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    Charles Dickens. The Personal History of David Copperfield. With Illustrations by H. K. Browne. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1850.

    First edition in book form. Octavo (8 x 5.0625 inches; 203 x 129 mm.). xiv, [1, errata], [1, blank], 624 pages. Forty etched plates, including frontispiece and added vignette title, by H. K. Browne ("Phiz"). First state of the vignette title, with the 1850 date and with the imprint: Bradbury & Evans, Bouverie Street.

    Handsomely bound by Bayntun (Rivière) of Bath, England (stamp-signed in gilt on the front turn-in) in full red crushed levant morocco. Covers with gilt single fillet border, front cover with gilt portrait of Dickens, rear cover stamped in gilt with Dickens's facsimile signature, spine decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments with five raised bands, board edges and turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. A fine copy.

    "David Copperfield originally appeared in twenty numbers, bound in nineteen monthly parts, the last part forming a double number, from May 1849-November 1850. It was published in book form on November 14, 1850. 21s." (Smith).

    "The errata-note on page [A]8r contains six lines of corrections. The minor typographical error that appeared in the serial issue in the numbering of page 583 is corrected, but the third 'I' of the number on p. viii is still raised" (Gimbel). In this copy, the errata note contains six lines of corrections, the typographical error in the numbering of page 583 remains, and the third "i" in the page number on p. viii is still raised. From the H. Barry Morris Collection.

    Eckel, pp. 77-78. Gimbel A122. Smith I, 9.


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