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Gibbon, Edward

Published by Strahan and T. Cadell, London (1776)

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Item 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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The History of the Decline and Fall: GIBBON, Edward.

GIBBON, Edward.

Published by London: W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1776-88 (1776)

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Item Description: London: W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1776-88, 1776. 6 volumes, quarto (273 × 212 mm). Recently rebound to style in speckled half calf, decorative gilt spines, red morocco labels and numberings roundels, marbled sides. Scattered foxing and marginal dampstaining, marginal worming to first gathering of volume III. An attractive set. Engraved portrait frontispiece of Gibbon by Hall after Reynolds, 3 folding engraved maps. First editions (volume I in the second state) of Gibbon's magisterial history, handsomely bound and with all half-titles and errata leaves present. "This masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless historical works which. maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar although they have been superseded in many, if nor most, details by subsequent advances of research and changes in the climate of opinion. Strahan [Gibbon's co-publisher] was the first to appreciate the importance of Gibbon's work: having read the manuscript of the first volume in manuscript, he immediately doubled the printing order - and the first edition of one thousand copies was sold within a fortnight. 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). Norton 20, 23, 29; Printing and the Mind of Man 222. Bookseller Inventory # 100705

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Gibbon, Edward

Published by London: Printed for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776 (1776)

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Item 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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GIBBON, Edward [1737-1794]

Published by Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1777-78, London (1777)

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Item 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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Gibbon Edward

Published by London for W. Strahan and T. Cadell 1788-1789 (1789)

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Item 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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GIBBON, Edward.

Published by London: W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1776-88 (1776)

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Item Description: London: W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1776-88, 1776. 6 volumes, quarto (258 × 203 mm). Recent sprinkled calf, red and black morocco labels, red speckled edges. Ownership inscriptions of J. H. Peile (dated 1804) and Thomas Law. Volume I title page remargined, and a number of gatherings with lower blank margin either repaired or with a portion neatly excised (remedying an old burn mark), a few worm traces in volume II, scattered foxing, occasional contemporary marginalia. Engraved portrait frontispiece of Gibbon, 3 folding engraved maps. First editions (second state of volume I) of Gibbon's magisterial history, handsomely bound and with all half-titles and errata leaves present. "This masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless historical works which. maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar although they have been superseded in many, if nor most, details by subsequent advances of research and changes in the climate of opinion. Strahan [Gibbon's co-publisher] was the first to appreciate the importance of Gibbon's work: having read the manuscript of the first volume in manuscript, he immediately doubled the printing order - and the first edition of one thousand copies was sold within a fortnight. 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). Norton 20, 23, 29; Printing and the Mind of Man 222. Bookseller Inventory # 100219

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Gibbon, Edward

Published by London: W. Strahan & T. Caddell, 1776. (1776)

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Item 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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GIBBON, Edward

Published by W. Allason (et al.), London (1819)

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Item 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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THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL: Gibbon, Edward

Gibbon, Edward

Published by Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell. 1776-1788, London (1776)

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Item 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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Item Description: Printed for W. Strahan and T. Cadell later imprints vary see below -1815, 1776. FIRST EDITIONS of all except the first volume (see below), engraved frontispiece and three maps in the Decline, two further frontispieces and a folding table in the Miscellaneous Works, a little foxing and spotting, occasional minor staining, a few plates and leaves bound out of expected order (see below), final blank in vol. vi discarded, one blank corner in vol. v torn away and neatly repaired, pp. viii, [iv], 586, [2], lxxxviii; [xxiv], 640, [2]; [xii], 640, [2]; [xii], 620; [xii], 684; [iv], viii, [x], 646, [52], 4to, slightly later diced russia, boards bordered with a double gilt decorative roll, spines gilt in compartments and gilt-lettered direct in second and fourth and at foot, rebacked preserving original backstrips, marbled endpapers, edges gilt, some old scratches to leather, bookplate of Fleming Crooks in each vol., along with ownership inscription of John L. Hammond, bookplate of S. Hammond Russell and his pencilled inscription recording the gift 'from H.D.R. January 1st 1843' in vol. i, plus his pencilled notes recording dates of reading, vol. ix (supplied later; see below) in original paper boards, printed label, some small splashmarks, joints and edges a little worn and head of backstrip defective, with bookplate of Rogers of Stanage, a very good set overall. The first volume was produced in an edition of only 1000 copies in February 1776 that sold out so quickly a second and third edition followed within a year. By the time Gibbon had finished writing the second volume and was ready to print it (in 1781), the fourth edition of the first volume was in the press, and even then the second and third volumes sold out quickly and were reprinted in the same year. As a result, most complete sets have later printings of the first three volumes, and even a set like this, where only the first volume is a later printing, is rather uncommon. This copy has some variations from the 'standard' collation in the position of plates and leaves: the table-of-contents for vol. i, which was printed with vol. ii but is usually bound in vol. i, has here been left in vol. ii; the portrait from vol. ii is bound in vol. i, the small map from vol. iii is bound in vol. ii while the large map from vol. ii is bound in vol. iii; a four leaf-section of prelims (A1-4) from vol. iv is bound in vol. vi instead. The identical binding on the first 8 volumes indicates this set was likely bound after the publication of the two volumes of Miscellaneous Works in 1796 - which state on their title-pages that they are complete in two volumes. The third volume of the Miscellaneous Works, not planned for by the original editors and only printed some two decades later, is not always found with the first two; the original owners of this set had never acquired a copy and one has now been supplied for technical completeness. The set has a significant American provenance: the earliest owner recorded appears to be John L. Hammond, presumably a relation of the Samuel Hammond Russell who was given the book by one 'H.D.R[ussell?]' in 1843. Samuel Hammond Russell was an important figure in Boston society, serving on the city council and building one of the first homes on Beacon Street in Back Bay, which soon became the most fashionable area in the city. (The Gibson House Museum, next door to his former property, was owned by his aunt Catherine Hammond Gibson.) The next evidence of ownership is the bookplate of Fleming Crooks, but the set must have descended through the family since Russell's daughter, Edith, widow of the Scottish politician Lord Playfair (and model for John Singer Sargent) married Robert Fleming Crooks in 1901. The Fleming Crooks collection was then dispersed at Sothebys in 1932. Most interestingly, Samuel H. Russell has recorded his three readings of the work on the last text page of vol. vi: from 20th October to 22nd December 1843, then again from 4th June to 16th October 1848, and a third time through from November 1862 to 9th April 1863. On this. Bookseller Inventory # 54225

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The History of the Decline and Fall: GIBBON, Edward.

GIBBON, Edward.

Published by London Strahan; and T. Cadell in the Strand -1788 (1782)

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Item Description: London Strahan; and T. Cadell in the Strand -1788, 1782. Six volumes, 4to. First edition of volumes 4-6, new edition of volumes 1-3, engraved frontispiece portrait by Hall after Reynolds, 3 maps (2 folding), half titles to volumes 2-6, errata leaf in volume 6, small water stain to lower blank margin of volume 1, a few spots to endpapers otherwise exceptionally clean internally, contemporary diced russia gilt, volume 6 unnumbered (assume, quirky binder's error), natural age-wear making a very handsome set. Decline and Fall ranks as a "masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style and has remained one of the ageless historical works which. maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar" (PMM). Spanning a period of nearly 1500 years, this monumental work of history tracks the orbit of one of the greatest Empires of all time. The sheer scale and sweep of the narrative is breathtaking in its ambitious scope and brings to vivid life the collapse of a magnificent military, political and administrative structure. Proceeding at a brisk pace, the original fourteen volumes describe debauched emperors, corrupt practices, usurpers and murderers, bloody battles, plunder and loot, barbarian hordes, tumultuous events like the Crusades and invaders like Genghis Khan and many more. Later, it was condensed by various editors to make it available to more readers. Much of it seems like a modern battle epic or a gory scary movie with endless passages depicting power struggles, blood-drenched paths to the throne, ruthless killing of innocent women and children and the final disappearance of a mighty empire. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire was written by an English historian who was inspired to write it when he undertook the Grand Tour and visited Rome as a young man in 1762. The book eventually took more than 20 years to complete and was received with both bouquets and brickbats. The Church banned it quite a few times as it was considered to have blasphemous passages about the Church. Gibbon was attacked by many devout Christians as a "paganist." Setting the starting point with the Emperor Augustus in 27 BC, Gibbon pursues the Romans relentlessly on to their final defeat in Constantinople in the 15th Century AD with the rise of the Turkish Ottomans. Stretching across North Africa, Europe and the Middle East as well as some parts of modern-day Asia, the Roman Empire was a tremendous human enterprise. Successively added to by emperor after emperor, it finally disintegrated and ceased being the "empire without end." Gibbon initially planned to write a history of the city of Rome but found himself so immersed in the subject that it gradually grew into a work about the empire itself. He provides interesting theories for the collapse of the Empire. The rise of Christianity, Islam and the attacks of various wild and brutal hordes contributed to the fall of this mighty Colossus. PMM 222. Bookseller Inventory # 93376

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Edward Gibbon

Published by W. Strahan & T. Cadell c. 1777-1788., London (1777)

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Item 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 frontispiece portrait and 3 folding maps., 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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GIBBON, Edward [1737-1794]

Published by Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1787-89, London (1787)

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Item 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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The History of the Decline and Fall: Gibbon, Edward

Gibbon, Edward

Published by Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand 1781-1788., London (1781)

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Item 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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The History of the Decline and Fall: Gibbon, Edward; [Bruce,

Gibbon, Edward; [Bruce, James]

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Item Description: Printed for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, London, 1790. Early octavo edition of Edward Gibbon's monumental history, following the trajectory of the Roman Empire from the death of Marcus Aurelius to the fall of Constantinople thirteen centuries later, an epic feat of historiography that took twenty years to complete. Gibbon's narrative drive and pointed analysis found an immediate readership at home and abroad: "Our fancy may create, or adopt, a pleasing romance, that the Goths and Vandals sallied from Scandinavia, ardent to avenge the flight of Odin . . . to burn the records of classic literature, and to found their national architecture on the broken members of the Tuscan and Corinthian orders. But in simple truth, the northern conquerors were neither sufficiently savage, nor sufficiently refined, to entertain such aspiring ideas" (Chapter LXXI). The first edition of Gibbon's history appeared in six quarto volumes, issued from 1776 to 1788. In 1783, publishers Strahan and Cadell reissued the first half of the work in six octavo volumes; in 1790, they reissued the second half to complete the twelve-volume set. The first six volumes of this set are early printings, dated 1788; the final six volumes are first printings, dated 1790. This set belonged to Scottish explorer James Bruce, Laird of Kinnaird, who traveled widely throughout North Africa in the 1760s and 1770s. He was one of the first Europeans to trace the Blue Nile to its Ethiopian source, in 1770, and the first to follow the Blue Nile to its confluence with the White Nile in Sennar (now the Sudan). In 1790, the year that the final volumes of his Gibbon set were printed, Bruce published his own Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile in five quarto volumes, a classic of African exploration. PMM 222. A bright near-fine set, with an excellent historical association, bridging the Roman and British empires. Twelve octavo volumes, full contemporary polished calf, raised bands, spine compartments ruled in gilt, red and green morocco spine labels, all edges stained yellow. Frontispiece portrait of Gibbon after Joshua Reynolds and map of the Eastern empire in Volume I; two additional folding maps, "Parts of Europe and Asia Adjacent to Constantinople" and map of the Western empire, in Volume II; general index in Volume XII. Bookplate of James Bruce, "Bruce of Kinnaird," and handwritten shelf mark "101" in all volumes; additional label "From Kinnaird 1897" and previous owner notes to front endpapers of Volume I. Occasional scuff to bindings, spine ends rubbed, chip to spine label of Volume II. Bookseller Inventory # 1001233

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Gibbon Edward

Published by London for W. [and] A. Strahan and T. Cadell 1783-1790 (1790)

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Item 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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The History of the Decline and Fall: GIBBON, Edward.

GIBBON, Edward.

Published by London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell -89 (1781)

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Item 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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Gibbon, Edward

Published by Strahan & Cadell, 1781-1788 (1781)

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Item 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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Published by London: Printed for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1789-88. (1789)

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Item Description: London: Printed for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1789-88., 1789. "A 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, 1789-1788. New edition of volumes I - III, first editions of volumes IV - VI. Six large quarto volumes (10 13/16 x 8 9/16 inches; 274 x 216 mm.). viii, [12], 704; [x], 640; [x], 640; [2], viii, [8], 620; [x], 684; [xii], 646, [52, index and errata] pp. Engraved portrait frontispiece of Edward Gibbon by John Hall after Sir Joshua Reynolds in volume 1, two large folding engraved maps by Thomas Kitchin 'Western Part of the Roman Empire' (volume I, facing p. 1), 'Eastern Part of the Roman Empire' (volume IV, facing p. 1), and full-page map of 'The Parts of Europe and Asia, adjacent to Constantinople' (volume II, facing p. 22). Bound without half-titles. Some light sporadic foxing throughout.Contemporary speckled calf, covers decoratively ruled in gilt, smooth spines with decorative gilt bands. Red and green morocco lettering and numeral labels, lettered in gilt. Bookplate of Roger Peers on front paste-down of each volume. Neat ink signature of Roger Peers on each front blank end-leaf. A few joints cracked but sound. Green morocco numeral label missing from spine of volume III. Overall a very attractive and sound set.A mixed set, with later editions (1789) of the first three volumes, and first editions (1788) of the last three volumes. Gibbon's masterful history of the Roman Empire was originally 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 'Pirates' 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 frontispiece 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 three 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. (J.E.A. Norton. A Bibliography of the Works of Edward Gibbon)."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 advances of research and changes in the climate of opinion. Whereas other. Bookseller Inventory # 03461

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Gibbon (Edward):

Published by 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)

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Item 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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Gibbon, Edward

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Edward Gibbon

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Item Description: Routledge, 1997. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. New edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX041516320X

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GIBBON, Edward.

Published by Cadell and Davies, London (1820)

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Item 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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GIBBON (Edward)

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Item 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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Gibbon, Edward

Published by Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand 1778-1778., London (1778)

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Item Description: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand 1778-1778., London, 1778. Quarto, 6 volumes. Mixed early editions. Volume I is a third edition, volumes II and III are editions, volumes IV, V, and VI are first editions. Bound in full calf; rebacked preserving much of the backstrips; black morocco spine labels; gilt tooling to the spine. In very good condition. "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 # 4622

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THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL: Gibbon, Edward

Gibbon, Edward

Published by Phillips, Sampson, Boston (1850)

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Item Description: Phillips, Sampson, Boston, 1850. "A New Edition, to Which is Added a Complete Index of the Whole Work" 6 volumes. Bound by John Grabau in full dark blue crushed morocco with marbled endpapers, t.e.g., the spines with gilt titles and geometric designs in the panels, the covers with frames of similar designs and incorporating Greek key elements. John Grabau bound for the Roycrofters before setting up his own bindery. Fine, 5 blank pages at end of Vol. I heavily annotated in pencil A New Edition, to Which is Added a Complete Index of the Whole Work. Bookseller Inventory # 20171

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Gibbon, Edward.; GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI

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Item 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, Edward.

Published by W.Strahan & T.Cadell,, London, (1777)

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Item Description: W.Strahan & T.Cadell,, London, 1777. 4° (24 x 28,5 cm). The Third Edition (with the portrait that is missing in the First Edition. 6 volumes (complete set). London, W.Strahan & T.Cadell, 1777-1788. 4° (24 x 28,5 cm). Vo,ume I: Portrait-Frontispice of Edward Gibbon, VI, (9), 704, (6) pages / Volume II: (5), Errata-leaf, 2 Large Foldout-Maps, 640 pages / Volume III: (6), Errata-Leaf, Large Fold-Out Map, 640 pages / Volume IV: VIII, 620 pages / Volume V: (6), 684 pages / Volume VI: (6), 646 pages plus 26 nn. pages and Errata-leaf for volumes IV, V and VI. Hardcover. Beautifully rebacked in full calf, with original boards and new endpapers. Minor foxing only. Very good+ condition of the third edition. Including: 1. Large folded "Map of the Western Part of the Roman Empire", 2. A Map of the Parts of Europe and Asia adjacent to Constnatinople, 3. A Map of the Eastern Part of the Roman Empire by Thomas Kitchin, sen.// Edward Gibbon (27 April 1737 – 16 January 1794) 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. The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organized religion. Gibbon returned to England in June 1765. His father died in 1770, and after tending to the estate, which was by no means in good condition, there remained quite enough for Gibbon to settle fashionably in London at 7 Bentinck Street, independent of financial concerns. By February 1773, he was writing in earnest, but not without the occasional self-imposed distraction. He took to London society quite easily, joined the better social clubs, including Dr. Johnson's Literary Club, and looked in from time to time on his friend Holroyd in Sussex. He succeeded Oliver Goldsmith at the Royal Academy as 'professor in ancient history' (honorary but prestigious). In late 1774, he was initiated a freemason of the Premier Grand Lodge of England. And, perhaps least productively in that same year, he was returned to the House of Commons for Liskeard, Cornwall through the intervention of his relative and patron, Edward Eliot. He became the archetypal back-bencher, benignly "mute" and "indifferent," his support of the Whig ministry invariably automatic. Gibbon's indolence in that position, perhaps fully intentional, subtracted little from the progress of his writing. After several rewrites, with Gibbon "often tempted to throw away the labours of seven years," the first volume of what would become his life's major achievement, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published on February 17, 1776. Through 1777, the reading public eagerly consumed three editions for which Gibbon was rewarded handsomely: two-thirds of the profits amounting to approximately £1,000. Biographer Leslie Stephen wrote that thereafter, "His fame was as rapid as it has been lasting." And as regards this first volume, "Some warm praise from David Hume overpaid the labour of ten years." Volumes II and III appeared on March 1, 1781, eventually rising "to a level with the previous volume in general esteem." Volume IV was finished in June 1784; the final two were completed during a second Lausanne sojourn (September 1783 to August 1787) where Gibbon reunited with his friend Deyverdun in leisurely comfort. By early 1787, he was "straining for the goal" and with great relief the project was finished in June. Gibbon later wrote: "It was on the day, or rather the night, of the 27th of June, 1787, between the hours of eleven and twelve, that I wrote the last lines of the last page in a summer-house in my garden. . I will not dissemble the first emotions of joy on the recovery of my freedom, and perhaps the establishment of my fame. But my pride was soon humbled, and a sober melancholy was spread over my mind by the idea that I had taken my everlasting leave of an old and agreeable companion, and that, whatsoever might be the future date of. Bookseller Inventory # 26048AB

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The History of The Decline And Fall: GIBBON, Edward

GIBBON, Edward

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Item Description: London, 1777. Book Condition: Very Good. VOL. 1 THIRD EDITION VOL. 2-6 FIRST EDITIONS. 6 vols., 11-1/2" x 9-1/4", illustrated with 3 maps (2 folding) and the engraved frontis portrait of Gibbon in vol. 1, with all the half titles and errata leaves, complete. Bound in contemporary full speckled calf, covers ruled in gilt, neat early rebacking retaining the original spine labels, gilt decorated spines, internally clean and bright, a VERY GOOD set. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000162891

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Item Description: hardcover. 12 volumes. Frontispiece portrait and 2 large folding map. Handsomely bound in contemporary full brown calf; gilt-stamped borders and spines with red leather labels; marbled endpapers and page edges (leather is rubbed and a bit edgeworn in spots; hinge neatly repaired in two volumes, still a quite attractive set). Edinburgh: Printed for Bell and Bradfute, et al., 1811. Bookseller Inventory # 161453

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