London: Smith, Elder and Co, 1872.
Second edition. 4 vols. Small 8vo. Browning’s Masterpiece, Inscribed. Full olive morocco gilt, a.e.g., by Bedford. Front joint of vol. I repaired, else fine. In custom cloth slipcase. Bookplate of William Harris Arnold. Barnes RB 19; Sterling 89; Tinker 425; Wise, Browning pp. 27-28; Ashley I, 120-121. Item #300889
Inscribed by Browning to Ernest Benzon on the first flyleaf, “Ernst Benzon Esq, from his very affectionately Robert Browning." German-born Ernst Benzon, a partner in the steel manufacture Vickers Sons & Company, was a patron of Browning and others, including Wilkie Collins, Felix Mendelssohn and George Eliot. In the summer of 1871, Browning stayed with the Benzons in Little Milton, their Scottish estate in the hills above Loch Tummel. The present volumes were likely presented by Browning in appreciation. Mrs. Benzon later gave Browning a gift of £1,860 worth of railway stock.
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