London: William Pickering, 1852. The Aldine Edition. Hard Cover. Small Octavo. THREE VOLUMES. PRESENTATION COPY SIGNED, INSCRIBED AND DATED BY CHRISTINA ROSSETTI TO HER MOTHER FRANCES M. L. ROSSETTI. "Christina Rossetti to her dear Mother Frances M. L. Rossetti 8th September 1855." Inscription is on FEP of volume I. Original drab purple cloth, with printed paper spine labels. clxiii 168; viii; vii1 pages; engraved frontis portrait. The Aldine Edition of the British Poets was produced to an exacting standard by the prestigous firm of William Pickering. It was printed to a high degree of quality by C. Whittingham. The Aldine Edition of Pope was first printed in 1843-44. Cloth boards fading at edges, paper labels on spines browned, but readable; internally very clean. Housed in a custom green half morocco slipcase. Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), sister of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, is called in Schleueter's Encyclopedia of British Women Author's "the foremost female poet of religious verse and orthodox Christianity in 19th century England and has been ranked with John Donne, George Herbert and Gerard Manley Hopkins as one of the great religious poets." Her work has been reevaluated by modern scholars and there has been great interest in Freudian interpretations of her work, particularly "Goblin Market" which is often regarded as symbolic of repressed female genius. Frances Polidori Rossetti (1800-1886) was the daughter of Italian exile Gaetano Polidori and sister of John Polidori, and author of "The Vampyre" and Lord Byron's physician. (Inventory #: 7361)
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