The Personal History of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Illustrated by Gertrude Demain Hammond
Published by George G Harrap & Co, London in 1921
Custom Full Leather Binding by Sims Bindery, Mamhilad, South Wales
Binding Details: Fine contemporary custom binding by the Sims Bindery of three-quarter navy blue leather over complimentary cloth covered boards with raised bands to the spine, gilt titles, and elaborate decorative giltwork including central gilt floral motifs. Twin gilt lines to the boards and corners. There are hand-marbled endpapers, hand-sewn silk endbands, with the top page edges gold gilted. Laid into the book is a signed card from Andrew Sims stating that the book was bound by the Sims Bindery.
Book Details: Originally published serially by Bradbury & Evans in twenty monthly installments from May, 1849 – November, 1850, this is the 1921 George G Harrap & Co Ltd edition that features 16 full page color illustrations by Gertrude Demain Hammond. David Perdue in his article on David Copperfield wrote, “Dickens' eighth novel is a thinly disguised autobiography with many of the story lines mirroring Dickens' own life. Dickens' friend and first biographer, John Forster, wrote that "Dickens never stood so high in reputation as at the completion of Copperfield", and that in the novel Dickens had cast the suspicion "that underneath the fiction lay something of the author's life." In his biography of Dickens, Edgar Johnson notes that "Few novelists have ever captured more poignantly the feeling of childhood, the brightness and magic and terror of the world as seen through the eyes of a child and colored by his dawning emotions. In telling the story of the child David, Dickens displays the unique ability to make the reader see through the eyes of the child, capturing the very essence of childhood.”
Measures approximately 9.25” x 6.5” x 2” with 850 pages as well as a preface, table of contents, and list of illustrations.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition with very superficial shelfwear. Internally, the book is very clean with no signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a beautiful binding that houses one of Dicken’s most critically acclaimed novels.
A photograph of the binding, endpapers, and binder’s card appear in the photo section of the listing.