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

The Personal History of David Copperfield.

DICKENS, Charles.


Item Number: 133902

London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850.

First edition of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Octavo, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges marbled, illustrated with 38 etchings by Hablot Knight Browne. In near fine condition, contemporary bookplate to the front pastedown. A very nice example.

"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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