Our Mutual Friend. London: Chapman and Hall, 1865
8vo (211 x 134mm.), 2 volumes, FIRST BOOK EDITION, 40 wood-engraved illustrations by Marcus Stone, with the tree-line slip regarding the title of the novel at the beginning of volume 1, without advertisements sometimes present at the end of volumes 1 and 2, original dark green bead cloth, spines lettered in gilt, plain endpapers, speckled red edges, hinges of volume 1 slightly cracked, minor wear to covers
A NEAR FINE COPY OF THE FIRST BOOK EDITION OF DICKENS' LAST COMPLETED NOVEL IN A POSSIBLY UNKNOWN VARIANT OR REMAINDER BINDING.
The standard binding for Our Mutual Friend (see lots 197, 198) is reddish brown sand-grain cloth. We have been unable to locate a similar example bound in green cloth in any auction records from the last 45 years.
Smith I:15; Sadleir 697; Woolf 1809; Gimbel A150
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate.
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