London: Bradbury & Evans, 1850. Item #04826
First Edition of Charles Dickens David Copperfield
In a Fine Cosway-Style Binding by Sangorski & Sutcliffe
[COSWAY-STYLE BINDING]. SANGORSKI & SUTCLIFFE, binders. DICKENS, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield. With Illustrations by H.K. Browne. London: Bradbury & Evans, 1850.
First edition in book form, first state (following all but one of the twenty points listed in Smith).
Octavo (8 1/8 x 5 inches; 207 x 127 mm.). [iii]-xiv, [1, errata], [1, blank], 624 pp. Engraved frontispiece, title page, and thirty-eight engraved plates after Hablot K.Browne (aka "Phiz"). The one point not in their first state is on p. 132, line 20 "screamed" for "screwed". Bound without the half-title.
Handsomely bound ca. 1940 by Sangorski & Sutcliffe for Henry Sotheran, Ltd. (stamped signed on lower turn-ins) in a full crushed navy blue morocco Cosway-style binding. Covers with gilt French fillets, front cover with a large hand-painted oval portrait of Charles Dickens (measuring 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches; 114 x 89 mm.) set under glass within a gilt frame surrounded by gilt pointillé and gilt ornamented borders within gilt rules. Spine with five raised bands, elaborately tooled and lettered in gilt, gilt-board edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, light blue watered silk liners and end-leaves, all edges gilt. A pencil note on the verso of the front end-leaf states "Miniature on Ivory by Miss Currie."
A fine and unique example housed in the original crimson velvet lined, blue cloth clamshell case, lettered in gilt on the spine.
Following the serial publication of the novel in parts May 1849 - Nov. 1850, the novel was published in book form on November 14, 1850.
"As is well known this novel being largely biographic was the first one [by Dickens] written in the first person. The original sales did not exceed 25,000 copies, its later popularity more than equalized the failure as an early money-maker. With many lovers of the author's works 'David Copperfield' ranks as the finest of his writings. With a book which gave to the world such characters as Betsy Trotwood, Micawber, the Pegottys and Mr. Dick, to mention only a few, it would have been strange if it had been otherwise. The rather meagre profits again brought to the author the necessity for a personally-owned and conducted periodical, and this subsequently formulated itself into his Household Words…
Smith I:9. Eckel, p. 77. Sadleir 686.