London [May 1864-November 1865]: Chapman & Hall. First Edition. Original Wraps. Item #08238
In the original monthly parts, 20 parts in 19. Original green printed wrappers; ALL wrappers are correct. ALL the ads called for by Hatton & Cleaver are present, except for the rare ad "The Economic Life Assurance Society" following the plates in part 14. FIRST ISSUE of the wrappers, without the imprint at the foot of front wrapper of part 1. In the Advertiser of part 10, Hatton & Cleaver states, "In a few copies seen, p. 13 was misprinted "31." The present copy has this misprint. The plates are very good to fine; the text and wrappers are clean and bright and without repair. Part 15 with text unopened. Most spines are expertly and invisibly renewed. Our Mutual Friend has more of the Advertiser ads than any of Dickens' other works, having 320 pages and 89 insets and slips in the rear of the parts. Altogether a brilliant set, lacking just one (rare) ad and having the first issue points in the wrappers and a rare misprint in the Advertiser of part 10. This fine set is the best we are likely to find, and it has a pedigree - it is from the famed (Thomas) Hatton & Cleaver collection. Housed in a handsome green 3/4 leather solander, pull-off-top slipcase, with chemise.