If Sordello is a book-length poem, then The Ring and the Book-in its day regarded as Browning's greatest achievement, but today seemingly out of fashion-is something different. It is in fact a great novel, but one presented in blank verse, almost 21,000 lines of it, and in twelve books, each representing a different view of the action (a court ...
If Sordello is a book-length poem, then The Ring and the Book-in its day regarded as Browning's greatest achievement, but today seemingly out of fashion-is something different. It is in fact a great novel, but one presented in blank verse, almost 21,000 lines of it, and in twelve books, each representing a different view of the action (a court case involving adultery and murder) by one of the protagonists. Why it has been called an "epic poem" is a puzzle; it is epic only in length; it is a poem only because it is in verse. Pushkin's Yevgeny Onegin is everywhere regarded as a novel, although it is in verse. The Ring and the Book is the greatest of all English verse novels; it is one of the great English novels of the 19th century; it is a remarkably modern novel in terms of narrative technique; it is, by any standard,s a great work of English Literature. It is offered by Shearsman in the author's bicentenary year, as it simply should not be out of print...
Illustration on Frontispiece. VERY GOOD. NO DUST JACKET. 4'' By 6" Maroon cloth over flexible boards wtih elaborate gilt down spine strip and gilt decoration with author's name at center of front cover; top edge gilt; gilt bright; binding square; from the author's revised text; small decorative bookseller label from era on rear fixed endpaper; owner's name on front endpaper; pages crisp and clean; binding tight.
Very Good-- Shelf 570 Clean and tight; two volumes; paper lightly browned; a bit of light foxing to volume 2; wear to the surface, edges and corners of covers including some rubbing; corners lightly bumped and rubbed; Not a book club (BC) copy. No previous owner name, not ex library, not a remainder.
Good+ Edition limited to 1500 copies. This is number 830. Introduction by Edward Dowden. Illustrated and signed by Carl Schultheiss. Two volumes. Tight and clean. Some wear to spines, with a short tear top of spine to Vol. 1., otherwise solid in a Very Good slipcase.; 8vo.; Signed by Artist.
Fair/No Jacket. Ex-library with usual markings. Front and rear hinges are cracked with webbing visible. Spine is cocked, bumping/chipping, soiling on covers. Pages are tanned. Fair condition. Moderate to heavy shelf wear or edge wear on covers and spine. Books in Fair condition most likely will have markings or highlights on pages or binding defects. (EE71)
Good Minus. No Jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾-9¾" tall. Frequently hailed as the best of Browning's works for its psychological and spiritual content, The Ring and The Book is an epic poem telling the story of a 1698 murder trial in Rome. Using various narrators throughout the 12 books of the poem, Browning examines the allegation against a young nobleman from a variety of perspectives. This is a Riverside Press Cambridge Edition in one volume. Book Condition: Good-; foxing-primarily inside front cover, title page and first few pages, similarly to rear inside cover; previous owner inscription on front free end paper; light spotting to text block; wear to spine ends and cover corners; a few spots on left bottom rear cover. No Dust jacket as issued.
Ships from the UK within 24 hours. Your purchase supports authors through the Book Author Resale Right. Published by SMITH ELDER in 1889, vol. II only, hardback (no Dust Jacket), small size, internally very good, boards good, wear to head & tail of spine, olive green cloth.
Good. Ships from the UK within 24 hours. Your purchase supports authors through the Book Author Resale Right. Published by SMITH, ELDER in 1889, hardback (no Dust Jacket), small size, boards stained, boards worn to edges, hinges cracked internally, page edges foxed, boards creased to head & tail of spine, book plate on inside front cover, marker used.
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