“And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death": Rare Original Parts of Charles Dickens' Our Mutual Friend
Our Mutual Friend.
Item Number: 82310
London: Chapman and Hall, 1864-65.
First edition in the original parts of Dickens’ penultimate novel. Octavo, original wrappers, 20 parts in 19, as issued. 40 plates. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear. Our Mutual Friend contained more pages of advertising and advertising slips than any other novel in parts by Dickens. Of the 320 pages of advertisements, all are present. Of the 89 individual inserted ads and slips, 83 are present: lacking is Hatton & Cleaver’s slip number 4 in part 2; slip number 2 in part 8; inserted ad number 4 in part 9; both examples of the “scarce” “Economic Life Assurance Society” ads in parts 14 & 18; and ad number 2 in the back of part 16. The often lacking “Foreign Bank Notes” slip in part 19/20 is present, and the uncommon typo of 31 for 13 is present in the advertisements in part 10. Hatton & Cleaver, pages 345-370; NCBEL III, 806. Housed in a custom clamshell box. An exceptional example.
"Our Mutual Friend originally appeared in twenty numbers, bound in nineteen monthly parts, the last part forming a double number, from May 1864- November 1865. The first volume was published in book form on January 20, 1865; the second on October 21, 1865. 11s. each." (Smith, Dickens, 15).