The Ring and the Book, Robert Browning
First edition, first printing of Browning's epic masterpiece, a long narrative poem of an Italian murder story, and easily his best-selling work during his lifetime.
London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1868-1869. Bound in the original green cloth, gilt titling to spine, Carter's "B" binding, complete in four volumes. pp. (iv), 245, ; (iv), 251, ; (iv), 249, ; (iv), 235, . Bindings are all tight and sturdy, minimal wear to boards, spine a touch dulled with tips softened. Endpapers foxed, minor chips to a few pages, overall quite clean internally.