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“Mary Shelley’s Curation of Her Husband’s Legacy”

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. History of a Six Weeks’ Tour through Part of France, Switzerland, Germany and Holland: with Letters Descriptive of a Sail Round the Lake of Geneva and of the Glaciers of Chamouni. London: T. Hookham, Old Bond Street

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Finding “A Fresh Association” in “The Age of Irreverence”

Tennyson, Alfred. In Memoriam. Boston: Ticknor, Reed, and Fields, 1850. Tennyson’s poem “The age of irreverence” pasted inside back cover. 1st Amer. ed. Original brown cloth. Thomas Wentworth Higginson’s copy with signature and numerous annotations, some of which refer to

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Writing “Holly”: Christina Rossetti to a Child

Rossetti, Christina. Sing-Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book. London: George Routledge and Sons, 1872. With 120 illustrations by Arthur Hughes. Presentation copy inscribed by the author to Holman Stephens, with a two-page autograph letter (signed) and an autograph poem from Rossetti

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Creating Imagined Community & Critiquing Imagined Incompetence: Two Early Printings of the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins

The first substantial printings of Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poems, with prefatory material by his friend, Poet Laureate Robert Bridges. Miles, Alfred H., ed. The Poets and Poetry of the Century. Vol. 8. London: Hutchinson & Co. [1891]. ABLibrary Rare X

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Elegiac Memorializing of Tennyson as Prophet: “The Death of the Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson” by Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley

This is a handwritten transcription by Frederick Tennyson of a booklet of sonnets and other materials on the death of Alfred, Lord Tennyson penned originally by Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley and entitled “The Death of the Laureate Alfred Lord Tennyson.” Victorian

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Letters: Tennyson to Frederick Locker (1 Feb. 1858); Richard Doyle to Tom Taylor (10 July 1855)

Letters: Tennyson to Frederick Locker, 1 Feb. 1858 Richard Doyle to Tom Taylor, 10 July 1855 Description and Transcriptions: by Nicholas Krause In the first letter, Tennyson responds to the poet Frederick Locker (1821-1895) after Locker submitted a collection of

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Textual Revisions and Constructed Narratives in Elizabeth Barrett’s “The Cry of the Children”

Bound copy of 1843 Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine featuring the first version of EBB’s “The Cry of the Children.” Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. “The Cry of the Children.” Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine 44 (August 1843). CCCXXXIV. Edinburgh: William Blackwood; London: T. Cadell and W. Davis: pp. 260-262.

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Letter from Percy Florence Shelley to Tom Taylor, Jan. 11, 1871

Letter from Percy Florence Shelley to Tom Taylor, Jan. 11, 1871 Rare Item Analysis  by Emily Bell, Catherine Burr, and Alex Ueckert Percy Florence Shelley, the son of the famous romantic poets, Percy and Mary Shelley, decided to take a different

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William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience

William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience (London: W. Pickering, 1839) ABLibrary Brownings’ Lib X BL 821.7 B636s 1839 Rare Item Analysis by Hannah Johnson, Annie McCausland, and Cody Shreffler This rare-item is a first edition of the first volume of

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The Ghost Annotators of Coleridge’s First Edition of Biographia Literaria Explained?

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria, or, Biographical sketches of my literary life and opinions (London: Rest Fenner, 1817), first edition. Armstrong Browning Library 19th Century Collection: PR4476.A1 1817b v.1 & 2 Rare Item Analysis: The Ghost Annotators of Coleridge’s First Edition of

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