“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.
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield.
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield.
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield.
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield.
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield.
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield.

The Personal History of David Copperfield.

$2,500.00

Item Number: 63027

London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850.

First edition of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Octavo, bound by Bayntun Bindery in three quarters morocco over cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. With frontispiece, engraved title-page and 38 plates inserted throughout. Plates by H.K. Browne. In very good condition.

“With many lovers of the author’s works David Copperfield ranks as the finest of his writings. With a book which gave to the world such characters as Betsy Trotwood, Micawber, the Pegottys and Mr. Dick…. it would be strange if it had been otherwise” (Eckel, 77). “Dickens and 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). "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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