Charles Dickens's Our Mutual Friend

Clarendon Edition





Library Edition

Our Mutual Friend. Library Edition. 2 vols. London: Chapman and Hall, 1869. 853 pp.

Our Mutual Friend appeared as volumes 25 and 26 of this edition, which was reprinted in the United States by James R. Osgood (later Ticknor & Fields, and Fields, Osgood & Co.) of Boston. It was designed, according to the advertisement, to present Dickens’s writings ‘in a far more convenient form, at once for present perusal and preservation, than any of them have yet appeared in’. ‘Great care’ was said to have been taken ‘to render the series legible, compact and handsome’, and a new typeface was designed to assist in achieving this end. The volumes were slim, easy to handle, and the print was large and clear. This edition included the original illustrations and Dickens’s Postscript.

Digitised images of the complete Library Edition

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

Book 4


These images appear courtesy of the Charles Dickens Museum






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