Men and Women.London: Chapman & Hall, 1855 Stock Code: 145103
"Infinite passion, and the pain / of finite hearts that yearn"First edition, an exceptional fine set in the original cloth, of Browning's most enduring collection. Men and Women was Robert's "Sonnets from the Portuguese", being the first published after his marriage to fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett. It features many love poems, including "Love Among the Ruins", "Any Wife to Any Husband", "Love in a Life", "Life in a Love", "The Last Ride Together", and "Two in the Campagna".
The collection also includes highly significant longer poems such as "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came" and "Andrea Del Sarto". The publication has proven quite fragile, and copies surviving in such sparkling condition, especially in the original cloth, are very seldom encountered. This copy has the contemporary ownership inscription to vol. 1 title page of Emma Barclay, and the armorial stamps of the Scottish clan Barclay to the front endpapers.
2 volumes, foolscap octavo. Original green morocco-grain cloth, spines lettered in gilt, sides panelled in blind, pale yellow coated endpapers, edges untrimmed (Carter A). Housed in a green morocco backed bookform slipcase with chemises.
An exceptional copy, spines sunned but the gilt still very bright and otherwise a truly fine set.
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