The Personal History of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Illustrated by John Austen
Published by Heritage Press, New York in 1937
Signed Custom Leather Binding by the Harcourt Bindery
Binding Details: Signed custom binding by the Harcourt Bindery, Charlestown, Massachusetts bound in three-quarter morocco leather over complimentary cloth covered boards with raised bands to the spine, gilt titles and ruling, and decorative central gold gilt motifs. Single gilt lines to the boards and corners. 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 1937 Heritage Press edition that features 8 full page color illustrations including a frontispiece by John Austen. 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” x 6.25” with 821 pages as well as an essay by John T. Winterick, table of chapters, and list of color plates.
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.