||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  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