MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, REPRINTED PIECES AND OTHER STORIES

(London: Chapman and Hall, [circa 1880]).

A VERY EARLY PRINTING. ESPECIALLY SCARCE IN THE ORIGINAL PAPER WRAPPERS AND ESPECIALLY SO IN THIS CONDITION. REMINISCENT OF DICKENS' EARLY WORKS PUBLISHED IN SERIES.
THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD is the final novel by Charles Dickens and thus the closest in date to the publication of the Household Editions. Upon Dickens' death the novel was left only halfway finished, six of 12 planned installments having been published. No detailed information survived the author on how he intended to solve the novel's mystery. In the years since several authors have attempted to complete the story.
Also included in this edition are 31 short pieces from various periodicals and the stories; 'Master Humphrey's Clock', 'Hunted Down', 'Holiday Romance', and 'George Silverman's Explanation'. Item #31441

The Household Edition, printed by Virtue & Co. in London, but in the wrappers issued for Appleton and Co., in New York [Podeschi D66]. With engraved frontispiece, two engraved plates and 26 illustrations within the text by L. Fildes, E. G. Dalziel, and F. Barnard. 4to (10" x 7"), in the original Appleton blue paper wrappers printed in black, the upper cover pictorially decorated and lettered, the lower wrapper and the spine lettered in black and modeled after the wrappers of the early periodic issues of Dickens' novels printed in England. [iv], 348 pp. An especially well preserved copy, very scarce in the original paper wrappers and in this condition, the wrapper complete and intact with only some toning to the spine and a little general mellowing, the text is especially fresh and clean and in fine condition.

Price: $450.00