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Quarter-inch tear along top edge of rear jacket panel, front jacket flap price-clipped, jacket edges rubbed. Faint stain to top page ridge and page base, ink gift not on front endpaper. 1967 Hard Cover. 57 pp. Browning's most famous poetry collection. Barrett Browning was initially hesitant to publish the poems, believing they were too personal. However, her husband Robert Browning insisted they were the best sequence of English-language sonnets since Shakespeare's time and urged her to publish them. To offer the couple some privacy, she decided to publish them as if they were translations of foreign sonnets. She initially planned to title the collection Sonnets translated from the Bosnian, but Browning proposed that she claim their source was Portuguese, probably because of her admiration for Camões and Robert's nickname for her: my little Portuguese. The title is also a reference to Les Lettres Portugaises (1669).