- The Mystery of Edwin Drood
- Charles Dickens
- Thomas Nelson and Sons, London, 1913
The Mystery of Edwin Drood was Dickens’ final novel and was unfinished at the time of his death. The identity of the killer is, therefore, unknown and is the subject of debate. Like most of Dickens’ work, it was published in serialized format, in this case between April 1870 and September 1870. Only six of twelve segments were published before his death, but Dickens had written ten of the twelve and a summary of the entire novel — minus the ending.
As I have mentioned in previous posts about this collection, Thomas Nelson, for some strange reason, seems to have published three different versions of this set of leather bound softcovers. In another version, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is paired with The Uncommercial Traveler.
As you can imagine, these century old leather softcover books can have a number of condition issues. The leather can be dry and cracked, especially on the spine, the very thin India paper pages can be torn or missing, the sewn in bookmark can be missing, among other problems.
This copy is in excellent condition. There is no chipping or hardening of the leather, and the interior of the book is near perfect. This puts this copy at the top of a price range of about $20 to $100.
Complete sets can sometimes be found, and generally with complete sets the price per book goes down. As always, it is important to ask for clear photos and descriptions if you are buying on-line.