London: Chatto & Windus, 1889. Scarce First edition. Poet, translator, and biographer, Mathilde Blind (1841 - 1896) was born in Germany and moved to London at an early age. She was a close friend of William Michael Rossetti and lived with painter Ford Madox Brown and his wife, Emma, for several years. There were rumors that Brown wished to marry Mathilde after Emma's death, but they never wed. This is a lovely copy of a collection of her poetry divided into three sections: "The Ascent of Man," "Poems of the Open Air," and "Love in Exile." Bound in light green cloth with dark green spine and backstrip. Titling in gilt to spine and front cover, with pretty gilt design of flowers on cover. Bumped cormers and light signs of handling. Interior pages are clean with darkening just to fore-edges and offsetting to the front free endpapers.. Neat ownership signature dated 1937 along hinge on table of contents. Bookplate of collector Mark Samuels Lasner. Very good condition. Small octavo. 200 pages. POETRY/042821.