London, South Kensington
1 June 2009
[DICKENS, Charles]. The Personal History of David Copperfield. London: Bradbury and Evans, May 1849-November 1850.
20 parts in 19 (223 x 140mm). Etched frontispiece, title and 38 plates after Hablot K. Browne. (Some plates spotted or stained, first plate slightly frayed, pts 19/20 with two small wormholes running through. Pt 11 lacks front advertisement slip, pt 12 lacks 2p. rear ad for the Works of Charles Dickens, pt 15 lacks rear ad for the Working Man's Friend, pts 19/20 lack slip for the Writings of Douglas Jerrold.) Original blue-green pictorial wrappers after Browne (wrapper to pt. 1 torn and frayed with slight losses), green morocco-backed solander case. Provenance: G. Botham (signature on wrapper to pts 9-10 & 18) -- [H.I. McClark, 32 St James's Street (bookseller's label on pts 15, 17 and 19/20)].
FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL PARTS. Dickens's eighth and favourite novel recalled the London of his own youth, and portrayed his father in the feckless but irrepressible Mr. Micawber. It is one of the scarcer novels in parts, the original sales not exceeding 25,000 copies despite its later popularity. This copy includes the "particularly scarce" Lett's fold-out ad in part 8 with six specimen pieces. Eckel pp. 77-78; Hatton and Cleaver pp. 253-272; Gimbel A121. (19)
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