London: Caradoc Press, 1906. Bound in full blue morocco by Asprey. Gilt to spine and boards with monogram DDAT to front, all edges gilt. Gentle sunning to spine, but binding in overall lovely condition. Floral endpapers. Textblock is clean and tight, with bright rubricated letters and woodcut borders by H. G. Webb. Contemporary gift inscription in ink to front endpaper: "To be great is to rise over the trivialities and partialities of uninformed desire and to rule one's self." A beautiful copy of one of Browning's most famous poems.
Praised by journalist Harriet Martineau as an "immense advance" in original poetry, Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese was immensely popular immediately following its release. Composed before her marriage to Robert Browning, the poems were hailed for their intimate expressions of love and their admission of female desire. Among the most quoted is Sonnet 43: "How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My sould can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level of every day's Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. I love thee freely, as men strive for right." An exceptional collection of poetry in a beautiful fine binding. Fine (Item #2437)