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Synopsis: Inspired during a trip to Rome to write a work that would come to define a large portion of his life, Gibbon proceeded to write one of the most ambitious histories in the English language. "The History" is an epic narrative, comprised of six volumes, that covers thirteen centuries of Roman history. Beginning after Marcus Aurelius in 180 and concluding in 1453, Gibbon provides both the broad pattern and the illuminating details of this time period, covering an enormous number of characters and topics with insightful precision. The general objective of this history is to mark the gradual fall of the Roman Empire, stating many reasons for Rome's decay, from political decisions to religious behavior. Published between 1776 and 1788, "The History" has all of the detached irony and objective quality of eighteenth century prose, and it is additionally praised for its extensive and accurate use of reference materials. Gibbon's use of citations became the precursor to today's footnotes, providing entertaining commentary on both ancient Rome and the Great Britain of his own time. Now called the 'modern historian of ancient Rome,' Gibbon's bold work has become the model of most modern historians. Contained here is volume IV of VI, representing chapters XXXIX through XLVIII and is extensively annotated by H. H. Milman.
About the Author:
Edward Gibbon was born in 1737 in Putney, England, and was the only child of his parents to survive infancy. Although his education was frequently interrupted by ill health, his knowledge was far-reaching. His brief career as an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford, ended when he joined the Catholic Church. His father sent him to Lausanne, in Switzerland, where, while studying Greek and French for the next five years, he re-joined the Protestant Church. In 1761 he published his Essai sur l'étude de la Littérature; the English version appeared in 1764. Meanwhile, Gibbon served as a captain in the Hampshire Militia until 1763, when he returned to the Continent. It was while he was in Rome in 1764 that he first conceived the work that was eventually to become The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
In 1774, after the death of his father, Gibbon settled in London and was elected to Parliament where he sat for the next eight years, although he never once spoke in the Commons. He also took his place among the literary circles of London. The first volume of his famous History was published in 1776; it was highly praised for its learning and style but incurred some censure for its treatment of the early Christians. The second and third volumes appeared in 1781 and the final three, which were written in Lausanne, in 1788. He died while on a visit to his friend, Lord Sheffield, who posthumously edited Gibbon's autobiographical papers and published them in 1796.
David Womersley teaches at Jesus College, Oxford, and edited Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire for Penguin Classics.
Title: The History of the Decline and Fall of the ...
Publication Date: 2012
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Printed by J.F. Dove, London, 1825. Half-Leather. Book Condition: Poor. H.R. Cook/Sidney Hall (engravers) (illustrator). Reprint. Eight volume set (as originally issued) of Gibbon's celebrated history of the decline of ancient Rome, comprising: Vol. I - xxxiiipp. + [i]p. + 411pp.; illus. engraved portrait frontispiece (very heavy foxing to preliminaries; old tape repairs to gutters at pp.255-274 and pp.345-348); Vol. II - 492pp.; illus. fold-out bw. map (moderate browning/foxing to preliminaries; map heavily foxed, with a few small tears, but complete); Vol. III - 487pp.; illus. bw. fold-out map (moderate browning/foxing to preliminaries; moderately heavy foxing to map, but map crisp/complete); Vol. IV - 508pp.; Vol. V - vipp. + 500pp.; Vol. VI - 522pp. (light foxing to preliminaries, with sporadic light-to-moderate foxing to very occasional pages); Vol. VII - 468pp. (moderate foxing to title page); Vol. VIII - 440pp. (moderate foxing to preliminaries, mainly at gutters). All vols. in matching original/contemporary binding of half green leather, purple textured boards; decorative rules blind-stamped to front/rear boards; remains of spines show four raised bands, with vestiges/shadows of leather title labels/gilt decoration; all edges speckled red; marbled endpapers. All boards soiled/scuffed/rubbed, but all holding; remaining leather of all spines dry/cracked, but original underlying reinforcement intact in all cases, hence bindings holding quite firm; all collations complete; text generally very fresh throughout; pages generally clean/crisp/bright. Textually complete, and a prospective candidate for re-binding. A weighty set at approx. 11000g (packaged), hence overseas customers are welcome to contact us prior to ordering to ascertain additional shipping charges incurred. A set in Poor condition overall. PRICE (for the set of eight volumes) INCLUDES UK POSTAGE & PACKING. Hardback. Bookseller Inventory # 22436
Book Description Boston, MA: Phillips, Sampson, and Company, 1851-1854., 1854. Poor condition. A set for the Mississippiana collector as volumes II-VI feature scarce 19th century Aberdeen, Mississippi bookseller tickets for either "J.W. Platt, Bookseller and Stationer," "Hawthorn & Platt, Booksellers," and "R.K. Gamble & Co. Booksellers and Stationers." Original full calf leather bindings to Volumes II-V (all hardcover, H 19.25cm x L 12.25cm) with each having 1850s ink and pencil inscriptions of G.D. Winston of Pontotoc, Mississippi. Prior to the Civil War George D. Winston was editor of The Pontotoc Examiner but joined the 2nd Mississippi Infantry in June 1861 and in July 1862 transferred to the 11th Mississippi Regiment. Winston served as editor of the Okolona News after the war and was later co-publisher of the Corinth Herald. Full title: THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE. BY EDWARD GIBBON, ESQ. WITH NOTES BY THE REV H.H. MILMAN, PREBENDARY OF ST. PETER'S, AND RECTOR OF ST. MARGARET'S, WESTMINSTER. A NEW EDITION, TO WHICH IS ADDED A COMPLETE INDEX OF THE WHOLE WORK. Volumes I-V retain bright gilt lettering to their leather spine's black title blocks. Foxing and toning to leaves in all six volumes. Text of Vols. II-VI collate as complete with text blocks of all six still firmly bound. VOLUME I: missing front and rear boards as well as initial leaves inclusive to page xxii and rear free endpaper. Collates as xxiii-liii, , 1-590 with single rear flyleaf present. Calf leather spine chipped at ends with quires exposed. VOLUME II: i-xiv, 1-593 pages. 1854 imprint. Leather boards rubbed and scuffed with bottom corners worn; slight splitting to front joint at ends; rear joint cracked with board tenuous; shallow chipping at spine ends. Platt ticket on fp. VOLUME III: i-xv, , 1-643 pages. 1854 imprint. Leather boards rubbed and scuffed, moisture staining at lower boards with interior leaves likewise affected; splitting along lower rear joint but board remains firm; short tears at heads of both joints; shallow chipping at spine heel. Platt ticket on fp. VOLUME IV: i-xv, , 1-637 pages. 1854 imprint. Missing rear leather board; splitting along front joint but front board remains reasonably firm; spine ends worn even with top and bottom text block edges. Light moisture staining to rear leaves. Hawthorn & Platt ticket on fp with Platt ticket on front fly. VOLUME V: i-xiv, , 1-604 pages. 1854 imprint. Leather boards rubbed and scuffed, joints splitting but with boards not solid but still reasonably firm; jagged chipping at spine ends with quire tips exposed. Platt ticket on fp. VOLUME VI: xvi, 623 pages. Mismatched 1851 imprint with original dark brown cloth binding, also hardcover but H 20cm x L 12.75cm. Large loss of surface cloth to front board; top 6cm of spine cloth perished leaving paper backstrip exposed; front board tenuously attached but rear board fairly firm; shallow chipping at quires' spine heads. Gamble ticket on fp. A poor set sold as is with all faults but with an interesting Mississippi association. Winston's wife, Elizabeth Fontaine, was a sister of fellow war veteran and 1855 gubernatorial candidate Charles D. Fontaine. Mid-19th century bookseller tickets for the northeast Mississippi planter towns of Columbus and Aberdeen are scarce. Lagging only behind Natchez in antebellum economic vitality, Aberdeen and Columbus planters prospered with agricultural wealth generated by easy access to domestic and foreign markets via the Tombigbee River and the Gulf Coast port of Mobile, Alabama. Albeit mismatched, this is the only set yet encountered by this bookseller with tickets of three of the four pre-Civil War Aberdeen bookstores-stationers (the other being J.L. Sadler). Bookseller Inventory # JUN17-03837
Book Description London: Folio Society 1983, 1983. Hardcover. 1st Edition. First edition as thus. 8 volumes. Bound in original white vellum like coloured boards wtih red labels and gilt titles. An excellent set in 2 equally excellent slip cases. Bookseller Inventory # 18140