Casa Guidi Windows. A Poem.

Casa Guidi Windows. A Poem.
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London: Chapman & Hall, 1851. 8vo, vii, 140, (2), (1)-33, (1) pp. Original blue publisher’s cloth, gilt-lettered backstrip. A touch of wear to the foot of the backstrip, front joint cracking, contemporary gift inscription dated October 30, 1851 and small blindstamp on front free endpaper, modest bookplate on front paste down. A lovely unsophisticated copy with bright gilt and well-kept cloth, preserved in a quarter morocco slipcase. First edition with undated Chapman and Hall advertisement for “Works Preparing for Publication” followed by 33pp. catalogue dated 1851. The poem concerns the Italian Risorgimento, as viewed from the windows of the Brownings’ new home in Florence. Part one, written during 1849, records Browning’s optimism and desire to win the affection of her adopted home; part two, written in 1851, records her more seasoned understanding of the difficulties faced by those who fought for a unified and independent Italy, “a beautiful and unfortunate country”. Ashley Library I, p.101. Tinker 400. (Item Id: 109304)

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