Smith, Elder, & Co. London. 1899, 1899.
TWO VOLUMES. 8vo. (7.6 x 5.6 inches). Portrait frontis engravings showing Browning as a young man (dated 1835) opposite the title page of volume 1, and as an old man (1881) for volume 2. Finely bound in contemporary full burgundy calf bindings. Spines with raised bands, each with gilt ruling. Compartments with double ruled and decorated in gilt. Twin tan morocco labels, gilt. Boards with double ruled borders with floral decorations to the corners. Front boards both have circular gilt stamp of Saint Catherine's School, Bramley, Guildford, to the centre. Decorative blind floral borders to the inner boards. Marbled endpapers. All edges marbled. School prize labels, dated 1900, to the front pastedown endpapers in each volume. Some minor foxing to the frontispieces and the tissue guards opposite them. Blank white prelim pages are more heavily foxed but the text pages are clean throughout. A little minor rubbing to the extremities and some light fading to the boards but overall a very good set very attractive decorative leather binding. The bindings are unsigned but are cetainly the work of a master bookbinder.