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BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett (1806-1861). Autograph manuscript of stanzas 1-13 (of 36, without the later stanza 7) of "The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point" ("I stand on the mark, beside the shore, Of the first white pilgrim's bended knee; Where exile...

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Estimate: US$10,000 - US$15,000
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BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett (1806-1861). Autograph manuscript of stanzas 1-13 (of 36, without the later stanza 7) of "The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point" ("I stand on the mark, beside the shore, Of the first white pilgrim's bended knee; Where exile changed to ancestor..."), A WORKING MANUSCRIPT, with considerable, quite significant revisions in the text, WITH PENCILLED ANNOTATIONS BY ROBERT BROWNING (some 45 words) in the margin of four stanzas, bearing a deleted title, "Black & Mad, at Pilgrim's Point," n.d. [published 1848]. 4 pages, 8vo, 84 lines in 7 stanzas. [ With: ] BROWNING. The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point, London: Moxon 1849 [but 1888], 8vo, brown morocco gilt, printed buff paper wrapper bound in, by Riviere, front cover detached, A FORGERY BY THOMAS J. WISE, with the Moxon imprint (another impression named Chapman & Hall as publisher). Baylor University, Catalogue of the Browning Collection , ed. W. Barnes, 1966, EB16; William B. Todd, "A Handlist of Thomas J. Wise, " in Thomas J. Wise: Centenary Studies , 1960, no.69f. A WORKING DRAFT OF "THE RUNAWAY SLAVE AT PILGRIM'S POINT," WITH ANNOTATIONS BY ROBERT BROWNING A fine poetical manuscript, with very significant revisions and provocative annotations by Robert Browning, comprising the first part of EBB's well-known anti-slavery verses. The stanzas are numbered 1-12 in pencil. "The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim's Point" was composed at the suggestion of James Russell Lowell, to be part of a collection of anti-slavery writings published for sale at the annual Boston Anti-Slavery Bazaar. The collection, entitled The Liberty Bell, by Friends of Freedom , was issued in 1848 (the ms. Browning sent to Lowell was part of the Houghton Collection, sold Christie's London, 13 June 1979, lot 67, $14,000). In the present working draft, Browning's annotations vividly suggest the close interchange between the two poets. For example, alongside a line in stanza 7, which reads "Could the whippoorwill, or the stag of the glen" Browning writes: "could not some more character- istic creature be found - and smaller too, to pair with the whippoorwill? martin, racoon, opossum, wild cat &c..." The early draft represented by this manuscript survives in three sections: 1) Stanzas 1-13 (here numbered 1-12, without the later stanza 7), the present manuscript (Kelley and Coley, The Browning Collection: A Reconstruction , D800) 2); Stanzas 14-26, with one page annotated by Robert Browning, in the Ashley Library in the British Library (Kelley and Coley D801, illustrated in Ashley Library , I, following p. 100 and Wise, Bibliography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, pp.89-92); 3) Stanzas 27-36, annotated by Robert Browning, is in the Armstrong Browning Library at Baylor University (Kelley and Coley D802). Provenance : The Browning Collections (sale, Sotheby's, London, 1913, part of lot 124, purchased by Meynell) -- Roderick Terry, bookplate -- Lily Lambert Fleming (sale, Parke-Bernet, December 1953, lot 88), bookplate. -- Philip M. Neufeld (sale, Christie's, 25 April 1995, lot 73). (2)

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Auction house: Christie's
Title: Auction 18.12.2003
Date of the auction: 18 Dec 2003
Address: Christie's
New York, Rockefeller Center