New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, . Original white publisher's cloth binding with ornate gilt to spine and front board. All edges brightly gilt. Toning to spine and some soiling to extremities. Brown coated endpapers. Binder's ticket to front flyleaf. Internally about Fine, with a clean and tight textblock, and beautifully colored illustrations. A delightful copy of Browning's most important sonnets.
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." Illustrated by Margaret Armstrong in the art nouveau style, this book makes a lovely and pleasing gift copy of Browning's romantic sonnets. (Item #2520)