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BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett, 1806-1861 & BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : TWO POEMS.

BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett, 1806-1861 & BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : TWO POEMS.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1854. First edition : one of an undisclosed but very modest number of copies printed for Arabella Barrett (Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s sister) for sale at a charity bazaar in aid of a Refuge for Young Destitute Girls. The two poems, both previously unpublished, are E.B.B.’s “A Plea for the Ragged Schools of London” and R.B.’s “The Twins”.
Post 8vo (21cm). (16)pp. Original pale cream wrappers, printed on upper wrapper in black; some minor wear; a few slight marks and faint discolouration to edges and corners, but a very good copy of a very fragile item.

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BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : FIFINE AT THE FAIR.

BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : FIFINE AT THE FAIR.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1872. First edition. Don Juan discourses to his wife on the attractions of a gipsy dancer. “The whole of Mr. Browning’s poem ... is an illustration of his text that the life of man is an error lived by the help of truth, a life of falsehood which implies the need and capacity for reality, a life of illusion grounded and fulfilled in some ultimate perception of true being, a life of endless yearning after that which always eludes and yet always inspires us ... This is the theme which Mr. Browning pursues through many a page of his eccentric, caustic, abrupt, business-like passion, into something like a philosophy of love, of beauty, of art, and even of faith” (from the original “Spectator” review).
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). xii,(172)pp. Original red-brown cloth over bevelled boards, ruled in black on upper and lower cover and spine, blocked and lettered in gilt on spine; grey endpapers; a touch dulled; very faint wear to extremities; mild spotting of endpapers, but a very good copy. Wise 15.

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BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : ARISTOPHANES’ APOLOGY INCLUDING A TRANSCRIPT FROM EURIPIDES : BEING THE LAST ADVENTURE OF BALAUSTION.

BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : ARISTOPHANES’ APOLOGY INCLUDING A TRANSCRIPT FROM EURIPIDES : BEING THE LAST ADVENTURE OF BALAUSTION.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1875. First edition. A long poem in blank verse – Balaustion defending Euripdean humanism, Aristophanes arguing for realism.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). [viii],366,[ii]pp. Original green cloth, ruled and blocked on upper cover in black; ruled in blind on lower cover; ruled and lettered in gilt across spine; grey endpapers; slightly rubbed and darkened, light wear at corners; endpapers strained at joints; a little shaken; a few minor marks and creases, but a good copy. Pencilled ownership inscription of Mark Wilks on title-page, with an extract from a scathing contemporary review in “The World” copied in pencil on last leaf.

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BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : PACCHIAROTTO AND HOW HE WORKED IN DISTEMPER : WITH OTHER POEMS.

BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : PACCHIAROTTO AND HOW HE WORKED IN DISTEMPER : WITH OTHER POEMS.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1876. First edition. Prologue, epilogue, and seventeen poems, including “At the Mermaid”, “Natural Magic”, “St. Martin’s Summer”, etc.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). viii,(242),[ii]pp. Original pink-grey cloth, ruled in black on upper and lower covers, and ruled and lettered across spine in gilt; grey endpapers; a few slight spots, but a very good and bright copy. With the bookplate and dated 1876 ownership inscription of Alfred Erskine Gathorne-Hardy (1845-1918), M.P. for Canterbury and later East Grinstead.

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BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : LA SAISIAZ : THE TWO POETS OF CROISIC.

BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : LA SAISIAZ : THE TWO POETS OF CROISIC.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1878. First edition. Two long poems, Browning in elegaic mode following the death of Annie Egerton Smith at La Saisiaz in 1977.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). [viii],(202),[ii]pp. Original blue-green cloth; ruled in black on upper cover and in blind on lower cover; ruled and lettered across spine in gilt; grey endpapers; just a hint of rubbing; light spotting of prelims and edges, but a very good and bright copy. Ownership inscription of Anita Honor, dated St. Valentine’s Day 1885.

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BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : DRAMATIC IDYLS : SECOND SERIES.

BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : DRAMATIC IDYLS : SECOND SERIES.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1880. First edition. Echetlos, Clive, Muleykeh, Pietro of Abano, Doctor – , and Pan and Luna.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). [viii],(150),[ii]pp. Original dark brown cloth, ruled on upper and lower cover in black; ruled and lettered across spine in gilt; grey endpapers; a few slight spots, but a very good and bright copy indeed. With the bookplate and contemporary (1880) ownership inscription of Alfred Erskine Gathorne-Hardy (1845-1918), M.P. for Canterbury and later East Grinstead.

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BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : FERISHTAH’S FANCIES.

BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : FERISHTAH’S FANCIES.

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1884. First edition. Prologue, epilogue and twelve connected fancies – Browning adopting the persona of a Persian soothsayer to cover various religious and moral topics.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). [viii],(144),[viii]pp. Original deep olive cloth, blocked on upper cover in black; ruled and lettered across spine in gilt; grey endpapers; very lightly worn and slightly darkened; front endpaper a little strained; a few internal marks and spots, but still a good and partly unopened copy.

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BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : PARLEYINGS WITH CERTAIN PEOPLE OF IMPORTANCE IN THEIR DAY : TO WIT : BERNARD DE MANDEVILLE ...

BROWNING, Robert, 1812-1889 : PARLEYINGS WITH CERTAIN PEOPLE OF IMPORTANCE IN THEIR DAY : TO WIT : BERNARD DE MANDEVILLE ...

London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1887. First edition. The major work of Browning’s later years – literary and historical dialogues with Bernard de Mandeville, Daniel Bartoli, Christopher Smart, George Bubb Dodington, Francis Furini, Gerard de Lairesse, and Charles Avison.
Foolscap 8vo (18cm). [viii],268,[iv]pp. Original red-brown cloth, ruled in black on upper cover, and in blind on lower cover; ruled and lettered across spine in gilt; grey endpapers; some very minor rubbing to extremities, occasional slight spotting, but a very good, bright and largely unopened copy.

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