The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; Volumes I-6

Gibbon, Edward

Published by Phillips, Sampson, and company, 1850
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Beautiful complete six-volume set of arguably the most import work of history ever written. Three quarter calf over marbled boards with square tight bindings and clean bright interiors. Marbled end papers and edges as well. Very good to Near Fine condition with mild edge wear, including a small chip to the crown of volume one. Spines with minimally raised bands and six elaborately gilt-tooled compartments. Original black spine labels. Very light rubbing to boards. A gorgeous set!. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: The History of the Decline and Fall of the ...
Publisher: Phillips, Sampson, and company
Publication Date: 1850
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Near Fine

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GIBBON, Edward
Published by The Modern Library [c.1977-1980], New York (1977)
ISBN 10: 0394604016 ISBN 13: 9780394604015
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Book Description The Modern Library [c.1977-1980], New York, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Volume I only (of the three volume set). A Modern Library reprint edition of one of the most famous works of world history, in which Mr. Gibbon has clearly and throughly detailed the decline of the Empire of Rome; and has offered theories as to why it happened. This volume covers the period from A.D. 180 to A.D. 395. --- In Toledano spine G8 / brown paper-covered boards / gilt-stamped spine titling / perfect bound (not stitched) / plain style GA endpapers / plain tan style Gk dust jacket / verso blank. Likely published c.1977-80 though no specific publication date appears in book. ML #G6.2. --- With inkings to page one and minor soiling to textblock fore-edge; else a clean, firm, unmarked copy. Unclipped dust jacket with a little spine sunning and back cover soiling but otherwise in good shape and protected in removable mylar.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; viii, 956 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 80009

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Gibbon, Edward, 1737-1794. Henry Hart Milman, 1791-1868 (notes).
Published by Boston, MA: Phillips, Sampson, and Company, 1851-1854. (1854)
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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], 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], 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], 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, [2], 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 # INV-10234

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Gibbon, Edward; Milman, H.H.
Published by Porter & Coates, Philadelphia (1845)
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Book Description Porter & Coates, Philadelphia, 1845. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Collectible; Like New. No Jacket. No date, likely a late 19th century edition. Page ridges faintly foxed, boards lightly rubbed. Complete in six volumes. 8vo. Original orange cloth, gilt titles and decorations, embossed design on front & back covers. Gibbon's complete work, with notes by Rev. Milman, plus a general index. "The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a major literary achievement of the 18th century published in six volumes, was written by the celebrated English historian Edward Gibbon. Volume I was published in 1776, and went through six printings (a remarkable feat for its time). Volumes II and III were published in 1781; volumes IV, V, VI in 1788-89. The original volumes were published as quartos, a common publishing practice of the time. 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. His pessimism and detached use of irony was common to the historical genre of his era. Although he published other books, Gibbon devoted much of his life (1772-1789) to this one work. His autobiography Memoirs of My Life and Writings is devoted largely to his reflections on how the book virtually became his life. He compared the publication of each succeeding volume to a newborn child. The book is famous not only because it is extraordinarily well written, but also because Gibbon offers an explanation for why the Roman Empire fell. This is one of the great historical questions, and, because of the relative lack of written records from the time, one of the most difficult to undertake. Gibbon was not the first to theorise about this. In fact most of his ideas are directly taken from Roman moralists of the 4th and 5th centuries who wrote about it at the time; nor would he be the last; see for example Henri Pirenne's Thesis of the early 20th century. According to Gibbon, the Roman Empire succumbed to barbarian invasions because of a loss of civic virtue among its citizens. They had become lazy and soft, outsourcing their duties to defend their Empire to barbarian mercenaries, who then became so numerous and ingrained that they were able to take over the Empire. Romans, he believed, had become effeminate, unwilling to live a tougher, 'manly' military lifestyle. In addition Gibbon pointed to Christianity. Christianity, he says, created a belief that a better life existed after death. This fostered indifference to the present among Roman citizens, thus sapping their desire to sacrifice for the Empire. He also believed its comparative pacifism tended to sap the traditional Roman martial spirit. Finally, like other Enlightenment thinkers, Gibbon held in contempt the Middle Ages as a priest-ridden, superstitious, dark age. It was not until his own age of reason and rational thought, it was believed, that human history could resume its progress. Gibbon provides the reader with a glimpse of his thought process with extensive notes along the body of the text, a precursor to the modern use of footnotes. Gibbon's footnotes are famous for their idiosyncrasies. They provide an entertaining moral commentary on both ancient Rome and 18th-century Great Britain. This technique enabled Gibbon to compare ancient Rome to modern times. Gibbon's work advocates a rationalist and progressive view of history. Gibbon's citations provide in-depth detail regarding his use of sources for his work on ancient Rome, documents dating back to ancient Rome. The detail within his asides and his care in noting the importance of each document is a precursor to mode. Bookseller Inventory # 2199159

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