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Dickens Charles The Personal History of David Copperfield

First Edition Prices, Values and Auction Results

Dickens was of the rare breed of author who achieved fame in his own lifetime. One of his most famous writing elements was his penchant for making much of his fiction autobiographical in nature. The Personal History of David Copperfield is one such work believed to be heavily based on the great writer's own life, following an impoverished child who becomes a celebrated writer in adulthood. The 1850 piece of literature became a classic still read today. The first edition was the original volume that bound the 1849 serial into one complete work in 8vo page sizing. It features 38 original etched plates and a beautiful crimson binding. It also features bind from the original parts that includes an advertisement on verso.

We collected a sample of 6 auction results of Dickens, Charles's The Personal History of David Copperfield from 1 different auction houses. The lowest overall price realized in our sample was $161 and the highest overall price realized was $1495. The overall average price was $673 and the median price realized for the book was $604. There were 2 auctions (33%) with a price realized below the low estimate, 2 auctions (33%) exceeding the high estimates, and 2 auctions (33%) within the range of the low and high estimates. Auctions of interest include: a Swann sale on November 21, 2013 of a 1850 - Bradbury and Evans edition for $813 that first issue bound from original parts; a Swann sale on October 24, 2002 of a 1850 edition for $633 that first edition in book form;

Recent Auction Results:

Auction House Auction Date Author Title City Publisher Year Estimate Sale Price Auction Page Other Copies
Swann November 21, 2013 Dickens, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield London Bradbury and Evans 1850 $600-$900 $813 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann October 1, 2009 Dickens, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield London Bradbury and Evans 1850 $500-$750 $360 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann November 11, 2004 Dickens, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield London 1850 $500-$750 $1495 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann May 22, 2003 Dickens, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield London 1850 $400-$600 $575 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann October 24, 2002 Dickens, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield London 1850 $400-$600 $633 Swann Copies for Sale
Swann January 17, 2002 Dickens, Charles. The Personal History of David Copperfield London 1911 $200-$300 $161 Swann Copies for Sale