London and Edinburgh: TC & EC Jack, [c. 1900]. Finely bound in full morocco with gilt to spine and boards. All edges brightly gilt. Blue endpapers. With the exception of light offsetting to front and rear endpapers, the text block is tight, clean, and neat. In all, a beautiful copy of this important literary work, for which Browning remains so well known.
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 #2856)