Barrett, Elizabeth B[arrett]. (later
Mrs. Elizabeth Barrett Browning), THE SERAPHIM AND OTHER POEMS
(London: Saunders & Otley, 1838). First edition, 17.5 x 10cm
(12mo), in contemp. ¾ dark olive calf over marbled boards
w/gilt-on-red leather title-label to spine, 5 raised bands, a.e.
red-speckled, cream ep.s, [i-v] vi-xviii [ixx] xx-xxi [xxii], [1-3]
4-360 pp. Printed by Samuel Bentley, London. With the
initials "M.P.F." stamped in gilt to foot of spine. Binding Good
(extremities rubbed w/head of spine chipped, boards a bit faded, &
ep.s spotted w/tidemarks to lower corners of final 2 blanks); contents
Near-Fine (infrequent lt. toning). Ashley I 93-94, Colbeck
4. (Inv. #1454) C$450
Barrett, Elizabeth Barrett (later Mrs.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning), POEMS (London: Edward Moxon,
1844). Two volumes, first editions (Vol. I is the first state
& Vol. II is the second state), 17.5 x 11cm (small 8vos), in
publisher's green vertically-ribbed cloth w/decorative embossed borders
to covers, embossed ruling & gilt titles to spines, a.e. untrimmed,
[i-iii] iv-xvi, [1-3] 4-250; & [iii] iv, [1-3] 4-275  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 slipcase covered in
dark green sand-grain cloth. 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.