazine. It was prefaced by a half length portrait of the author sitting in a chair resting his right hand on his knee and his left hand on a table. This portrait was engraved on wood after a photograph taken in 1850. The story was continued monthly until its conclusion in December, 1865. The illustrations were on wood, re-engraved after those by Luke Fildes in the original edition. The complete volume was issued bound in cloth in 1865, with all the illustrations used when published in the Magazine. Harper & Brothers purchased advance proofs of the work paying £1000, so that the issue in the Magazine was probably its first appearance in the United States" (William Glyde Wilkins, First and Early American Editions of the Works of Charles Dickens, p. 32). From the H. Barry Morris Collection.

    Carr B269. Gimbel A151 (sixth copy).


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