Poems (1844) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Barrett, Elizabeth Barrett (later Mrs. Elizabeth Barrett Browning), POEMS (London: Edward Moxon, 1844).  Two volumes, first editions (Vol. I is the first state while Vol. II is the second), 17.5 x 11cm (small 8vos), in publisher's green vertically-ribbed cloth w/decorative embossed borders to covers, embossed ruling & gilt titles spines, a.e. untrimmed, [i-iii] iv-xvi, [1-3] 4-250; & [iii] iv, [1-3] 4-275 [276] pp. +1p. publ. advert to rear of Vol. I.  Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London.  With the decorative bookplate of Frank Fletcher to fr. pastedowns, & bookseller's ticket of Morton (Boston) to fr. pastedown; also loosely inserted is a "Bibliographica" slip w/typescript description & quote from Edgar Allan Poe ("That Miss Barrett has done more, in poetry, than any woman, will scarcely be questioned").  Both vol.s enclosed in a stiff slipcase covered in dark green sand-grain cloth.  Volume I corresponds to the Ashley copy in that the 8pp. publ. cat. is not present.  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 Good (spines faded to brown w/mended splits & moderate loss); contents Near-Fine.  Slater p.45, Ashley I 94-95, Ehrsam & Deily 53-54, Colbeck 5 & 6.  (Inv. #1430)  C$1,650

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