BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett (1806-1861) -- HOMER. Iliad, edited by C.G. Heyne. Winchester: Jacob Robins, sold by Law and Whittaker, London. 1817.
2 volumes, 8° (215 x 125mm). Greek text with Latin notes by Heyne. Contemporary diced calf, marbled edges (vol. I rebacked, vol. II rebacked preserving old spine and recased with new endpapers, corners also restored). Provenance: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (front free endpaper of vol. I inscribed initially 'E. Barrett. Hope End', later altered to 'R. and E. Barrett (Hope End) Florence' in Elizabeth's hand) -- occasional ink and pencil annotations in other hands -- R.W. Barrett Browning, sold in his sale, Sotheby's, 6 May 1913, lot 751, to Messer for £3.
ASSOCIATION COPY. Hope End in Herefordshire, an estate with 475 acres of woodland, was purchased by Elizabeth's father, Edward Moulton Barrett, for £27,000 in 1809. Although Elizabeth's childhood in the companionship of Bro was a happy one, it was also at Hope End that she first became ill. Because of financial difficulties, the house was finally sold in July 1832. Writing to Hugh Stuart Boyd on 3 March 1828, Elizabeth expressed her preference for Homer to Virgil, and argued the cause of the modern Greeks. Boyd is known to have sent her C.G. Heyne's Homeri Carmina (1802) in March 1831, and in the following July an 1806 edition of Homer's Opera edited by Friedrich Wolf. Elizabeth's inscription in this edition of the Iliad by Heyne indicates that it was one of the volumes that she retained from the Hope End days through her marriage and the move to Florence, where she and Robert arrived on 20 April 1847; by this stage she clearly regarded it as Robert's book as much as her own. (2)