Item #220208 Margherita Pusterla, racconto di. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Cesare Cantù.
Margherita Pusterla, racconto di

Inscribed by Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Edith Story

Margherita Pusterla, racconto di.

Firenze: Felice le Monnier, 1845.

[2], 516, [2] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Inscribed by Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Edith Story. Full contemporary vellum, gilt spine with red leather label. With the engraved bookplate of Edith [Story] Peruzzi de' Medici on the front pastedown. Fine copy, in a quarter brown morocco slipcase with chemise OCLC 2673701. Item #220208

Inscribed on the front free endpaper: “Edith Marion Story, from her affectionate friend, Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Rome - Dec 26 - 59.”
Edith Story (1844-1907) was the daughter and youngest child of the expatriate American sculptor, lawyer and author, William Wetmore Story, who was the subject of a 1903 biography by Henry James entitled WILLIAM WETMORE STORY AND HIS FRIENDS. Among the closest of those friends were the Brownings. Elizabeth, in particular, was especially grateful to 15-year-old Edith for the generosity and kindness she showed the Brownings' son, Pen, barely 10 years old at the time his mother gave this book to her. Edith later married Simone de Peruzzi de' Medici, and became a writer.

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