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DICKENS, Charles.

The Personal History of David Copperfield.

With Illustrations by H. K. Browne.

London: Bradbury & Evans, 1849-50 Stock Code: 142570
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In the original parts

First edition in the original monthly parts of Dickens's classic Bildungsroman, his most lightly disguised autobiographical fiction, his first first-person novel, and his own favourite among his novels. After The Pickwick Papers, this may be the most difficult of his novels to find in nice condition in parts.

This set has all the requisite first issue advertisements, points, and slips listed by Hatton & Cleaver, with the sole exception of "Lile" for "Life" on page 3 of the advertisements in part VIII. This includes the particularly scarce advertisement of Lett's diaries in part VIII, with seven specimen leaves, as well as extra slips not noted by Hatton & Cleaver: part 16 has "Descriptive Guide to the Palace"; part 17, "The Horse"; and part 18, "Works published by Charles Thurnam, Carlisle".

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20 numbers bound in 19 monthly parts, as issued. Original pale blue pictorial wrappers. Housed in a custom blue cloth folding case with red morocco label.


40 engraved plates by H. K. Browne.


Bookseller's ticket to two parts, small ownership signature of Ulrica Thynne to a few parts. Some discreet repairs to spines with matching blue reinforcement strips, occasional nicks and spot of soiling to wrappers, a few plates slightly oxidised, as often, odd spot of foxing to contents but overall quite clean and bright. A lovely set in bright, original wrappers.


Hatton & Cleaver, pp. 253-272.


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