(London: Bradbury & Evans, 1850). 214 x 130 mm. (8 3/8 x 5 1/8"). xiv pp.,  leaf (errata), 624 pp. FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, bound up from the parts (stab holes visible).
HANDSOME DARK BLUE CRUSHED MOROCCO, BY BAYNTUN-RIVIERE (stamp-signed on front turn-in), covers with gilt fillet border, upper cover with oval medallion gilt portrait of Dickens, lower cover with gilt facsimile of his signature, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments with central starburst formed by lozenge and lancet tools, this within a lozenge of small tools and a frame with intricately curling cornerpieces, gilt titling, densely gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. In a blue cloth slipcase lined with felt. Frontispiece, added engraved title, and 38 plates by H. K. Browne. Eckel, pp. 77-78; Hodnett, pp.111-12. Spine gently sunned to a pleasing gray-blue, tiny corner crease to engraved title, isolated negligible spots of foxing, other trivial imperfections, but A FINE COPY, unusually clean, fresh, and bright, in a lustrous, unworn binding.
This is an especially appealing copy of what Day calls "one of the best-loved novels in English," noting that the "essentially autobiographical" work was Dickens' favorite of his own writings. The illustrations by longtime Dickens collaborator Hablot Knight Browne bring the memorable characters to life. Hodnett tells us that "Dickens and . . . Browne are the most celebrated author-artist team in the history of English book illustration," and Copperfield was their "most popular success." Our copy was beautifully bound by Bayntun-Riviere of Bath, a firm formed in 1937 by merging two eminent British workshops: the Bayntun firm, founded in Bath in 1894 (and still in operation today), and the Riviere bindery, which had been a respected workshop since its founding by Robert Riviere in 1829. (ST16866q)
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PJP Catalog: 78.205