8 volumes. 8vo. xxxii, 415; x, 425; viii, 433; viii, 410; viii, 412; vii, 428; x, 412; ix, , 434 pp. Portrait frontispiece of Gibbon in vol. 1 and folding map frontispieces in other volumes, most outlined in color, additional maps, most in color and folding, index. Original half blind ruled navy calf over marbled boards with elaborate gilt-stamped spine with five raised bands and gilt-stamped maroon labels, marbled endpapers and fore-edges; faded, esp. cover of vol. III. Very good. BEAUTIFULLY BOUND SET. "The superiority of this edition is very great, not simply in its material appearance, but also in its more essential characteristics. It has excellent maps, and it embodies the notes of Milman, Guizot, and Wenck, as well as the results of later researches brought together by Dr. 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" â " Adams, Manual of Historical Literature, pp. 146-147. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The History of the Decline and Fall of the ...
Publisher: John Murray, 1881.
Publication Date: 1881
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