5 December 2006
BROWNING, Robert (1812-1889). The Ring and the Book. London: Smith, Elder and Co. 1868-69.
4 volumes, 8o. (Very minor marginal dampstaining in a few places.) 20th-century blue morocco, spine gilt lettered, top edge gilt, original cloth covers bound in (spines even and light fading to spines). Provenance: Fanny Haworth (presentation inscription by Browning on title).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY TO FANNY HAWORTH, inscribed by Browning on the title page: "To dear Fanny Haworth with many reminiscences and much affection from Robert Browning Versailles May 9 69." Browning's masterful psychological epic, containing 21,000 lines of blank verse, The Ring and the Book is the most extensive exploration of Browning's use of the dramatic monologue. Barnes/Texas RB19; Sterling 89; Tinker 425; Wise Browning, p.27-28. (4)
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