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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Gibbon, Edward
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Book Description: Strahan and T. Cadell, London, 1776. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITIONS. "To this task Gibbon brought a width of vision and a critical mastery of the available sources which have not been equalled to this day; and the result was clothed in an inimitable prose" (PMM, 222). Six volumes. Quarto. Contemporary tan calf rebacked with old red and green lettering-pieces laid down, gilt in compartments. Engraved portrait frontispiece in Vol. I, 2 folding maps in Vol. II, 1 folding map in Vol. III. Half-titles present in all volumes. Frontispiece slightly foxed as usual, occasional light offsetting, a few gatherings slightly foxed, generally clean throughout. With portrait frontispiece of Gibbon (in vol. I), 1 folding map of Europe adjacent to Constantinople (in vol. II) 1 folding map of the Eastern Roman Empire and 1 folding map of the Western Roman Empire (in vol. III). The portrait of Gibbon "engraved by Joseph Hall from an original picture painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds" published by Strahan and Cadell in 1780 and issued with the second volume, has been moved by the binder to the appropriate place, at the beginning of vol. I. That volume is in the second of two variant states, without the cancels X4 and a4. A SUPERB SET. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-10693808239

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History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

GIBBON, Edward
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Book Description: London Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1776. "Masterpiece of Historical Penetration and Literary Style" GIBBON, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. London: Printed for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1776-1788. First edition. Six quarto volumes. Engraved portrait of Gibbon by Hall after Reynolds, not usually found. Three engraved folding maps. with all the half-titles and the errata leaves in Volumes I, II, III, and VI. Volume I is in the second state described by Rothschild, with leaves X4, a4, and b2 not being cancels, and with the errata corrected. In Volume III, p. 177 is correctly numbered, and "Honorious" is left uncorrected on p. 179, line 18. The engraved portrait of Gibbon was issued separately in 1780. Contemporary mottled calf. Gilt spines with centre gilt tool in four compartments. Extremities rubbed, all volumes attractively and uniformly rebacked. Occasional light foxing and browning, a few leaves with short tears. Generally, a very good copy. A "masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style," Gibbon’s Decline and Fall brought to the subject "a width of vision and a critical mastery of the available sources which have not been equaled to this day" (Printing and the Mind of Man). Although superseded in many respects by two centuries of continuous research, this great work is still read, both for pleasure and for profit, and has achieved an eminence denied most historical compilations of its kind. Grolier, 100 English, 58. Norton 20, 23, and 29. Printing and the Mind of Man 222. Rothschild 942-944. Sterling 382. HBS 66534. $25,000. Bookseller Inventory # 66534

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HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE

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Book Description: London for W. Strahan and T. Cadell 1782-88, 1782. 6 volumes. AN IMPORTANT COPY. Volumes 1-3 are very early issues, volumes 4-6 are first issues of the first editions. A COPY WITH VERY FINE PROVENANCE having come from the library of Mr. Justice Day and subsequently from the library of The Honorable Michael Foot, renown member of the British House of Commons and one of the most important English politicians of the last century. Mr. Foot’s ownership signature is found on the verso of the front free-fly. The date of the signature is also affixed in his hand--May 1977, when he was leader of the House of Commons and deputy leader of the party. With an engraved portrait frontispiece and 3 engraved maps, two of which are quite large and folding. With all half-titles. Large 4to, in very fine contemporary bindings of crushed full green morocco, the covers framed with gilt rules and with gilt ruled edges, the spines with handsome double-gilt rules on flat bands, one compartment titled in gilt letters, a second with volume numbers in gilt, with beautifully marbled endpapers and free-flys. With engraved bookplate of Mr. Justice Day, most likely Justice Robert Day (1746-1841), Member of the Grand Jury, who had helped to obtain a free Parliament in Ireland, and Unionist proponent of the Kerry Declaration. This set of Gibbon’s great work was subsequently owned by Michael Foot who became Lord President of the Council and leader of the House of Commons when James Callaghan took over leadership of the British Labor Party. Mr. Foot led the left-wing opposition to Harold Wilson but in 1974 joined the government as secretary of state for employment. When Wilson retired in 1976, Mr. Foot became deputy leader of the party and leader of the House of Commons. "I have been on the left of the party since I joined it in about 1934, and I have not seen much reason for altering," he said in 1976. After the disastrous 1983 election, he returned to the back benches and retired in 1992. As much a man of letters as a politician — The Times of London once described his writing as "neat, economical and muscular" — he wrote many books, including a two-volume biography of Mr. Bevan, "Another Heart and Other Pulses: The Alternative to the Thatcher Society" (1984), "The Politics of Paradise: A Vindication of Byron" (1988) and "H.G.: The History of Mr. Wells" (1995). "He knew — as I knew, which is why I counseled him against doing it — that he was letting himself into purgatory in becoming leader of the Labour Party in its darkest, grimmest hour," Mr. Kinnock said [of him]. "But if he hadn’t done it, I don’t think Labour would have survived as a political force." vii, [13], 704; [iix], 640; [vi], 640; viii, [8]; 620; [viii], 684; [x], 646, general index, pp. A fine and very handsome set, beautifully preserved and internally still crisp and unusually clean and fresh. AN IMPORTANT AND EARLY ISSUANCE OF THE GREATEST HISTORICAL WORK EVER UNDERTAKEN, A COPY IN RARELY ENCOUNTERED "PRESENTATION" BINDINGS OF FULL GREEN DELUXE CONTEMPORARY MOROCCO AND A COPY WITH FINE PROVENANCE. Volumes four through six are first editions, the first three volumes being very early printings. As the first volume was printed in a first edition of only 1000 copies (the original plan was for only 500), it is rare to find complete sets of first editions. The success of the work was immediate. "I am at a loss," Gibbon wrote, "how to describe the success of the work without betraying the vanity of the writer. The first impression was exhausted in a few days; a second and third edition were scarcely adequate to the demand, and the bookseller's property was twice invaded by the pyrates of Dublin. My book was on every table, and almost on every toilette." Publication of this grand work placed Gibbon at the "very head of the literary tribe" in Europe, according to Adam Smith. "For twenty-two years Gibbon was a prodigy of steady and arduous application. His investigations extended over almost the whole range of intellectual activity for nearly fifteen-hu. Bookseller Inventory # 22966

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The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1

Edward Gibbon
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

GIBBON, Edward [1737-1794]
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Book Description: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1777-78, London, 1777. Full Leather. Book Condition: Very Good Plus. First Edition. Six volumes: all First Editions except volume I, the Third Edition. Large quarto. Pp. vi, [14], 704; [12], 640, [2] errata leaf; [12], 640, [2] errata leaf; [4], viii, [8], 620; [12], 684; [14], 646, [51] index, [1] errata. Engraved frontis portrait of Gibbon by John Hall after Joshua Reynolds, 3 folding maps. With half-titles in all volumes except volume I, and all errata leaves. Contemporary polished calf, recently rebacked, with gilt rules between raised bands, and original lettering pieces laid down. Minor scratches to covers, corners and edges moderately worn, very occasional toning and spotting to leaves, early signature on margin of title of volume I, later bookplates in all volumes. Overall, an excellent set, clean and crisp internally, in suitably restored bindings. This set is comprised of First Editions of all volumes, except for the first volume, which is from the Third Edition. Gibbon's masterful history of the Roman Empire was issued in six quarto volumes over the course of twelve years between 1776 and 1788. Modest expectations on the part of both author and publisher regarding the market for such an imposing work resulted in an initial printing of only 1000 copies of the original printing. This proved a serious miscalculation of the demand (and subsequently made complete sets of the first edition difficult to come by). Within a fortnight the first edition was completely sold out. "I am at a loss", wrote Gibbon in his Memoirs, "how to describe the success of the work without betraying the vanity of the writer. The first impression was exhausted within a few days; a second and third edition were scarcely adequate to the demand, and the bookseller's property was twice invaded by the pyrates of Dublin. My book was on every table, and almost every toilette; the historian was crowned by the taste or fashion of the day." (Gibbon, Miscellaneous Works and Memoirs. 2nd ed. London, 1814, Vol. I., p. 223). The third edition appeared in 1777, a year after the first and second printings. Issued in an edition of 1000 copies, it was more fully revised and corrected than the second (which merely incorporated the errata). At the suggestion of Gibbon's friend, David Hume, the copious notes which previously had been gathered in the rear of the volume, were now transferred to the bottom of the page. This improved format was continued throughout the remaining volumes. In combining the third edition of the first volume with the first edition of the remainder (as in the present case), a uniformly annotated set is thereby achieved. In 1780 the frontis portrait of Gibbon, engraved by John Hall after a painting of Joshua Reynolds, was issued by the publisher. With the publication of the second and third volumes in 1781, an enlarged table of contents was made available for the first volume, as well as 3 folding maps (all present in this copy). The map of Constantinople was frequently cropped to make it the same size as the printed page, and then bound in sideways. Fewer copies exist (among them, the present) where the wide margins were retained, and the map bound in folded and the right way up. Norton, J. E. A Bibliography of the Works of Ed. Gibbon. Oxford, 1940. Size: Quarto. Bookseller Inventory # 21436

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Gibbon, Edward
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Book Description: London: Printed for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776, 1776. In six volumes, all except Volume I are first edition. Volume I is second edition but matches the others exactly. Original spines and boards. Spines are elaborately decorated; gold leaf is still bright. Covers are scuffed, two covers are loose. All pages are very clean with minimal foxing. Photos available. Bookseller Inventory # 2309

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THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THEE ROMAN EMPIRE

GIBBON, Edward
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Book Description: W. Allason (et al.), London, 1819. 4º, 12 vols. (Vol. 1: 1 retrato, VIII p., 16 p., XXXI p., 456 p., 1 mapa plegado del Imperio romano; vol. 2: XI p., 486 p., 1 mapa pleg.; vol. 3: VII p., 409 p.; vol. 4: VII p., 438 p.; vol. 5: VII p., 427 p.; vol. 6: VIII p., 411 p.; vol. 7: XVI p.; 423 p.; vol. 8: VIII p., 375 p.; vol. 9: IX p., 503 p.; vol. 10: IX p., 382 p.; vol. 11: X p., 450 p.; vol 12: XI p., 508 p.) Bella encuadernación en pleno tafilete, lomo cuajado, ruedas doradas en planos. Cortes dorados, contracantos dorados. Leves puntos de óxido. Sobresaliente historia de la caída del Imperio Romano, escrita por el gran historiador inglés nacido en 1737 y muerto en 1794, que por su metodología y por el uso de fuentes primarias se ha convertido en un modelo para historiadores posteriores. Gibbon no sólo estudia el Imperio Romano, sino que también se extiende a la Europa de la época y a la Iglesia Católica, centrando sus investigaciones entre los años 98 a 1590. La primera impresión de esta obra apareció en 1776, aunque sólo se publicó el primer volumen; el segundo salió en 1781, y los restantes entre 1788 y 1789. El presente ejemplar, por lo tanto, supone la reunión de volúmenes aparecidos por separado y nunca hasta ahora publicados conjuntamente, el mismo año. El vol. 1 de1 presente ejemplar presenta las páginas del índice mal colocadas, pero no falta ninguna de ellas. Existen ejemplares con 3 mapas; pero la presente colección tiene dos, en los dos primeros volúmenes, de gran tamaño y magníficamente grabados. Imperio Romano. Historia antigua. Europa. Historia eclesiástica. Roman Empire. Ancient history. Europe. Church history. Bookseller Inventory # C16N316

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HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE

Gibbon Edward
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Book Description: London for W. Strahan and T. Cadell 1788-1789, 1789. 6 volumes. Volumes 1-3 are very early issues, volumes 4-6 are first issues of the first editions. With an engraved portrait frontispiece and 3 engraved maps, two of which are quite large and folding. With all half-titles. Large 4to, in the very rare complete original bindings. The books are very handsomely bound in fine contemporary full polished calf, the covers framed with elaborate gilt rolled borders surrounding borders made of multiple gilt tools, gilt ruled edges, the spines with handsome gilt decorated panel designs within compartments featuring elaborate borders and central gilt ornaments, black morocco lettering labels gilt decorated and stamped and with beautifully marbled end-leaves. vii, [13], 704; [iix], 640; [vi], 640; viii, [8]; 620; [viii], 684; [x], 646, general index, pp. A fine and very handsome set, excellently preserved and internally still crisp and unusually clean and fresh. Finding sets of Gibbon which have not been re-backed or rebound is a daunting task. Thus, copies in original calf of the period are truly elusive. This copy is especially well preserved and has only minor expert and very skillful strengthening or restoration. This binding work is nearly imperceptible and is not obtrusive in any way, but rather, restores the books to their original grandeur and strength. AN IMPORTANT AND EARLY ISSUANCE OF THE GREATEST HISTORICAL WORK EVER UNDERTAKEN, A COPY IN RARELY ENCOUNTERED "PRESENTATION" BINDINGS OF FULL DELUXE CONTEMPORARY POLISHED CALF, BEAUTIFULLY GILT DECORATED. Volumes four through six are first editions, the first three volumes being very early printings. As the first volume was printed in a first edition of only 1000 copies (the original plan was for only 500), it is rare to find complete sets of first editions. The success of the work was immediate. "I am at a loss," Gibbon wrote, "how to describe the success of the work without betraying the vanity of the writer. The first impression was exhausted in a few days; a second and third edition were scarcely adequate to the demand, and the bookseller's property was twice invaded by the pyrates of Dublin. My book was on every table, and almost on every toilette." Publication of this grand work placed Gibbon at the "very head of the literary tribe" in Europe, according to Adam Smith. "For twenty-two years Gibbon was a prodigy of steady and arduous application. His investigations extended over almost the whole range of intellectual activity for nearly fifteen-hundred years. And so thorough were his methods that the laborious investigations of German scholarship, the keen criticisms of theological zeal, and the steady researches of (two) centuries have brought to light very few important errors in the results of his labors. But it is not merely the learning of his work, learned as it is, that gives it character as a history. It is also that ingenious skill by which the vast erudition, the boundless range, the infinite variety, and the gorgeous magnificence of the details are all wrought together in a symmetrical whole. It is still entitled to be esteemed as the greatest historical work ever written" (Adams, Manual of Historical Literature, pp. 146-147). Bookseller Inventory # 23379

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History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Gibbon, Edward
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Book Description: London: W. Strahan & T. Caddell, 1776., 1776. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. GIBBON, EDWARD. 1776 FIRST EDITION (except for vol. I which is the second edition) (PMM, 222). Grolier, English One Hundred. Contemporary full tree calf, skillfully rebacked in period style. Six volumes. With portrait frontispiece of Gibbon (in vol. I), 1 folding map of Europe adjacent to Constantinople (in vol. II) 1 folding map of the Eastern Roman Empire and 1 folding map of the Western Roman Empire (in vol. III). Half titles present. A magnificent set. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-10900143443

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The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1

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Book Description: IndyPublish. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 1435361199 USED BOOK in good condition| No supplements| Normal wear to cover, edges, spine, corners, and pages | Writing / highlighting | Inventory stickers | Satisfaction guaranteed!. Bookseller Inventory # 1435361199

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Book Description: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell. 1776-1788, London, 1776. Full Leather. Book Condition: Fine. [see note]. Lg. 4to. 6 vols. Volume I is a second edition, but Volumes II-VI are first editions. Illustrated with a copper engraved frontispiece portrait and 3 large folding copper engraved maps. Cont. calf. All 6 vols. have been uniformly rebacked in gilt tooled period style brown morocco with maroon and green calf spine labels. Each volume with the engraved bookplate of John Gurney. Bookseller Inventory # 7332

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

GIBBON, Edward [1737-1794]
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Book Description: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1787-89, London, 1787. Full Leather. Book Condition: Very Good. Mixed Set. Six volumes: First three volumes New Editions (1789, 87 & 87) last three volumes First Editions (1788). Thick quartos. Pp. vii, [1] advert., [12], 704; [12], 640; [12], 640; [4], viii, [8], 620; [12], 684; [14], 646, [51] index, [1] errata. Engraved frontis portrait of Gibbon by John Hall after Joshua Reynolds, 3 engraved maps (2 folding). With half-titles to all volumes except the first. Contemporary full calf, attractively rebacked with gilt ornaments flanked by gilt rules and dotted lines between raised bands, original red titling pieces retained (gilt worn) and numbering pieces replaced. Boards rubbed and scratched with a few minor stains, some corners restored, front free endpapers with minor gum residue from removal of bookplates, engraved portrait lightly offset onto title, light foxing to some endpapers, rear endpapers of first volume a little mildewed; but overall, a nice clean set in expertly restored bindings. Gibbon's masterful history of the Roman Empire was issued in six quarto volumes over the course of twelve years between 1776 and 1788. Modest expectations on the part of both author and publisher regarding the market for such an imposing work resulted in an initial printing of only 1000 copies of the original printing. This proved a serious miscalculation of the demand (and subsequently made complete sets of the first edition difficult to come by). Within a fortnight the first edition was completely sold out. "I am at a loss", wrote Gibbon in his Memoirs, "how to describe the success of the work without betraying the vanity of the writer. The first impression was exhausted within a few days; a second and third edition were scarcely adequate to the demand, and the bookseller's property was twice invaded by the pyrates of Dublin. My book was on every table, and almost every toilette; the historian was crowned by the taste or fashion of the day." (Gibbon, Miscellaneous Works and Memoirs. 2nd ed. London, 1814, Vol. I., p. 223). The present is a mixed set of "New Editions" of the first three volumes and First Editions of the last three volumes. The first three volumes incorporate the final additions and revisions Gibbon made to the quarto edition, including the relocation of the notes (which were originally gathered at the rear of the first volume) to the bottom of the page (1777), the addition of the portrait frontis (1780), an enlarged table of contents for the first volume (1781), and the addition of the three maps (1781). In the present copy, as in most, the map of Constantinople has been cut down to the same size as the printed page, allowing it to be bound in sideways, rather than being folded like the other two maps. Norton, J. E. A Bibliography of the Works of Ed. Gibbon. Oxford, 1940. Size: Quarto. Bookseller Inventory # 21438

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Book Description: W. Strahan & T. Cadell c. 1777-1788., London, 1777. Edition : Mixed editions (2nd & 3rd)., Contemporary full calf, rebacked expertly in six compartments of raised bands, red and black morocco labels on two and three, respectively, endpapers renewed., Edward Gibbon was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. After several rewrites, and Gibbon "often tempted to throw away the labours of seven years", the first volume of what would become his life's major achievement was published on February 17, 1776. Through 1777, the reading public eagerly consumed three editions for which Gibbon was rewarded handsomely with two-thirds of the profits.The book covers the period of the Roman Empire after Marcus Aurelius, from just before 180 AD and concluding in 1590. It takes as its material the behaviour and decisions that led to the decay and eventual fall of the Roman Empire in the East and West, offering an explanation for why the Roman Empire fell. Gibbon is sometimes called the first "modern historian of ancient Rome". By virtue of its mostly objective approach and highly accurate use of reference material, Gibbon's work was adopted as a model for the methodologies of 19th and 20th century historians.The books cover the period of the Roman Empire after Marcus Aurelius, from just before 180 to 1453 and beyond, concluding in 1590. They take as their material the behaviour and decisions that led to the decay and eventual fall of the Roman Empire in the East and West, offering an explanation for why the Roman Empire fell. Gibbon is sometimes called the first "modern historian of ancient Rome." By virtue of its mostly objective approach and highly accurate use of reference material, Gibbon's work was adopted as a model for the methodologies of 19th and 20th century historians.Volume one (1777): 3rd edition, volume two (1781): 2nd edition, volume three (1781): 2nd edition, volumes four (1788), five (1788) and six (1788) are not stated which edition., Size : 4to, Ex-libris on paste down endpaper. With 3 folding maps, lacks frontis portrait in volume 1., Volume : Six volumes., P. Volume 1. title, blank, iii-vi, (2), blank, contents (3), blank, 1-704; Volume 2. half-title, blank, title, blank, contents (19), blank, 1-640; Volume 3. half-title, blank, title, blank, (7), blank, 1-640; Volume 4. title, blank, i-viii, (7), blank, 1-620; Volume 5. title, blank, contents (8), 1-684; Volume 6. title, blank, contents (9), blank, 1-646, index (51), errata. Lacks half-titles in vols. 1, 4, 5 and 6; occasional light browning, otherwise a very good set in decorative period binding. Bookseller Inventory # B2679

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The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire

GIBBON, Edward
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Book Description: Dublin: William Hallhead, 1781. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 6 volumes, 8.75 inches tall. Full speckled calf with raised bands, labels and pink speckled edge. These 6 volumes all dated 1781 were printed long before the conclusion of this great work in 1788, therefore although they constituted all that was printed at the time, it does not of course constitute the complete finish work. The condition is superb with no cracking and no loss, or even fraying of head or tail caps. The text blocks are immaculate with no foxing. The binding dates from the period of the printing and could well have been executed in Dublin. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-11356686821

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

GIBBON, Edward.
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Book Description: London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell -89, 1781. Six volumes, volume I fourth edition, volumes II and III "new" (but also fourth) editions and volumes IV-VI first editions, 4to. Portrait frontispiece in volume I plus 3 maps, 2 of which are folding, marbled endpapers, bookplates removed from paste downs. Contemporary speckled calf, double gilt rules, gilt spines with red and black labels, much of the gilt rubbed away, some recent restoration of spine ends and joints with one label replaced to style, a very good set. "This masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless historical works. Gibbon brought a width of vision and a critical mastery of the available sources which have not been equalled to this day." (Printing and the Mind of Man 222). Bookseller Inventory # 20922

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History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire A new edition.

GIBBON, Edward
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Book Description: London Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1782. Quarto Edition of Gibbon’s "Roman Empire" GIBBON, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire . London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1782-1788. "A new edition" of Volumes I-III; first edition of Volumes IV-VI. Six large quarto volumes. Engraved frontispiece portrait in Volume I by John Hall after Sir Joshua Reynolds. Three engraved maps (two folding). Contemporary diced calf, rebacked. Smooth spine tooled in gilt, marbled endpapers, marbled edges. Tips bumped, extremities rubbed. A few hinges expertly repaired. A very good copy. "This masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless historical works which, like the writings of Macaulay and Mommsen, maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar although they have been superseded in many, if not most, details by subsequent advance of research and changes in the climate of opinion. Whereas other eighteenth-century writers in this field, such as Voltaire, are still quoted with respect, the Decline and Fall is the only historical narrative prior to Macaulay which continues to be reprinted and actually read" (Printing and the Mind of Man 222). Norton 26 (Volume I), 27 (Volumes II-III), and 29 (Volumes IV-VI). HBS 66745. $5,000. Bookseller Inventory # 66745

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

Gibbon, Edward.
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Book Description: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand 1781-1788., London, 1781. Quarto, 6 volumes. Mixed early editions. Volume I is a fourth edition, volumes II and III are second editions, volumes IV, V, and VI are first editions. Three quarters leather; elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, two burgundy gilt morocco lettering labels. In near fine condition. The frontispiece portrait of Gibbon is after Sir Joshua Reynolds, the three engraved folding maps are of the Western and Eastern Roman Empire, and a folding map of Constantinople (this map is in its original folded issue, instead of the more common method of having the plate trimmed to the margin and inserted; it is more rare in this folded state). Although volumes II and III are second editions, they are, in actuality, reissues of the first editions with canceled titles, and have three new maps not present in the firsts. A beautiful set. "This masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless historical works Gibbon brought a width of vision and a critical mastery of the available sources which have not been equalled to this day; and the result was clothed in inimitable prose" (PMM 222). "For 22 years Gibbon was a prodigy of steady and arduous application. His investigations extended over almost the whole range of intellectual activity for nearly 1500 years. And so thorough were his methods that the laborious investigations of German scholarship, the keen criticisms of theological zeal, and the steady researches of (two) centuries have brought to light very few important errors in the results of his labors. But it is not merely the learning of his work, learned as it is, that gives it character as a history. It is also that ingenious skill by which the vast erudition, the boundless range, the infinite variety, and the gorgeous magnificence of the details are all wrought together in a symmetrical whole. It is still entitled to be esteemed as the greatest historical work ever written" (Adams, Manual of Historical Literature, 146-7). Bookseller Inventory # 3882

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HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE

Gibbon Edward
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Book Description: London for W. [and] A. Strahan and T. Cadell 1783-1790, 1790. 12 volumes. The very rare first octavo editions of the twelve books, and an extremely early printing of the work in any format. With an engraved portrait frontispiece and three impressive engraved folding maps. 8vo, in very handsome contemporary bindings of full polished calf, the spines extensively decorated incorporating lavish gilt panels divided into compartments separated by roll tooled bands decorated in a Greco-Roman style and with two lettering labels in contrasting red and green moroccos decorated and lettered in gilt, board edges with gilt roll tooling, with green silk ribbon page-markers bound in. xiv, 456; xv, 496; viii, 412; viii, 443; vii, 432; viii, 420; viii, 424; viii, 374; xii, 502; xii, 385; xii, 460; xi, 432, [96, cumulative index]. A very handsome set, fresh and near to pristine internally, the contemporary bindings in good order and in completely original state with no restoration or sophistication whatsoever, some volumes with weakening to some hinges and some with minor chipping or other mellowing to the spines, in all a very well preserved set of these rare books. A SIGNIFICANT AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT EDITION, THE FIRST IN OCTAVO, AND A VERY EARLY ISSUANCE IN ANY FORMAT OF THE GREATEST HISTORICAL WORK EVER UNDERTAKEN. The first edition of Gibbon’s work was printed over time, the first three volumes being printed between 1776 and 1781, the later three volumes in 1788. This first octavo edition was printed similarly, the first six volumes in 1783 and the later six in 1790. Thus, this is not only the first octavo edition but also is one of only a tiny handful of editions of the first half printed prior to the completion of the work in total. Like the first edition it contains the three folding maps and the engraved portrait of Gibbon in volume one. "For twenty-two years Gibbon was a prodigy of steady and arduous application. His investigations extended over almost the whole range of intellectual activity for nearly fifteen-hundred years. And so thorough were his methods that the laborious investigations of German scholarship, the keen criticisms of theological zeal, and the steady researches of (two) centuries have brought to light very few important errors in the results of his labors. But it is not merely the learning of his work, learned as it is, that gives it character as a history. It is also that ingenious skill by which the vast erudition, the boundless range, the infinite variety, and the gorgeous magnificence of the details are all wrought together in a symmetrical whole. It is still entitled to be esteemed as the greatest historical work ever written" (Adams, Manual of Historical Literature, pp. 146-147). Bookseller Inventory # 18428

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Book Description: printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell., London, 1779. Contemporary Vellum. Book Condition: Near Fine. First Editions. 8vo. Mr. Gibbon's spirited self defense bound with both the initial cause and a reply to his reply. THREE VOLUMES BOUND AS ONE: DAVIS (Henry Edwards). AN EXAMINATION OF THE FIFTEENTH AND SIXTEENTH CHAPTERS Of Mr. Gibbons History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. In which his view of the Progress of the Christian Religion is shown to be founded on the Misrepresentation of the authors he cites. London: printed for J. Dodsley., 1778 [8], iv, 284p. ESTC T79424 BOUND WITH: GIBBON (Edward). A VINDICATION OF SOME PASSAGES IN THE FIFTEENTH AND SIXTEENTH CHAPTERS Of The History Of The Decline And Fall of the Roman Empire. By The Author. London: printed for W. Strhan; and T. Cadell., 1779. [4], 158, [2]p. ESTC T50834 AND: DAVIS (Henry Edwards). A REPLY TO MR. GIBBONS VINDICATION OF SOME PASSAGES IN THE FIFTEENTH AND SIXTEENTH CHAPTERS of the "Hisotry of the Decline And Fall of the Roman Empire Wherein the Charges Brought Against Him in the Examination Are Confirmed. London: Printed for J. Dodsley., 1779. [4], 178p. ESTC T80327 Three works in one. Contemporary full parchment, ms. title to spine, red sprinkled edges, slight wear to spine. Small ms. Label 'Mr. Malthouse in one vol. in parchment' tipped in following first title page. The Gibbons title is complete with half title and final advert leaf. The second title by Davis has the called for half title. All three books are fine and the original binding has held up very well. Bookseller Inventory # 27633

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. 6 volumes complete.

Gibbon (Edward):
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Book Description: London; W Strahan & T Cadell volume 1 3rd edition ; vol 2 3rd edition 1787; vol 3 3rd edition; 1788 vols 4-6 1st editions 1788, 1782. Six volumes 4to (10 1/2" x 8 3/4"), contemporary half brown calf over marbled boards, most handsomely rebacked in period style with mid-red title-pieces and pale green volume number pieces, the raised bands gilt decorated, the compartments fully decorated with urn and flowers and bold floral corners. VOLUME 1: lacks half-title, frontispiece portrait, folding map, [iii], iv-vii [viii-xx, [1] 2-704pp. A few gutter margins stained at front; paper fault pp159 with loss of three letters. VOLUME 2: lacks half-title, 2 maps (one folding), [x], [1] 2-640pp. VOLUME 3: lacks half-title, [x], [1] 2-640pp, errata leaf. VOLUME 4: lacks half-title, [i] ii-viii [ix-xvi] [1] 2-620pp. ink mark in margin pp471. VOLUME 5: lacks half -title, [x], [1] 2-684pp. VOLUME 6: lacks half-title, [xii], [1] 2-646, [52]pp. Save for the missing half-titles, complete, and with only one paper fault, a few gutter margins stained and only occasional scattered foxing is a very good, sound, broad-margined and most attractive set. Lowndes says the 3rd issue of the first three volumes, which had footnotes added for the first time, with which the last three volumes were equipped from the start, made this the best edition. Will want extra postage. Bookseller Inventory # 53112

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

GIBBON (Edward)
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Book Description: Methuen and Co., London, 1909. Edited, with introduction, notes and appendices by J.B. Bury. Colour folding map and 20 illustrations. Seven volumes. 8vo. Bound c.2000 by Bayntun-Riviere in half light blue morocco with cloth sides, the spines lettered and dated in gilt, hand-marbled endleaves, top edge gilt. Bookseller Inventory # 1422

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The History of the Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire Vols.1-3,5-6 (lacks vol.4)

Gibbon, Edward
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Book Description: Strahan & Cadell, 1781-1788, 1781. hardcover, Book Condition: Very Good, 5 vols. Strahan & Cadell, London 1781,1781,1781, 1788,1788, 4th.,2nd,2nd, 1st. & 1st. eds. respectively. 8-1/4 x11-1/4 , (xx,704), 640,640,684,646pp. + index. frontis. & 2 folding maps. full leather, ornate spines, red labels, marbled eps & foredges. chipped sp caps, cracked outer hinges, vol.1 has detached covers & a waterstain visible on the spine side of the last pages of text, ugly for last few pages & rear eps. lovely bindings, once, now the worse for wear, contents NF except for the last few pages of vol.1 as noted. $. Bookseller Inventory # 49424

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The History of The Decline And Fall of The Roman Empire.

GIBBON, Edward.
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Book Description: London: Cadell & Davies., 1802. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 12 volume set, 8.5 inches tall. Superb full diced calf, gilt bands, centre tools and volume cartouches so typical of the period. The bookplate and small neat inscription on the first blank. Some marks but an exceptionally clean set both inside and out. Portrait and maps. Bookseller Inventory # 440

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

GIBBON, Edward.
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Book Description: Cadell and Davies, London, 1820. hardcover. Book Condition: very good(+). 12 volumes. Handsome stipple engraved frontispiece portrait and 2 large folding maps. 8vo, full contemporary olive green polished calf with green and tan spine labels. London: Printed for Cadell and Davies et al, 1820. "A New Edition". A very good clean set, in a handsome binding. Bookseller Inventory # 226145

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Book Description: Strahan and Cadell, London, 1776-1788. Vol.I "Second edition" 1776 (Norton 21); Vols 2-3 1781 (Norton 23), Vol.4-6 1788 (Norton 29),4to, contemporary speckled calf, spines ruled in gilt, black title-labels. Frontis in vol.1; frontis (inserted engraved portrait) in vol.2 and 2 folding maps; folding map in vol.3; no half-titles. Joints are very weak but holding in all volumes; a little peeling and scarring on the boards. Bookplates of The Earl of Ilchester, presumably the 2nd Earl, 1747-1802. Bookseller Inventory # q1210006x

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Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Edward Gibbon
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Book Description: Routledge. Hardback. Book Condition: Nuevo / New. Bookseller Inventory # 90022669

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THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE: 12 VOLUMES

Edward Gibbon
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Book Description: W Strahan & T Cadell. (Subject: Early Warfare) An extremely rare early printing of the first octavo edition of Gibbon's masterwork, with an engraved portrait frontispiece in Volume I, and three engraved folding maps in Volumes I and II. This fine set is presented in contemporary bindings of polished, marbled calf with some abraiding to the spines. All binding is tight and foxing is minimal, being slightly heavier at the front and end of the books. The first six volumes were published in 1783 and the later six in 1790. Pagination by volume is as follows: I - xiv+456, II - xv+496, III - viii+412, IV - viii+441, V - vii+432, VI - viii+420, VII - viii+424, VIII - viii+374, IX - xii+502, X - xii+383, XI - xii+ 460, XII - xi+432, + 96pp index. (Published: 1783) (Publisher: W Strahan & T Cadell) (Condition: ) UL-XXXXXX. Bookseller Inventory # 32818-01

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Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Gibbon, Edward (Author)/ Womersley, David (Introduction by)
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Book Description: Routledge, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 4100 pages. 11.75x7.00x8.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __041516320X

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

Gibbon, Edward.; GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI
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Book Description: 1946. GIBBON & PIRANESI. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. By Edward Gibbon. Seven volumes. Illustrated with double-spread plates after the engravings of Rome by Gian Battista Piranesi. 8vo., bound in deluxe half black morocco, gilt-lettered spines with red morocco title-labels, matching black cloth over boards. New York: Limited Editions Club, 1946. Brilliantly conceived, this Special Deluxe bound copy includes Gibbon's complete text on ancient Rome illustrated with double-spread images of Piranesi's view of ancient Rome from his Vedute di Roma. One of 1500 copies. A perfect reading copy printed on excellent paper and handsomely designed. This edition has been edited by the noted classical scholar J.B. Bury who has added erudite notes throughout the volumes. With a biographical note on Piranesi and his illustrations used for this work by Paul McPharlin. Very fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 145209

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Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Edward Gibbon
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Book Description: Book Condition: New. 350.52 x 548.64 cm. Our orders are sent from our warehouse locally or directly from our international distributors to allow us to offer you the best possible price and delivery time. Book. Bookseller Inventory # MM-60095171

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