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The Personal History of David Copperfield
Bradbury & Evans, London 1850 - FIRST EDITION in book form in of one of Dickens's most beloved novels. An exceptionally clean copy, very handsomely bound. "Dickens was evidently beginning to think of his next novel in Bildungsroman terms-that is, the story of a young man's life from infancy to maturity-and named his sixth son (b. January 1849) after Henry Fielding 'in a kind of homage to the style of work he was now so bent on beginning' (Forster, 524). David Copperfield (published 30 April 1849 - 31 October 1850), follows on naturally from all the foregoing. It is Dickens's first first-person novel (David as narrator calls it 'my written memory') and in it he draws, much more directly than hitherto, on events and people from his own personal life in 'a very complicated interweaving of truth and fiction'. The misery of the blacking factory days (his notes for writing the number describing little David labouring in Murdstone and Grinby's bottling factory contain the poignant phrase 'What I know so well'), the details of his career as a young journalist, and the raptures of his love for Maria Beadnell are all presented with only the lightest fictional disguise. In depicting the Micawbers and their recurrent crises Dickens draws on the personalities and former financial problems of his parents. Although the novel's initial sales were rather lower than those of Dombey, Copperfield received considerable critical acclaim and before long was widely held to be his greatest work. Undoubtedly it became for very many readers, then as now, his best-loved novel, an opinion in which Dickens himself coincided, calling it in a preface to the book of 1867 his 'favourite child'" (Dictionary of National Biography). With first state engraved title (dated) and all first issue points noted by Smith except for 'screamed' corrected ('screwed'), p.132, line 20 (as usual). London: Bradbury & Evans, 1850. Complete with engraved title, etched frontispiece, and 38 plates by Phiz. Octavo, early full polished calf gilt by Hatchards; gilt dentelles, all edges gilt. Light rubbing and wear to joints and spine ends (everything tight). Text and plates remarkably clean - the cleanest copy we've handled. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Manhattan Rare Book Company, ABAA, ILAB]
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