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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 & 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 [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 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. #1430)  C$1,650

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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

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Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, POEMS BEFORE CONGRESS (London: Chapman & Hall, 1860).  First edition, first issue, 19 x 13cm (tall 8vo), in publisher's red ribbed-morocco grain cloth w/gilt title to fr. cover, embossed design to covers, a.e. untrimmed, chocolate ep.s, [i-v] vi-xiii [ix-x], [1] 2-65 [66] pp., +1p. & 32pp. publ. cat. (dated February 1860, according to Colbeck "the earliest date noted so far") to rear.  Printed by Bradbury & Evans, London.  Binding Good (extremities moderately bumped, spine & rear cover a bit soiled, & rear hinge starting); contents Very Good (1st & final few leaves sl. spotted).  Ashley I 101-02 (apparently lacking the early publ. cat.), Colbeck 16.  (Inv. #1475)  C$600

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