(London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1889-1890).

A FINE SET, HANDSOMELY BOUND OF THE WRITINGS BY THIS GREAT POET OF 19TH CENTURY ENGLAND. This is the most complete edition of Browning's works. It first appeared in 5 volumes in 1866, and was extended to 6 as here in 1889. It includes the preface to the first collected edition of 1844 and the advertisement to the 1856 edition. Also in this edition, appearing for the first time, is a 4-page prefatory note by Robert Browning correcting several biographical errors. An especially attractive set.
Browning’s poetry was already critically and publicly accepted while she was alive; for example, she was considered Wordsworth’s successor as poet laureate upon his death. However, Browning’s more advanced ideas may appeal to readers of this generation. Browning was sympathetic to the ideas of Mary Wollstonecraft, politically progressive in her views and in the literary realm, transformed poetic style and content. Thus, her work is by no means a mere curiosity but rather representative of the highest literary and intellectual achievements. Item #28829

6 volumes. With an engraved frontispiece in each volume (mostly portraits of Browning at various periods of her life) and a number of other full page engravings. 8vo, handsomely bound and signed by Estes & Lauriat in contemporary three-quarter crushed dark-green morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered in two panels of the spines, the remaining four with a small gilt floral tool inlaid with red morocco, the raised bands of the spine nicely tooled in gilt, t.e.g. xviii, (2), 306; vi, 287; viii, 293; vi, 294; vi, 290; (iv), 393 pp. including general index and index to first lines. A fine set, the backs as usual, mellowed to a handsome and pleasing honey colour.

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