|Barrett, Elizabeth Barrett (later Mrs.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning), POEMS (London: Edward Moxon,
1844). Two volumes, first editions, second states, 17 x 10.5cm
(16mos), bound by Riviere & Son (stamped in gilt to lower fr.
turn-ins) in full russet morocco w/gilt titles & 5 raised bands to
spines, t.e.g. (others untrimmed), ornate ½" gilt dentelles,
grey & white swirled ep.s, [i-iii] iv-xvi, [1-3] 4-250; & [iii]
iv, [1-3] 4-275  pp. +1p. publ. advert to rear of Vol. I.
The original green fine rib-grain cloth covers (each w/embossed
decorations) & gilt-titled spines are all included in the rear of
each binding. Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London. Upon
reading these poems Robert Browning wrote to the author & expressed
his glowing admiration, an event which initiated one of literature's
most remarkable love stories. Bindings Very Good (extremities
moderately worn, fr. joints & hinges cracked, & tidemarks to
Vol. II's covers w/some wear to upper edge of rear); contents Near-Fine
(lt. toning to outer margins). Slater p.45, Ashley I 94-95,
Ehrsam & Deily 53-54, Colbeck 6. (Inv. #1169) C$1,400