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A copy of David Copperfield taken on Scott's Antarctic expedition in 1910.



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David Copperfield

Production person

Dickens, Charles

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This cheap edition copy of David Copperfield travelled with Robert Falcon Scott and his men to Antarctica in 1910. When half of Scott’s men were stranded in an ice cave for 7 months, they read to each other every night for comfort and entertainment. After 60 nights they finished David Copperfield and as one of the men wrote, they were ‘very sorry to part with him’. The book is housed with a letter of provenance.

Other number

2489 (2009 DH object access database number)

Acqusition history

The book was gifted to the Museum by the Auckland New Zealand branch of the Dickens Fellowship in 1955.
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