[with the leaves still unopened] With Illustrations [by Luke Fildes]. London: Chapman & Hall, April-September 1870. Six monthly serial parts [all that were issued] in original blue-green pictorial wrappers.
First Edition, in the monthly serial parts. EDWIN DROOD remains one of the great unfinished and unsolved literary mysteries: Dickens had written only six parts, but serialization had begun, when he died on the 9th of June 1870. While writing, he never disclosed his planned development of the plot, and in fact he took special precautions to guard the denouement; as a result, subsequent proposed solutions have been mere guesswork (most such attempts have used as their basis the eight incidents depicted upon the parts' front covers, drawn by his son-in-law, the brother of Wilkie Collins).~This is overall a near-fine set, with the leaves still unopened in all six parts. About half of Part VI's wrapper spine is chipped away, and there is a little marginal chipping on the fore-edge of Part II's rear wrapper; otherwise there is very little wear. The ads are complete, except that (as is often the case) the "Cork Hat" ad has broken off in Part II (it is a thin sliver of actual printed cork, extremely brittle and delicate). The last part is in the preferred state, with the price change pasted over the former price. Housed in a basic cloth clamshell case. Hatton & Cleaver pp 373-384. Item #13795