"You were made perfectly to be loved,
and surely I have loved you, in the
idea of you, my whole life long."
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Of all my favorite writers and poets, I have admired the love of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning.
Wandering the aisles of a favorite old book shop, my eyes caught sight of this fabulous binding. As I slid the book from the shelf, I noticed there were two in this set.
Apple green leather binding with gold leaf, and pages unevenly cut to create sheer bliss for the lover of old books.
I opened the cover of this lovingly warn book, Volume I, which was dated 1899. Volume One boasts a beautiful portrait of Robert Browning, and Volume II Elizabeth Barrett Barrett.
I began to read the letters and I swooned, so I just had to bring them home.
Wouldn't they just be the perfect gift for someone's love, on Valentine's Day? They would look perfectly special on the shelf of my little shop.
Loving sentiments wrapped in perfect words caressed each sentence of these letters. Letters whispering the promises of love, letters that are still cherished to this day.
One year of letters housed in these two beautiful volumes, capturing the sweet love of these two poets. Their son published these letters, and said that his parents were never apart after they married.
The Letters Of
Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
1845 - 1846
Published by Harper & Brothers, Publishers
New York and London
Volume I, 574 pages with portrait of Robert Browning
Volume II, 562 pages with portrait of Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
and index for both volumes. Images of handwriting and envelope
Of course I will wrap it like an old fashioned parcel to add to it's charm.