“HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS”: LIMITED EDITION OF SONNETS FROM THE PORTUGUESE, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND BY THE HARCOURT BINDERY
BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett. Sonnets from the Portuguese. (Boston: Copeland and Day), 1896. Octavo, contemporary full burgundy morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and covers, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt.
Lovely limited edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s famous love poems, one of 750 copies printed, beautifully bound in full morocco-gilt by The Harcourt Bindery.
Written as a gift for her husband, Sonnets from the Portuguese "describes the growth and development of her love for Robert Browning. The title, chosen to disguise the personal nature of the poems by suggesting that they were a translation, was a secret reference for the Brownings to his nickname for her, 'The Portuguese,' based on her poem 'Catarina to Camoens,' which Browning particularly admired and which portrayed a Portuguese woman's devotion to her poet lover" (Drabble, 920). Printed on English handmade paper, with ten-line elaborate woodcut initials and floral woodcut design on first page, all in the style of William Morris' Kelmscott Press. WWII-era gift inscription, with wartime obituary of an American marine laid in.
A beautiful copy.