1850 The Personal History of David Copperfield
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First Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding
Six lines of errata.
The first edition of this work, in book form. The first issue, with all issue points.
Bound from the parts, with the stab-holes first.
With the dark plate facing page 482, Chapter XXVII is at page 282 rather than 283 as listed to the contents, the final 'i' to page viii is misaligned. Misspelling of 'coroboration' to page 387, six lines from the bottom. 'Screamed' is not corrected to page 132 line 20 and 'nt' to page 597 (Eckel).
This copy has been bound without the half-title.
Collated, with all plates. Illustrated with a frontispiece, vignette title page, and thirty-eight plates by Phiz.
'David Copperfield' follows the eponymous character from childhood to maturity. He was born in Blunderstone and had a happy childhood, being looked after his mother and kindly housekeeper. However he is late sent to live with his housekeeper's family in Yarmouth, and dislikes the new man his mother marries. This novel is considered by many to be Dickens' masterpiece, and Dickens' himself referred to the book as being 'his favourite child'. As it was written in the middle of his career, it has been considered to be the turning point of his novels, and with it you can see the separation between his novels of youth and maturity. Charles Dickens is one of the most popular authors of the Victorian age. His novels show the grimy side of poverty and prosperity in Victorian England, showing poor social conditions alongside repulsive characters.
A truly lovely copy of this work.
In a modern quarter morocco binding, with paper covered boards. Externally, very smart. Just some minor rubbing to the joints. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are very bright. Scattered spotting to the first and last few pages. Otherwise, just the occasional light spotting to plates.
Very Good Indeed
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