“It's in vain to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present": First Edition, first state of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield
The Personal History of David Copperfield.
Item Number: 80008
London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850.
First edition, first state 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, marbled endpapers. With frontispiece, engraved title-page and 40 plates. Illustrated by H.K. Browne. In near fine condition. A very nice example.
“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).