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DICKENS, Charles. Our Mutual Friend...With Illustrations By Marcus Stone. London: Chapman and Hall, Piccadilly, [May, 1864 - November 1865].
8vo., 20 monthly parts in 19 as issued; with 40 wood engraved plates; original printed blue wrappers with trade advertisements to inner sides as well as outside back wrappers, uncut, with a variety of publishers ads and slips on teal, green, pink and white paper bound-in;good condition, slight wear to wrappers and edges as is common, internally clean; a complete set missing only a few ads mentioned in Hatton & Cleaver, with no visible signs that ads have been removed, and includes ads not mentioned in Hatton & Cleaver.
First edition in the original parts.
Our Mutual Friend was Dickens’s last completed novel, written slowly due to increased occasions of illness, and a serious railway accident. Similar to Bleak House and Little Dorrit, Our Mutual Friend comprises the usual social satire, elaborate plotting, and sweeping views of contemporary society, differing most notably in the positive outcome of the central love stories.(Eckel 96. Hatton and Cleaver 345-370.)
The wood engravings and cover designs were for the first time charged to the skillful hand of Marcus Stone, the orphaned son of an old artist friend who worked in the “sentimental-realist style of 1860s book illustration” (OxfordDNB).