by Dickens, Charles (Text by); H. K. Browne (Illustrations by)
London: Bradbury &Evans, 1850. First book edition, early issue. Hardcover. g- to vg. Quarto. XIV, , 624pp. Contemporary 3/4 olive calf over marbled paper covered boards, with gold lettering to spine. Raised bands. Tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece and additional title. "David Copperfield," Charles Dickens' eighth novel, was first published as a serial in 1849-50, and as a book in 1850 (our copy). It follows the life of David Copperfield from childhood to maturity. Many elements of the novel follow events in Dickens' own life, and it is often considered as his veiled autobiography. One thing for certain is that it was the author's favorite among his own novels. This first book edition of "David Copperfield" has 9 of the 10 points of reference contained in the first issue: 1. No half-title. 2. Six-line errata leaf on page xv. 3. Chapter xxvii listed in table contents at pp. 283, instead of pp. 282. 4. "recal" line 1 on pp. 16 and on pp. 225 line 22. 5."chapter;ut" on pp. 19, 12 lines from bottom. 6. "coroboration" is 6 lines up on pp.387. 7. No quotes at end of pp 13. 8. Page viii, preface, has the final "i" misaligned. 9. Engraved title page is dated 1850. However, "screamed" has been corrected to "screwed" on pp. 132, line 20. This work is splendidly illustrated throughout with 39 tissue-guarded engravings by Hablot Knight Browne (1815-1882), the celebrated English artist well-known by his pen name, Phiz, who illustrated books by Charles Dickens, Charles Lever, and Harrison Ainsworth. It contains the second of Browne's so-called "dark plates" ("The River," at page 482 - the first dark-plate appeared in Dombey and Son), created by a machine process that tints the etched plate so as to heighten the contrast between black and white, anticipating some of the techniques of white-line engraving (Johannsen, Phiz, 309). Some age wear on binding with spine sunned and partly rubbed, and some rubbing along edges. Verso of frontispiece repaired at upper left margin. Some pages pulling inside. Minor and sporadic foxing throughout. Binding in overall good-, interior in good+ to very good condition.
(Inventory #: 41380)
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