Our Mutual Friend...With Illustrations By Marcus Stone.

Our Mutual Friend...With Illustrations By Marcus Stone.
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London: Chapman and Hall, Piccadilly, [May, 1864 - November 1865]. 8vo., 20 monthly parts in 19 as issued, 32, [1], [1]-32, [4], [4], [2], 8, [4], [2], [2], [2]; 16, 33-64, 4, [2], [2], [4], [2]; 16, 65-96, [1], [2], [4], 8, [2]; 16, 97-128, 4, [1], [1], [4], [2], [4], [2]; 16, [1], 129-160, [2], [2], [2]; 16, [161]-192, [1], 4, 4, [1], [4], [8], 4, [2], 16, 193-224, [1], [2], [1], [2], [4], [1]; [1], [2], 16, [1], 225-256, 4, 4; [2], 16, 257-288, [2], [4], [4], [2], [1], 8, [4]; 16, 289-320, [xii], [1], 4, 4; 16, [1]-32, [2], 4, [1]; 16, [1], [1], 33-64, 4, [4], [1], [4], 4; 16, 65-96, [2]; 16, 97-128, 4, [2]; 16, 129-160, [2], [2], [4], [2], [4], [2]; 16, [161]-192, 4; 16, 193-224, [2], [4], [8], [2]; 16, [1], 225-256, 4, 4, [2]; 16, 257-309, [3], [viii], [2], [2], 4, [2], [1], [4], [2], 40 wood engraved plates. Original printed green 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, yellow, orange, and color-printed paper The individual parts are in very good condition, with the usual chipping to wrappers around edges, and at worst some tears/soiling to numbers 12, 13 and 18 at the fore-edge of the wrappers, internally they are bright and very lightly handled. A complete set missing only a few ads mentioned in Hatton & Cleaver, with no visible signs that ads have been removed. First edition in the original parts. 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). Our Mutual Friend was Dickens’s last completed novel, written slowly due too 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. (Item Id: 108370)

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