“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.

Item Number: 37043

London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850.

First edition of “the most perfect of all the Dickens novels” (Virginia Woolf). Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco over cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. Likely bound from the original parts, with the first issue with the following points: chapter XXVII on p. 282 instead of p. 283 as listed in the contents; p.16, line 1 & p. 225, line 22 with ‘recal’ instead of ‘recall’; p. 19, 12 lines from the bottom “chapter ;ut”; p. 387, 6 lines from the bottom ‘coroboration’ instead of ‘corroboration’; p. 472, 13 lines from the bottom, there is no closing of the quotation marks; first state of the engraved vignette title (i.e. dated). Plates by H.K. Browne. In near fine 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).