The Personal History of David Copperfield - Charles Dickens Circa 1900 - Chapman and Hall Ltd., London - Universal Edition of Works ‘Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.’

Finely bound early edition with the illustrated title pages and the 40 original illustrations by ‘Phiz’.

‘In this book of
David Copperfield, [Dickens] has created creatures who cling to us and tyrannise over us, creatures whom we would not forget if we could, creatures whom we could not forget if we would, creatures who are more actual than the man who made them.’ – G. K. Chesterton

The story of a boy making his way in the world, and finding himself as a man and as a writer. In the first half, before Dickens's irrepressible storytelling kicks in and the motor of the novel starts to hum with incident, we find him almost meditating on his literary beginnings. The second half displays Dickens at his magnificent, and often uneven, best. There are the characteristic prose arpeggios, the virtuoso similes and metaphors, and the parade of timeless characters: Mr Micawber, Mrs Gummidge, Betsey Trotwood, Barkis, Uriah Heep, Steerforth, Mr Spenlow (of Spenlow and Jorkins) and Miss Mowcher.
  References: Drabble, Oxford Companion to English Literature 739. Horne, The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators 365. Animation Resources, web. Penguin Classics, web.

Thick octavo (binding size 23x15.5cm), pp. [2] xviii 735 [1].
  Bound in three quarter green morocco over marbled boards, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, top edge tinted, bottom edge untrimmed.   Condition: Near fine, browning to spine, one or two spots to foredge.   Ref: 110146   Price: HK$ 2,000