Browning 28. R. BROWNING. So Here Then is the Last Ride. New York: Roycroft Shop, 1900. Small 4° (198 x 140mm). Hand-coloured borders 'illumined by Alta Fattey.' Alternate side of each leaf blank. Original limp vellum with yapp edges and ties (slightly bowed), unopened, brown cloth case. FIRST SEPARATE EDITION. Number 124 of 940 copies signed by Elbert Hubbard. Broughton A640. (3) " /> BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett (1806-1861). <I>Aurora Leigh</I>. Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1872. 8° (156 x 106mm). (Final leaf of text tipped onto back board, without advertisement leaf at end.) Cloth-backed mottled boards with morocco label (small tears to spine and label), morocco-backed brown cloth case. With 5-page article 'Pen-and-ink Sketches: Elizabeth Barrett Browning' by Alice King tipped in before title. <I>Provenance</I>: presentation copy from Robert Browning to Mrs. [Thomas] Fitzgerald (1809-1899, title inscribed: 'Mrs Fitzgerald with the kind regards of RB. July 7.'73' -- some pencil scoring and occasional notes in an unidentified hand, one note cropped by the binder) -- purchased at Parke-Bernet, New York, 18 October 1955, lot 214, $90. This Tauchnitz edition of <I>Aurora Leigh</I> was an early gift in the evolving friendship between Browning and Mrs. Fitzgerald who first met the poet in January or February of 1872, but refers to the 'birthday of the friendship' as having occured a year later. Their correspondence, edited by Edward C. McAleer, was published as <I>Learned Lady: Letters from Robert Browning to Mrs. Thomas Fitzgerald 1876-1889</I> (Oxford, 1966). BROWNING, Robert (1812-1889). <I>Asolando: Fancies and Facts</I>. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1890 [1889]. 8° (170 x 101mm). Original red bevelled cloth, spine gilt, uncut and unopened, morocco-backed brown cloth case. <I>Provenance</I>: presentation copy from the poet's son to Gustav Natorp (inscribed on half-title: 'Gustave Natorp, To whom this copy of "Asolando" would have been given by his very affectionate friend my father. R. Barrett Browning. January 1890') -- [collation note in pencil signed Alwin J. Scheller, 22 Dec. 1931] -- purchased from James F. Drake, New York, 14 December 1939, $15. With a loosely-inserted 2-page letter from Louise Hawkins, 4°, dated 70 Ennismore Gardens, S.W., Feb, 22nd [19]28, to C.T. Hagbury Wright, stating: 'It is very kind of you to look at these books, their great interest really lies in the fact that "Browning" always brought my husband the copy, or each copy, as it came out, with the exception of the one given by Pen Browning, his son....' FIRST EDITION. Gustav Natorp (b. 1836) was an artist and regular dining companion of RB's in the 1880s; his medallion head of the poet was exhibited at the Royal Academy in May 1888. This last volume of poetry was practically sold out on the first day of publication, December 12 1889, which coincided with the day of Browning's death. Broughton A123; Wise <I>Browning</I> 28. R. BROWNING. <I>So Here Then is the Last Ride</I>. New York: Roycroft Shop, 1900. Small 4° (198 x 140mm). Hand-coloured borders 'illumined by Alta Fattey.' Alternate side of each leaf blank. Original limp vellum with yapp edges and ties (slightly bowed), unopened, brown cloth case. FIRST SEPARATE EDITION. Number 124 of 940 copies signed by Elbert Hubbard. Broughton A640. (3) | Christie's