"The Letters of Charles Dickens". Published by the Oxford University Press.[First Edition - With All The First Edition Points Save Two (Smith)]. For full description see below - after all photographs. London Bradbury & Evans 1850, First Edition. WITH AN AUTHENTICATED LETTER LOOSELY INSERTED TO THE FRONT OF THE VOLUME; AUTHENTICATED BY Dr Leon Litvack, THE Principal EDITOR OF "THE CHARLES DICKENS LETTERS PROJECT" and Reader in Victorian Studies at The School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen's University, Belfast and Refenced in Volume 6, page 182 of Pilgrim's "The Letters of Charles Dickens" Published by the Oxford University Press.
First Edition with 40 illustrations by H. Browne including the illustrated title page, 8vo, contemporary half-quarter calf over cloth boards, very handsomely tooled in gilt on the raised bands of the spine, lettered in gilt in two compartments.
With an original autographed letter and signed, sealed and stamped. Loosely inserted an Autograph letter in the third person ("Mr Charles Dickens"), to John Moss, regretting that "his avocations render it quite impossible for him to accept the invitation of the Derby Mechanic's Institution"; with signed autograph envelope, 1 page, Broadstairs, 28 September 1850. Mr Charles Dickens presents his compliments to Mr Moss, and regrets that his avocations render it quite impossible for him to accept the invitation of the Derby Mechanic's Institution. Broadstairs, Kent, Twentyeighth September 1850.Envelope addressed to John Moss Esquire, Derby, with Charles Dickens' signature beneath, with a one penny stamp to the top right corner. Three circular post office stamps to the reverse for Broadstairs, Ramsgate and Derby, and the remaims of a wax seal to the centre of the envelope rear. A letter penned by DICKENS DURING THE FINAL STAGES OF WRITING DAVID COPPERFIELD. The last three monthly editions of Copperfield (for September, October and November 1850) appeared while Dickens was on an extended holiday with his family at Broadstairs, the last words of the novel - the completion of such an ambitious and strongly autobiographical novel proving an especially intense and draining experience - being written on 23 October, the family returning to town the next day. Additional "avocations" preoccupying him at this time included the birth of his tenth and last child and the establishment of his first weekly periodical, Household Words, the second number of which is dated 28 September. For many lovers of the author's works, DAVID COPPERFIELD ranks as the finest of his writings. "Of all my books, " Dickens wrote, I like this the best; like many fond parents I have my favourite child, and his name is David Copperfield. First Edition, early issue with all first issue errors as follows.
Chapter XXVII on page 282 and not page 283 as listed on the contents page. Vignette title page not listed. Xiv 2 plates up from the bottom printed "shown" in the list of plates but "shewn" on the engraving. 16, line 1 & p.225, line 22 -'recal' instead of'recall'. 19, 12 lines up from the bottom - "cha pter" and "; ut" appears. 30 line 13 - full stop (period) after "and". 34 line 12 - comma slightly apart from "mother". 74 7 lines up from the bottom - "bo" instead of "bor". 93 13 lines up from the bottom "controuled" instead of "controlled". 180 lines 18 and 19 close spacing of some words.
237 12 lines up from the bottom - initial quotes before "Not". 254 line 25 - "ence" spaced apart.285 lines 7 and 8 - no speech quotes. 369 line 24 - single rather than double speech quotes. 387, 6 lines from the bottom'coroboration' instead of'corroboration'. 472, 13 lines from the bottom - there are no closing of the quotation marks.
558 19 lines up - for "Norwich" read "Ipswich" (Dickens's errata). 597 23 lines up - "bnt" instead of "but". First state of the engraved vignette title (dated).
Thirty-nine fabulous engraved plates of which one is the frontispiece by H. And with the'Errata' slip. Page viii (preface) has the final'i' misaligned. 296 line 11 - full stop (period) slightly after "air" and "Uriah" on p.No Half-title, presumably not bound in. The only first issue points that does not match are. 132 line 20 "screamed" for "screwed". Comma after Parliament in plate 6 not in title on one etching of figure. A clean copy of this work, with some offsetting to the pages opposite the plates and some foxing to the plates. Bibliographic references taken from Smith, pp. Charles Dickens' highly autobiographical novel, whose story is told almost entirely from the point of view of the first person narrator, David Copperfield himself; the first Dickens novel to do so. Approximately 8 ½ inches tall. Spine - very good condition - gilt titles to a red label.
Joints - very good condition. Corners - very good condition.
Boards - good condition - marbled paper boards with leather quarters. Page edges - good condition - marbled, slightly darkened.
Hinges - very good condition. Paste down - good condition - new. End paper - good condition - new end papers. Title - good condition - gently tanned and foxed to the engraved title and frontispiece. Pages - good condition - gently tanned to the pages, foxed to the plates, offsetting to the pages opposite the plates.Publication Date: 1850 Binding: Hardback. We take great pride in photographing all our books, maps and prints and in describing every detail. Ruler in picture is 6 inches long. Please Browse all other books and prints in my Shop.
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