Hard Cover. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850. First Edition. Fine.
First edition. Illustrated by Hablot Knight Brown (published under the pseudonym Phiz). Very finely bound by Bayntun in full dark blue crushed morocco with gilt lettering and decorations to spine, gilt Dickens portrait to front cover and Dickens' signature replicated in gilt to rear cover, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, and marbled endpapers. An excellent and nearly fine copy with only toning to a few leaves and plates. David Copperfield was the author's eighth novel, originally published serially in nineteen monthly installments in a total of twenty parts (one double issue) from May 1849 - November 1850. The novel follows the life of David Copperfield from youth to adulthood, the events of which are said to mirror those of Dickens' own life, leading some to refer to the text as pseudo-autobiographical. Regardless of whether or not he intended this similarity, Dickens definitely showed an unusual attachment to David Copperfield, which he referred to as his favorite novel. This copy includes the forty illustrations, including a frontispiece and vignette title page, by H.K. Browne, who had also designed the cover illustrations for the serialized story. All but three of the illustrations, which include one dark plate with high black-and-white contrast and twenty-one horizontal illustrations, are clearly signed by the illustrator's pseudonym Phiz. David Copperfield is the second Dickens novel in which Browne uses the dark plate and horizontal illustration techniques.