DICKENS, CHARLES. 1812-1870. The Personal History of David Copperfield. London: Bradbury & Evans, May 1849-November 1850.

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DICKENS, CHARLES. 1812-1870.
The Personal History of David Copperfield. London: Bradbury & Evans, May 1849-November 1850.

US$ 30,000 - 50,000
£ 23,000 - 38,000
DICKENS, CHARLES. 1812-1870.
The Personal History of David Copperfield. London: Bradbury & Evans, May 1849-November 1850.
20 parts in 19. 8vo (220 x 139 mm). Engraved frontispiece, vignette title, and 38 plate engravings by H.K. Browne ("Phiz"). Light offsetting to plates in part 7, most parts almost imperceptibly rebacked, a few minor expert repairs to wrappers.
Exhibited: Grolier Club, 'Essential Parts,' 1996, p 15.

FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS, WITH ORIGINAL DRAWING BY "PHIZ." The pen, ink, and wash drawing was done for the plate titled "Changes at Home," issued in part 3. Advertisements conforming to Hatton & Cleaver, including the first issue of part 8 with "Lile" for "Life" on pp 3 of the Advertiser, the scarce Letts diaries ad and specimens at back of part 8, and with 2 pp ads on green paper for Punch publications at front of part 8 not mentioned by Hatton & Cleaver. "Much of Copperfield's documentary interest lies in its intimate linkage with the autobiographical fragments Dickens was writing at the time, pieces he shared only with his wife Catherine and his best friend and biographer, John Forester. Because Dickens ultimately burned most of his autobiographical manuscript, Dickens scholars have taken the descriptions in Copperfield, particularly those of the hero's early years, as reasonably true to fact" (Essential Parts, p 15). Eckel pp 75-77; Hatton & Cleaver pp 257-272; Sadleir 686.
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DICKENS, CHARLES. 1812-1870. The Personal History of David Copperfield. London: Bradbury & Evans, May 1849-November 1850.
DICKENS, CHARLES. 1812-1870. The Personal History of David Copperfield. London: Bradbury & Evans, May 1849-November 1850.
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