The Personal History of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Illustrated by Phiz (Hablot Knight Browne)
Published by Alfred A. Knoph, New York in 1991
Signed Custom Leather Binding by the Harcourt Bindery
Binding Details: Signed custom binding by the Harcourt Bindery, Charlestown, Massachusetts bound in morocco leather over complimentary marbled covered boards with raised bands to the spine, gilt titles and ruling, and decorative central gold gilt motifs. Single gilt lines to the boards. There are hand-sewn silk endbands, marbled endpapers, with the top page edges gold gilted. The Harcourt Bindery label appears on the bottom of the last free endpaper.
Book Details: Originally published serially by Bradbury & Evans in twenty monthly installments from May, 1849 – November, 1850, this is the 1991 Alfred A. Knoph – Everyman’s Library edition that features 39 illustrations by Phiz. 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 8” x 4.75” x 1.75” with 887 pages as well as a preface by G.K. Chesterton, introduction by Jeremy Tambling, table of chapters, a select bibliography, chronology, list of illustrations, and an author’s preface.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition. 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 appears in the photo section of the listing.