Elizabeth Barrett Browning

An Essay on Mind, with Other Poems

James Duncan


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Elizabeth Barrett Browning's first mature work, and her first regularly published book.

  • [Elizabeth Barrett Browning] (English).
  • London: James Duncan, 1826.
  • First edition, first issue with line 15, p. 75, reading "found," and pages 12, 24 & 148 correctly aligned. 
  • xiii, [iii], 152 pp., issued without half-title.
  • 1 vols. 8vo.
  • Browning's second book, the Doheny copy.
  • Later nineteenth century full green morocco, gilt, by Bedford.

Browning's first book, The Battle of Marathon, was privately printed for her father in an edition of only 50 copies when she was 14 years old. It is known in only 15 extant copies. An essay, published when Browning was only 20, reflects her "passion for Byron and Greek politics with an exploration of the human mind's powers. The poem never directly considers how gender influences genius and the prospects for fame. But clearly this is an underlying concern…" (ODNB)


Estelle Doheny (her morocco booklabel).

Christopher Clark Geest (bookplate) Barnes EB2.


Hayward 238.

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English literature and history, Poetry

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