Just as these novels had belonged to David Copperfield's father, so copies of these popular works had been owned by the father of Charles Dickens, and were among the books read by Charles during his own childhood.
Each of these novels was published in the 1700s, with the exception of Cervantes' Don Quixote, which was published in the early 1600s.
Some of them are picaresque, i.e. they recount the adventures of a roguish protagonist in realistic yet humorous detail. The remainder are adventure stories, and a reader may trace certain qualities in Dickens' style which find their root in these novels.