London: Edward Moxon, Dover Street, MDCCCXLIV (1844). Two vols., 8vo., 8, xvi, 250; iv, 275 pp. Original blind-stamped slate green vertically ribbed publishers cloth with title in gilt to backstrip. Housed in blue cloth slipcase with blue morocco backstrip and title stamped in gilt. Some minor fraying to head and tail of backstrip and corners, top-edge slightly darkened, otherwise internally bright; very good. First edition, mixed issue. Vol. I page  measures 7.5 cm from the direction line to the fly title. Lines 11-12 page 141 read ...Let your flood/Of bitter scorn dash on me! Vol. II page 160 misnumbered 60; 163 misnumbered 16; 275 has the words THE END. Publishers catalogue inserted at the front of the first volume is dated January 1, 1846, but bears no relation to the priority of the printing. Barnes A5. Elizabeth Barrett Brownings (1806-1861) two-volume Poems gained her international fame and prompted her courtship with Robert Browning whom she later married, noting during their courtship that she would remain EBB as she was when Poems was published. Her literary reputation would eventually surpass her poet husband, and inspire other famous female poets such as Emily Dickinson whom kept a framed portrait of EBB in her room, and Virginia Woolf who attempted to regenerate enthusiasm for EBB in the 1930s. Poems includes some of EBBs most beloved works, including the politically toned Cry for the Children, and the favorite among sentimental readers, Lady Geraldines Courtship: A Romance of the Age. The strong female characters of Poems foreshadows the heroine of her later epic poem Aurora Leigh, and solidifies EBBs legacy as an influential early feminist voice in literature.
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