Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens, Charles Keeping (illustrator) 1982 - The Folio Society, London - First Folio Edition Finely bound edition of Charles Dickens’s last complete novel and a glorious satire spanning all levels of Victorian society, with an introduction by Christopher Hibbert, and illustrated throughout with Charles Keeping’s wonderful line drawings. Keeping (1924-88) is ideal as an illustrator for Dickens as he himself grew up in Lambeth in a terraced house that housed three generations, surrounded by street markets and working horses. Keeping is the only artist to illustrate the complete works of Dickens, which took ten years to complete.

Our Mutual Friend centres on an inheritance – Old Harmon’s profitable dust heaps – and its legatees, young John Harmon, presumed drowned when a body is pulled out of the River Thames, and kindly dustman Mr Boffin, to whom the fortune defaults. With brilliant satire, Dickens portrays a dark, macabre London, inhabited by such disparate characters as Gaffer Hexam, scavenging the river for corpses; enchanting, mercenary Bella Wilfer; the social-climbing Veneerings; and the unscrupulous street-trader Silas Wegg. The novel is richly symbolic in its vision of death and renewal in a city dominated by the fetid Thames, and the corrupting power of money’.
  Reference: Penguin Classics.

Large octavo (binding size 24.3x16.5cm)
  Finely bound in three quarter navy morocco over marbled boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, top edge tinted blue   Condition: Fine in near fine binding with uniform sunning to spine.   Ref: 110144   Price: HK$ 2,800