London: Bradbury & Evans, 1850. H.K. Browne. First edition. Bound by Bayntun in full red polished calf, Dickens' portrait stamped in gilt on the front board, blue and green morocco spine labels, all edges gilt, marbled end papers. Tipped in to the first blank is an envelope signed by Charles Dickens. Internal contents are in excellent condition, clean and bright. Slight wear to the outer joint of the front board, still holding well. A lovely copy of one of Dickens' best, and his most autobiographical novel.
"David Copperfield has always been among Dickens' most popular novels and was his own 'favorite child.' The work is semi-autobiographical and although the title character differed from his creator in many ways, Dickens used him to relate early personal experiences that had meant much to him -- his work in a factory, his schooling, and his emergence from parliamentary reporting into successful novel writing" (Britannica). Like many of Dickens' novels, David Copperfield uses an individual, tracing his widening system of relationships as he moves through life, to explore the interconnectedness of humans, the way race, gender, and class can affect their paths, and the degree to which we have free-will. Near Fine (Item #3315)