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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. Head and tail of backstrip strengthened and corners, top-edge slightly darkened, otherwise internally bright; very good. First edition, mixed issue. Vol. I page [1] 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.” Publisher’s 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 Browning’s (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 EBB’s most beloved works, including the politically toned “Cry for the Children,” and the favorite among sentimental readers, “Lady Geraldine’s Courtship: A Romance of the Age.” The strong female characters of Poems foreshadows the heroine of her later epic poem Aurora Leigh, and solidifies EBB’s legacy as an influential early feminist voice in literature. (Item Id: 108336)

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