Hammersmith: Doves Press, 1908. Single vellum leaf (233 x 163mm), comprising pp. 169-170. Fine. Item #3228
The Doves Press created only 13 vellum copies of Browning's "Men and Women," and we have been unable to locate another singleton from the vellum issue.
The flourish is by the famed calligrapher Edward Johnston who taught at the London County Council Central School of Arts and Crafts and at the Royal College of Arts between 1899 to 1912. Among his notable students who went on to become renowned artists were Eric Gill, Graily Hewitt and Anna Simons.
Our leaf is fol. m (pp. 169-170). On page 170 the poem "A Grammarian's Funeral" begins, although in this Doves Press edition the heading is actually Browning's caption title: "Time — Shortly after the revival of learning in Europe."
"LET us begin, and carry up this corpse,
Leave we the common crofts, the vulgar thorpes,
Each in its tether
Sleeping safe on the bosom of the plain,
Cared-for till cock-crow.
Look out if yonder's not the day again
Rimming the rock-row!