London: Robt. Riviere & Son, Ltd, [c. 1920]. Later edition. Bound by Rivière & Son ca. 1920 in elaborate paneled full brown speckled calf. Covers with double gilt rules surrounding a wide panel of orange calf decoratively bordered in gilt, spine with five raised bands elaborately tooled in compartments, red morocco gilt lettering label, gilt board edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. Small octavo ( 5 13/16 x 3 13/16 inches; 147 x 96 mm.). xii, 277, [1 blank] pp. Photogravure frontispiece portrait. With a foreword by Alice Meynell. A fine example housed in the original brown cloth slip-case.
Robert Browning (1812- 1889) was an English poet and playwright whose mastery of dramatic verse, and in particular the dramatic monologue, made him one of the foremost Victorian poets. His poems are known for their irony, characterization, dark humor, social commentary, historical settings, and challenging vocabulary and syntax. The speakers in his poems are often musicians or painters whose work functions as a metaphor for poetry. (Item #3578)