With Illustrations by Marcus Stone. In Two Volumes [in one]. London: Chapman and Hall, 1865. Bound two-volumes-in-one, in full polished calf, red and green leather spine labels, all edges gilt.
First Edition in book form of Dickens's last complete novel, in which Greed and The River Thames are two of the principal characters. OUR MUTUAL FRIEND first appeared in twenty numbers; the two volumes were published separately during serial issue, Vol I in January 1865 and Vol II in October 1865.~This set has been bound by Riviere & Son, with both half-titles, with the explanatory slip at the beginning of the text, and with the ad leaf -- in full polished calf (red and green leather spine labels, gilt borders and dentelles, all edges gilt). The spine appears to be not as old as the boards -- with the result that this is a nice tight copy, without the usual chafing of the joints of a 100-year-old calf binding. Condition is very good-plus (very minor edge-wear, a few faint scratches); the Stone plates are clean and sharp. Gimbel A150; curiously not in Carr; Smith I pp 105-110. Item #10982