"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.

Item Number: 20095

London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850.

First edition, first printing. Octavo, elegantly bound in full morocco. Gilt titles and elaborate tooling to the spine, gilt lined to the front and rear panels. In near fine condition. Illustrated with 40 etchings by Hablot Knight Browne.

"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).