This is a near fine (almost like new) leather-bound hardcover. 1979 Easton Press Collectors Edition. This copy is like new, crisp and clean inside and out. Bound in brown leather, the cover features gold gilt design front and title/author lettering along the handsome hubbed (raised) spine. All three page edges tipped in gold gilt and there is barely any wearing to gilt trim as often found in vintage gilt books. Inside pages are graced with red moire fabric endpapers front and back. The binding is tight and straight and presented in Smyth sewn binding with concealed muslin joints. Attached gold satin ribbon bookmark. Easton Press Collectors Editions were presented with an accompanying bookplate for the new owner. There is no accompanying bookplate nor is it seen attached inside with previous owners information. Therefore, a near fine or like new copy. Medium octavo book size or 6.5" x 9.5" with 821 pages.
This edition of David Copperfield by Charles Dickens by Easton Press is finely illustrated by John Austen. The frontispiece illustration of Dickens was specially commissioned. Originally published as a serial in 1849-1850, it was published as a novel in late 1850. It follows the life of David Copperfield as he leaves infancy into maturity. David is raised by his child-like mother and their housekeeper. Upon his mothers marriage, he is sent await 7 years old. When he returns, he develops a dislike for his mother new husband. Soon after, his mother dies in childbirth along with her baby.
Deemed as his most autobiographical novel, episodes of Dickens' life can be discerned.
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