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SOLD vintage book The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Browning Complete Edition, intro by husband poet Robert Browning, 1887 lovely soft leather

SOLD vintage book The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Browning Complete Edition, intro by husband poet Robert Browning, 1887 lovely soft leather

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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

Emily Browning is as well known as her husband, Robert Browning, today, but that is only because she was a woman writing at a time when men dominated the literary world and the publishing field, and when she should have been ignored she stood out, and became even more popular than her husband. She claimed the stage of the world with her words and she continues to inspire today as one of the world's most important poets of her time. I'd be willing to bet her published works began only because of the renown of her husband and his influence, but that was the start, and she took it and ran with it, and the public could only try to keep up with her, her popularity was so great.

After she began to enter into the reading public and get her works out there, it was clear she was a woman of her own mind and heart and talent that spoke to the people, and deserved to be printed and read by as many people as read her husband's works. Soon, she was read more. This, as a female writer, I truly admire. She was lucky, in a sense, but then the luck took her to her rightful place--it got her words read, and once they were they carried her on to her literary fame and journey through poetry that is both as inaccessible and accessible as her husband's own poems. That is her mystery, as it is his: what could she mean? These lovely verses, these meaningful passages, you want to plumb the depths of them and so many people did in her day. Especially, I would venture, her husband.

The influence between the both of them is clear. You can almost see as you read this book (or the one I have selling by Robert Browning) the image of them sitting at the dinner table or near the fireplace trading paper, conversation, lines and thoughts and dreams, their magic swirling round them to produce separate, but equally meaningful and transcendent, works of poetic sublimity.

I'm talking her up a lot, but she deserves it, and you'll find that in this book. I've pictured above a short poem that I find more in my style, and the book is littered with them, but then there are the harder ones, the scholarly ones that take readings and readings and readings to understand, that deserve study and careful attention and true, complex thought to appreciate. And they can be understood in different ways, too, which is why Elizabeth Barrett Browning is still studied today in colleges by English majors and hopeful writers and literary scholars alike. Emily Dickinson had a portrait of her hanging in her bedroom, she so admired the poet! Imagine that!

One of the main poems in this bunch, and one for which she is most remembered, is "Isobel's Child," a nine-part piece detailing the heart-breaking story of the death of a three-month old baby who has been lying all night in the mother's arms. You cannot read this poem and not cry, at least I can't, and the amount of passionate hope and loss and love and loneliness and despair and imagination that are packed into this work make it understandable it was one of her most beloved by professional critics and the general public. You cannot write something that powerful and keep it in a corner--it breaks out into the day and demands to be read, and when it is, it travels by word-of-mouth throughout all of England and all of the world as a great work, and everyone wants to gain access to it.

This book is your way of gaining access to it, along with many other poems of hers that so enchanted readers back then and today, and enchant me. Here are two excerpts from one of her most famous works, the work that starts out this collection, "Aurora Leigh," a four part epic novel poem about a woman named Aurora Leigh and her life and loves, beginning with her hopes of becoming a writer in Victorian England and her issues with a not-desirable lover asking over and over for her to be his wife. Her calling is she wants to be a poet, and it is modeled after Browning's own ambitions and life before her fame as a young woman. She wants to be "her own man" in a world of men, not the sidekick or second-class citizen alongside a man such as Romney, the suitor. This struggle is one that was both familiar to some women at the time, and unfamiliar to others so closed in their lives of rules and traditions and motherhood being one of the only courses a woman could take.

Aurora Leigh is a special woman, Elizabeth Barrett Browning made her up because she herself was a special woman, and together in this work they will never be forgotten.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Poetical Works of Elizabeth B Browning, Complete Edition
-Author: Elizabeth B Browning
-Prefatory Biographical Introduction: Robert Browning
-Format: Hardcover, Complete Edition, antique buttery-soft golden-tan leather, shining red/pink/gold page edges, blank front and spine, illustrated black and white portrait frontispiece protected by wax sheet from title page, rounded-edge pages, inside endpapers green and white Victorian design
-Condition: That perfect old book condition where it is readable, tightly bound, page-ends still shining and pages themselves clean and unmarked, still able to be ruffled through (meaning not brittle yet), cracked/scratched slightly on the antique leather that is so soft and touchable after all these years, just exactly what you look for when you think "vintage book" -- it would make anyone curious, too, in that not only is it beautiful but it has no writing anywhere on it on the outside, so it looks for all the world like a journal of some sort, but no! It is a gorgeous old work of poetry famous English poetry from one of the most famous female poets in all of British history. So condition is, as far as old books go, ideal. :)
-Publisher: A. L. Burton Company
-Copyright: Unstated, 1844 based on dedication date
-Date published: Unstated, 1887 based on introduction date (two years before author of said introduction, poetess' famous husband Robert Browning, died)
-Provenance: I'll never tell! Actually it was bought in a store where I wouldn't have even found it, because it was on the very bottom of the very tall and thin poetry bookshelf that stands in the hallway near the bathroom, where most people pass right by and never look. I saw the color of the tan leather pop out, and it was in a plastic bag to keep it contained and protected, so I was curious and bent down to shake it out from the rest, and I'm so glad I did. This was this March 2017 in Eastern Connecticut in a middle-of-nowhere blink-and-you'll-miss-it town, and it's been my favorite possession ever since when it comes to books I'm selling. I can't wait for someone to buy it and cherish it as it deserves.
-Pricing: I based the price of this one on other poetry works I've sold from the same time period and genre, the condition of it (see "condition" and you'll know what I mean by this) factoring in completely, and the notoriety of the author and her works, especially this one. I found no other The Poetical Works of Elizabeth B Browning, Complete Edition,'s that are in this format, and as far as I can deduce this is a one of a kind edition of this selection/compilation of her many poems, featuring "Isobel's Child" in its full nine parts, making it a standout anthology and a standout physical treasure in its own right.
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

Emily Browning is as well known as her husband, Robert Browning, today, but that is only because she was a woman writing at a time when men dominated the literary world and the publishing field, and when she should have been ignored she stood out, and became even more popular than her husband. She claimed the stage of the world with her words and she continues to inspire today as one of the world's most important poets of her time. I'd be willing to bet her published works began only because of the renown of her husband and his influence, but that was the start, and she took it and ran with it, and the public could only try to keep up with her, her popularity was so great.

After she began to enter into the reading public and get her works out there, it was clear she was a woman of her own mind and heart and talent that spoke to the people, and deserved to be printed and read by as many people as read her husband's works. Soon, she was read more. This, as a female writer, I truly admire. She was lucky, in a sense, but then the luck took her to her rightful place--it got her words read, and once they were they carried her on to her literary fame and journey through poetry that is both as inaccessible and accessible as her husband's own poems. That is her mystery, as it is his: what could she mean? These lovely verses, these meaningful passages, you want to plumb the depths of them and so many people did in her day. Especially, I would venture, her husband.

The influence between the both of them is clear. You can almost see as you read this book (or the one I have selling by Robert Browning) the image of them sitting at the dinner table or near the fireplace trading paper, conversation, lines and thoughts and dreams, their magic swirling round them to produce separate, but equally meaningful and transcendent, works of poetic sublimity.

I'm talking her up a lot, but she deserves it, and you'll find that in this book. I've pictured above a short poem that I find more in my style, and the book is littered with them, but then there are the harder ones, the scholarly ones that take readings and readings and readings to understand, that deserve study and careful attention and true, complex thought to appreciate. And they can be understood in different ways, too, which is why Elizabeth Barrett Browning is still studied today in colleges by English majors and hopeful writers and literary scholars alike. Emily Dickinson had a portrait of her hanging in her bedroom, she so admired the poet! Imagine that!

One of the main poems in this bunch, and one for which she is most remembered, is "Isobel's Child," a nine-part piece detailing the heart-breaking story of the death of a three-month old baby who has been lying all night in the mother's arms. You cannot read this poem and not cry, at least I can't, and the amount of passionate hope and loss and love and loneliness and despair and imagination that are packed into this work make it understandable it was one of her most beloved by professional critics and the general public. You cannot write something that powerful and keep it in a corner--it breaks out into the day and demands to be read, and when it is, it travels by word-of-mouth throughout all of England and all of the world as a great work, and everyone wants to gain access to it.

This book is your way of gaining access to it, along with many other poems of hers that so enchanted readers back then and today, and enchant me. Here are two excerpts from one of her most famous works, the work that starts out this collection, "Aurora Leigh," a four part epic novel poem about a woman named Aurora Leigh and her life and loves, beginning with her hopes of becoming a writer in Victorian England and her issues with a not-desirable lover asking over and over for her to be his wife. Her calling is she wants to be a poet, and it is modeled after Browning's own ambitions and life before her fame as a young woman. She wants to be "her own man" in a world of men, not the sidekick or second-class citizen alongside a man such as Romney, the suitor. This struggle is one that was both familiar to some women at the time, and unfamiliar to others so closed in their lives of rules and traditions and motherhood being one of the only courses a woman could take.

Aurora Leigh is a special woman, Elizabeth Barrett Browning made her up because she herself was a special woman, and together in this work they will never be forgotten.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full title: The Poetical Works of Elizabeth B Browning, Complete Edition
-Author: Elizabeth B Browning
-Prefatory Biographical Introduction: Robert Browning
-Format: Hardcover, Complete Edition, antique buttery-soft golden-tan leather, shining red/pink/gold page edges, blank front and spine, illustrated black and white portrait frontispiece protected by wax sheet from title page, rounded-edge pages, inside endpapers green and white Victorian design
-Condition: That perfect old book condition where it is readable, tightly bound, page-ends still shining and pages themselves clean and unmarked, still able to be ruffled through (meaning not brittle yet), cracked/scratched slightly on the antique leather that is so soft and touchable after all these years, just exactly what you look for when you think "vintage book" -- it would make anyone curious, too, in that not only is it beautiful but it has no writing anywhere on it on the outside, so it looks for all the world like a journal of some sort, but no! It is a gorgeous old work of poetry famous English poetry from one of the most famous female poets in all of British history. So condition is, as far as old books go, ideal. :)
-Publisher: A. L. Burton Company
-Copyright: Unstated, 1844 based on dedication date
-Date published: Unstated, 1887 based on introduction date (two years before author of said introduction, poetess' famous husband Robert Browning, died)
-Provenance: I'll never tell! Actually it was bought in a store where I wouldn't have even found it, because it was on the very bottom of the very tall and thin poetry bookshelf that stands in the hallway near the bathroom, where most people pass right by and never look. I saw the color of the tan leather pop out, and it was in a plastic bag to keep it contained and protected, so I was curious and bent down to shake it out from the rest, and I'm so glad I did. This was this March 2017 in Eastern Connecticut in a middle-of-nowhere blink-and-you'll-miss-it town, and it's been my favorite possession ever since when it comes to books I'm selling. I can't wait for someone to buy it and cherish it as it deserves.
-Pricing: I based the price of this one on other poetry works I've sold from the same time period and genre, the condition of it (see "condition" and you'll know what I mean by this) factoring in completely, and the notoriety of the author and her works, especially this one. I found no other The Poetical Works of Elizabeth B Browning, Complete Edition,'s that are in this format, and as far as I can deduce this is a one of a kind edition of this selection/compilation of her many poems, featuring "Isobel's Child" in its full nine parts, making it a standout anthology and a standout physical treasure in its own right.

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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