1850. London: Chapman & Hall, 1850.
Two vols., 8vo., xii, 362; vii, 480 pp. Original slate-blue fine-ribbed cloth, blocked in blind with floral border and center medallion to both boards, and title in gilt to backstrip. Housed in a brown half-morocco and buckram slipcase, with matching four-fold buckram folders for each volume. Covers are slightly scuffed, backstrip with a hint of sun-toning, early owner signature in ink to first endpaper of volume two; a very good set. With the bookplate of H. Bradley Martin to the folder encasing volume one.
§ The second, revised and expanded edition, in the secondary binding (with “London” on the backstrip). It includes a new advertisement by the author, the true first appearance of “Sonnets from the Portuguese,” an entirely new version of “one early failure,” being a translation of Prometheus of Aeschylus titled “Prometheus Bound,” and other poems “hitherto unprinted.” One of T. J. Wise’s most audacious forgeries was a “pre-print” of the Sonnets, dated “Reading, 1847,” corroborated by Edmund Gosse with an anecdote about its origin (Critical Kit-Kats, 1896). Tinker 399. Wise, Ashley Library, I, 95. Barnes A6. Item #108570