With the First State Vignette TitleCharles Dickens. The Personal History of David Copperfield. With Illustrations by H. K. Browne. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1850.
First edition in book form. Octavo. 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.
Dark brown three-quarter leather over decoratively-tooled cloth, with gilt titles and decorations to the spine. All edges marbled. Marbled endpapers. Moderate shelf wear to the boards, mostly along the bottom edge. Light rubbing to the leather along the spine and the cloth of the boards. Minor foxing and spotting to some plates, mostly to the margins. Dark staining to the gutters of a number of plates, most noticeable at the frontispiece/vignette title opening, likely glue stains. Mild offsetting to a few facing pages. Scattered minor foxing, but largely a clean copy in very good condition. From the Victor Gulotta Collection.
"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 I, p. 78).
Smith I, 9. Eckel, pp. 77-78. Gimbel A122.
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