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BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett.


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London: Chapman & Hall, 1850 Stock Code: 132112
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Rare first appearance of Sonnets from the Portuguese

First edition with the Sonnets from the Portuguese, handsomely bound with the original cloth preserved within, and both half-titles. EBB's Poems had first appeared in 1844, but this "New Edition" (the second overall) contains in the second volume the coveted and rare first appearance of Sonnets from the Portuguese, some of the most famous love poems in the English language, including most prominently "How do I love thee, let me count the ways...".

It is also the first to give EBB's married name, she having only met Robert immediately after the publication of the first edition. It was Elizabeth Barrett's original 1844 Poems which attracted the attention of, and led to her introduction to, Robert Browning, in turn resulting in the whirlwind love affair that led to the composition of these famous love poems in the years immediately following. This copy is in the second state with the publisher's imprint "193 Piccadilly" instead of "186 Strand" and cloth being blue rather than brown, the first state being very rare.

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Two volumes, octavo (169 x 106 mm). Attractively bound to style in modern green half calf, spines in compartments with gilt and blind decoration, red morocco title label gilt to each, marbled sides, brown coated endpapers, top edges gilt. With the original cloth bound in at the rear of each volume.


Fine condition, clean within.


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