POETICAL WORKS

POETICAL WORKS

(London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1888-1894).

AN APPEALING SET OF THE WRITINGS BY THIS GREAT POET OF 19TH CENTURY ENGLAND. The first collected edition of Browning's poems appeared in two volumes in 1849, but consisted only of "Bells and Pomegranates" and "Paracelsus". Although the present is called the"third" edition (presumably in deference to a selection of Browning's work edited by John Forster and Barry Cornwall and published by Chapman and Hall in the previous year, although dated 1863 on the title), it is in fact only the second, and the first to attain any semblance of completeness. The three volumes are divided into "Lyrics, Romances, Men, and Women" (a volume formed by combining the "Dramatic Romances and Lyrics" of the 1849 edition with the poems of "Men and Women" published in 1855); "Tragedies and other Plays"; and "Paracelsus, Christmas Eve and Easter Day, Sordello". This set represents the most complete edition of all of Robert Browning's work. Item #28830

17 volumes. The most complete of the editions of Browning's writings. 8vo, bound in very handsome contemporary three-quarter crushed green morocco over marbled boards. The backs with raised bands gilt ruled, the compartments with central gilt floral device inlaid with red morocco, end-leaves of marbled paper to match the covers, top edge gilt. A very attractive set in handsome turn of the century bindings, the contents appearing essentially unused and the bindings with extremely little evidence of wear. The backs are mellowed to honey as is the usual with green morocco.

Price: $650.00