The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Dickens, Charles (Text by); S. L. Fildes (Illustrations by) The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Dickens, Charles (Text by); S. L. Fildes (Illustrations by) The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Dickens, Charles (Text by); S. L. Fildes (Illustrations by) The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Dickens, Charles (Text by); S. L. Fildes (Illustrations by)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Dickens, Charles (Text by); S. L. Fildes (Illustrations by)

Published by Chapman and Hall, London, 1870
Condition: g to vg Soft cover

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Octavo (8 1/2 x 5 1/2"). VII, [1], 190pp. Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled paper covered boards, with gold lettering and ruling to spine. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Charles Dickens by J. H. Baker, after a photograph taken in 1868 by Mason & Cie. Additional engraved title. "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is Charles Dickens' final novel, and was unfinished at the time of the author's death (June 9, 1870). Though the novel is named after the character Edwin Drood, the story focuses on Drood's uncle, precentor, choirmaster and opium addict, John Jasper, who is in love with his pupil, Rosa Bud. Miss Bud, Drood's fiancée, has also caught the eye of the high-spirited and hot-tempered Neville Landless, who comes from Ceylon with his twin sister, Helena. Landless and Drood take an instant dislike to one another. Edwin Drood later disappears under mysterious circumstances. "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" was scheduled to be published in twelve instalments (shorter than Dickens's usual twenty) from April 1870 to February 1871, each costing one shilling and illustrated by Luke Fildes. Only six of the instalments were completed before Dickens's death in 1870. It was therefore approximately half finished. Illustrated with 12 striking full-page engravings by Fildes, our copy contains all of the following six instalments published: ? I: April 1870 (chapters 1-5) ? II: May 1870 (chapters 6-9) ? III: June 1870 (chapters 10-12) ? IV: July 1870 (chapters 13-16) ? V: August 1870 (chapters 17-20) ? VI: September 1870 (chapters 21-23)However, our copy does not have the original wrappers nor the advertisement pages.Moderate and sporadic rubbing along edges, with some abrasion to calf. Previous owner's name in ink on upper margin of front free endpaper (Mrs. Churchstyle), and dated 1872. Previous owner's name at verso of the first engraving facing page 1 (Mrs. Bennett Edwards, March 1870), and at verso of the third plate (facing page 44). Binding in overall good, interior in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 41390

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Title: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Publisher: Chapman and Hall, London

Publication Date: 1870

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:g to vg

Edition: First edition.

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