The Personal History of David Copperfield.

“It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present": First Edition of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield; Bound In Full Morocco By Bayntun Riviere Bindery

The Personal History of David Copperfield.

DICKENS, Charles.


Item Number: 121748

London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850.

First edition of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Octavo, bound in full morocco by Bayntun, gilt titles to the spine, raised bands, gilt medallion portrait of Dickens on the front panel, gilt signature on the back panel, inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. In fine condition. Illustrated with 38 etchings by Hablot Knight Browne. An exceptional presentation.

"Charles Dickens and Hablot Knight Browne are the most celebrated author-artist team in the history of English book illustration," and Copperfield was their "most popular success" (Hodnett, 111-12).

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