Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett 1845 - 1846


"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


elizabeth-barrett-envelopeOf all my favorite writers and poets, I have admired the love of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning.

elizabeth-barrett-envelopeWandering 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.

elizabeth-barrett-envelopeApple green leather binding with gold leaf, and pages unevenly cut to create sheer bliss for the lover of old books.


elizabeth-barrett-envelopeI 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.


elizabeth-barrett-envelopeI began to read the letters and I swooned, so I just had to bring them home.

elizabeth-barrett-envelopeWouldn'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.

My creation

elizabeth-barrett-envelopeLoving 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.


elizabeth-barrett-envelopeOne 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
Robert Browning
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

elizabeth-barrett-envelopeOf course I will wrap it like an old fashioned parcel to add to it's charm.


Kathleen Grace said...

Oh my goodness I love these. I am doing some heavy duty coveting right now (sorry Lord!) *sigh* I hope they go to a very good home.

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I too love their story. When I was a teen I spent so many hours reading their works. This was an amazing post my friend...m.