Poems...New Edition. Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

Poems...New Edition.

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

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