DICKENS, CHARLES The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger, of Blunderstone Rookery, (Which he never meant to be published, on any account.) Philadelphia: Lea and Blanchard, 1849-1850.
Original 20 parts bound in 19, original yellow printed wrappers, uncut, with ads for Lea and Blanchard publications on the inside, 16-page catalogue to part 1, housed in custom cloth-backed clamshell case with gilt-lettered spine label. First American edition (first edition per Wilkins, likely ran concurrently with Wiley edition in parts), with eight engraved plates. Chipping and soiling to wraps with 1x6-inch loss to top of upper wrap part 1, portion lacking from bottom part 16 wrap and text; starting to become unsewn, but contents intact.
Estimate $ 600-800
Property from a Private Chicago-area Collection
Literature: Wilkins, p. 28; Edgar and Vail (New York Public Library), p. 25; Not in Yale/Gimbel or VanderPoel
DICKENS, CHARLES. The Personal History, Adventures... of David Copperfield... Philadelphia, 1849-1850. Original parts.