The Personal History of David Copperfield.London: Bradbury & Evans, 1850 Stock Code: 147994
First edition, bound from the original parts as issued from May 1849 to November 1850, with the stab-holes visible; handsomely bound.
In the preface to a later edition (1867), Dickens would call the novel his "favourite child", a sentiment shared by many readers: "with many lovers of the author's works 'David Copperfield' ranks as the finest of his writings" (Eckel, p. 77).
Octavo (213 x 132 mm). Late 19th-century tree calf by Mansell, twin red and brown morocco labels, spine gilt in compartments, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.
Engraved frontispiece, vignette title page and 38 plates. Extra-illustrated with front wrapper of an original part, and a portrait frontispiece of Dickens with his wife and sister.
Joints and extremities neatly restored, plates somewhat browned as usual; a very good copy.
Hatton and Cleaver p. 253; Kremers pp. 97-100; Smith I 9.
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