HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE.

Gibbon Edward

Published by Halifax William Millner 1845, 1845
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4 volumes. An attractive and very elusive early 19th century printing of this classic work Illustrated with 4 folding maps. 8vo, bound in contemporary three-quarter dark-blue calf over textured cloth boards, spines in 6 compartments with raised bands gilt decorated, morocco labels lettered in gilt, marbled endleaves. xxxi, 501; 486; 537; 498 pp. A very pleasing and well preserved set of this elusive printing. The bindings are handsome and strong, the text-blocks are clean, crisp and very readable. A handsome set. THIS IS A VERY PLEASING, HANDSOME AND QUITE ELUSIVE SET OF THE GREATEST HISTORICAL WORK EVER UNDERTAKEN. It was in Italy while "musing amid the ruins of the Capital" that Gibbon formed the plan of his history. Originally published in six volumes from 1776 to 1788, Gibbon's fine scholarship has remained for the most part unchallenged. The work's numerous reprintings throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are evidence of its popularity and historical accuracy. "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). 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. Bookseller Inventory # 15654

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Title: HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN...

Publisher: Halifax William Millner 1845

Publication Date: 1845

Binding: Hardcover

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