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Dickens Charles Our Mutual Friend

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

The prolific and admired British writer Charles Dickens puts mystery and intrigue in the forefront with his novel Our Mutual Friend. It tells the story of murder, inheritance, and social class. His innate ability to discharge humanity's weaknesses of greed and moral ambiguity satirize London's society. The first edition was published by Chapman and Hall (1865 London) in 19 installments of blue-green wrappers with 40 wood-engraved plates by Marcus Stone. In top condition this collection sells for as much as $2250 at auction. It is very rare to find this collection with all advertisements intact. A 2-volume version presents in 1865 by Chapman and Hall with illustration plates by Marcus Stone with an additional illustrated title page in Volume 1. This version may command a range of $100-$300. A third version of a first edition by Chapman and Hall (1865 London) is 2-volumes bound as 1 with 40 wood-engraved plates after Marcus Stone. It ranges on the lower spectrum of prices for 1st editions and is accessible for $100.

We collected a sample of 32 auction results of Dickens, Charles's Our Mutual Friend from 3 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $94 and the highest overall price realized was $2250. The overall average price was $513 and the median price realized for the book was $329. There were 13 auctions (65%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 2 auctions (10%) exceeding the high estimates, and 5 auctions (25%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a Bonhams sale on April 13, 2015 of a 1865 - Chapman and Hall edition for $1625 that with a custom chemise and half-morocco pull-off case in originl monthly parts; a Bonhams sale on October 18, 2011 of a 1865 - Chapman and Hall edition for $2250 that first edition in original monthly parts remarkable for its completeness in respect to the advertisements; a Swann sale on October 16, 2003 of a 1865 edition for $1840 that first edition bound from the parts, extra-illustrated with 24 watercolor character sketches by Joseph Clayton Clarke and four steel engravings after Darley ;

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
PBA October 5, 2017 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA February 14, 2016 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $400-$600 $390 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann November 10, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $800-$1200 $1063 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA June 25, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $250-$350 $156 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams April 13, 2015 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 - $1625 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams December 10, 2014 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 - $937 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann November 18, 2014 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $250-$350 $163 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA December 5, 2013 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $400-$700 $510 PBA Copies for Sale
Swann June 21, 2012 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $500-$750 $600 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA November 17, 2011 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $400-$700 $390 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 18, 2011 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 - $2250 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 22, 2011 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 - $512 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA October 22, 2009 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $250-$350 $156 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA April 16, 2009 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $250-$350 $156 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA December 11, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $300-$500 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA August 21, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $300-$500 $180 PBA Copies for Sale
PBA August 21, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $200-$300 $120 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams June 11, 2008 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 - $360 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 18, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 - $717 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 18, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 - $298 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams February 13, 2007 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 - $94 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams November 15, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 - $125 Bonhams Copies for Sale
PBA November 3, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $200-$300 $132 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams March 22, 2005 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 - $705 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann November 11, 2004 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London 1865 $200-$300 $431 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA June 10, 2004 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $200-$300 $270 PBA Copies for Sale
Bonhams January 19, 2004 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 - $298 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Bonhams October 29, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 - $204 Bonhams Copies for Sale
Swann October 16, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London 1865 $2000-$3000 $1840 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann October 16, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London 1865 $300-$400 $575 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann May 22, 2003 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London 1865 $600-$900 $575 Swann Copies for Sale
PBA May 23, 2002 Dickens, Charles. Our Mutual Friend London Chapman and Hall 1865 $200-$300 $270 PBA Copies for Sale