Robert Browning (1812-1889) represents the intellectual and argumentative strand in English poetry in contrast to the more ornate style of Spenser and Tennyson. His poetry demonstrates how a poet must be a sharp perceptive observer of the complexity of the human condition. Perhaps his most moving poetry was written to express his feelings for his ...Read MoreRobert Browning (1812-1889) represents the intellectual and argumentative strand in English poetry in contrast to the more ornate style of Spenser and Tennyson. His poetry demonstrates how a poet must be a sharp perceptive observer of the complexity of the human condition. Perhaps his most moving poetry was written to express his feelings for his wife, the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, in which he deals in a very 'modern' way with the uncomfortable fact that we can never quite bridge the gap between ourselves and the people we love.Read Less
Poor. No Jacket. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Dark red leather with still bright gilt lettering. Front and back are detatched, leather has detatched from cardstock, but is present. Faint old dampstain in gutter throughout. Frontispiece with tissue present. Pages are clean with no markings in text. Edges of leather are chipped, but book is restorable.
VG. Decorative floral paper over boards with cream quarter cloth with stamped gilt title and design, 12mo. xxxviii+512pp. Indexed by title and first line. Notes, bibliography. Biographical and critical introductions by Charlotte Porter and Helen A. Clarke. Light to moderate soil, fading to boards and cloth; gilt page edges still bright. Bumping with wear to all corners (paper loss tips lower corners). Interior pages clean and unmarked.
N/A. Full leatherbound First Edition published by THE THOMAS Y. CROWELL COMPANY (New York) in 1896. 512 pages of bright, clean text. The interior is unblemished and appears unread. The frontispiece of Browning with a protective tissue in place is unblemished. Very light foxing to end papers is noted. Inside, the covers and the end papers are mottled brown in color. The covers and the spine are flexible leather, burgundy in color. Minor rubbing to the cover points and the spine ends. Upper spine end has a 1/4" split. The Title is embossed into the front cover and the spine. The Title is surrounded by a floral vine, also in gilt. Gilt decorations are also present on the spine. The binding is tight with no latent flaws. The publication is rated Very Good.
Fair/No Jacket. Front hinges broken with webbing exposed. Decorative leather binding with floral detail. Heavy discoloration on back cover. Fair condition. Moderate shelf wear, edge wear, rubbing and bumping on covers. Binding intact. (Z17)
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