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(CHIVERS BINDING.) BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett.

Sonnets from the Portuguese.

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Published: London George G. Harrap & Company, [c.1910]

Stock Code: 133918

£875
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

A charming example of a Chivers binding, evidently commissioned as a third anniversary gift, making appropriate use of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's love sonnets, written in the first years of her falling in love with Robert Browning. They include the famous sonnet "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways", though in this copy a single pencil underlining draws attention to a different poem: "The wildest land / doom takes to part us, leaves thy heart in mine / with pulses that beat double. What I do / and what I dream include thee, as the wine / must taste of its own grapes. And when I sue / God for myself, He hears that name of thine, / and sees within my eyes the tears of two."

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Description

Duodecimo (151 x 115). Finely bound by Cedric Civers of Bath in full polished calf, titles gilt to spine with gilt border and decoration in blind, front panelled with gilt border, elaborate blind-tooled decoration, and two gilt-bordered and -tooled sections of mother-of-pearl inlay hand-painted under a strip of vellum (in the Chivers style), one giving the initials "GS" within a heart, and the other "March 20th 1907-1910" with gilt-tooled heart symbol. Housed in the original fleece-lined tan cloth folding case.

Illustrations

Portrait frontispiece.

Condition

Bookplate to front pastedown. Top inlay a little smudged, otherwise an excellent example.

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