frontispiece and title page
The New York Public Library, Berg Collection of
English and American Literature

Young David Copperfield and the friendly waiter."
This original pen-and-ink and wash drawing on tissue paper by "Phiz" (Hablot K. Browne), illustrates a scene from chapter 5 of David Copperfield. Young David has unhappily been sent away from home to attend school near London; at an inn en route he meets the waiter who is to serve him: "He was a twinkling-eyed, pimple-faced man, with his hair standing upright all over his head; and as he stood with one arm a-kimbo, holding up the glass to the light with the other hand, he looked quite friendly." This "friendly" waiter is about to cleverly divest David of the meal that is due him, polishing off chops, potatoes, ale and almost all of the pudding himself.

Dickens on His "Favourite Child"

"Of all my books, I like this the best. It will be easily believed that I am a fond parent to every child of my fancy, and that no one can ever love that family as dearly as I love them. But, like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is DAVID COPPERFIELD."

--Charles Dickens, preface to David Copperfield in the Charles Dickens Edition (1869)