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artists' books; Browning, Robert (British poet and artist, 1812-1889); Browning, Elizabeth Barrett (British poet, 1806-1861); weddings; marriage


1 accordion pleated volume (16 pages) : illustrations. "Elizabeth Barrett Moulton Barrett and Robert Browning, one hundred fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration, 1846 12th September 1996"--Outer envelope. ""Yes, I answered you last night ...", from Elizabeth Barrett's lyric 'The Lady's Yes', captures the essence of two people's dreams of a happy future life together in spite of very conservative traditions and strong family opposition"--page [1] of accordion pleated text in folded postcard. "The semi-transparent printed sleeve portrays the imposing facade of the St. Marylebone Parish Church. The secret book slips out of the sleeve, revealing eight righs on either side (eight being a symbol of two rings, the infinity of the circle, and two lives linked forever). The rings on the right are Robert Browning's, and contain excerpts from the Marriage liturgy. The rings on the left are Elizabeth Barrett's, who was standing on her future husband's left. The first rings on both sides contain information taken directly from the Marriage record, followed by excerpts from Elizabeth Barrett's Sonnets from the Portuguese, numbers XXII, XXIV, XXV and XLIV. ... As the rings part, they lead the way to the intimate area of the altar, as a couple approach it"--page [1] of accordion pleated text in folded postcard. "First edition no. 109/150"--Cover page [4]. Postcard comes in envelope and book comes in semi-transparent printed sleeve portraying the facade of the St. Marylebone Parish Church, both of which are contained in a larger envelope (16 x 20 cm.).

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London : M.A. Book Arts, Camberwell College of Arts, c1996


©London : M.A. Book Arts, Camberwell College of Arts, c1996

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folded books; accordion books; illustration (process); paper; postcards


12 cm. + 1 postcard 20 x 16 cm. folded to 10 x 16 cm. (illus. : with 1 inserted leaf 14 x 43 cm. accordion folded to 3 leaves 19 x 14 cm. and double-folded to 10 x 14 cm.)

Yes, I Answered You Last Night



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