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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. Hardcover. F.. 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. Book. 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 : printed for W. Strahan ; and T. Cadell, in the Strand. MDCCLXXVI - MDCCLXXXVIII [ 1776 - 1788. ] (1788)

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Item Description: London : printed for W. Strahan ; and T. Cadell, in the Strand. MDCCLXXVI - MDCCLXXXVIII [ 1776 - 1788. ], 1788. 6 volumes. Volume 1, 1776, second edition ( first edition was the same year. ) Volume's 2 - 6, 1781 - 1788, first editions. All 4to ( 271mm. ) Pp. [5] vi - viii. [16], [1] 2 - 586 [2], [1] ii - lxxxviii, plates [1] portrait frontis, ( Norton 21 ) ; [12], [1] 2 - 640 [2] verso blank, [2] blank, plates [ 2] folding maps, ( Norton 23 ) ; [12], [1] 2 - 640 [2] verso blank, [2] blank, plates [1] folding map ( Norton 23,p.54 ) ; [4], [1] ii - viii, [8], [1] 2 - 620 ( Norton 29 ) : [12 ], [1] 2 - 684 ( Norton 29, p. 63 ) ; [14], [1] 2 - 646, [52], [8] publisher's adverts dated 1788, ( Norton 29,p. 63. ) All volumes with a half title, and the original integral silk page marker. All Errata leaves present. Preface in vol 1 dated June 1, 1776. The engraved frontis portrait of Gibbon by John Hall after Joshua Reynolds in vol. 1 is dated " . Febry 1st. 1780. . , " it was originally issued with volume 2 , in this set it has been bound into volume 1 at some time.The three maps are by Thomas Kitchen Snr. and are dated January, 11,1781. Occasional sporadic light spotting and dusting at the start and end of each volume does not detract from the overall clean and bright condition of the contents. Small almost imperceptible tear in the title-page of vol.3 not affecting the text. Contemporay calf very lightly rubbed, sometime expertly rebacked, the spines with five raised bands and contrasting red and dark green title and volume labels respectively, each panel with a gilt decoration incoprorating a sword, shield, Roman Eagle, and Centurion's helmet. Contemporary marbled endpapers. Overall a very good, attractive near fine set. This 6 volume quarto set is Gibbon's " Masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style [ which ] has remained one of the ageless historical works . . " When first published the first edition of one thousand copies was sold within a fortnight, the chronology of publication and issue points are amply explained in Norton's " A Bibliography of the works of Edward Gibbon, " OUP. 1970, pages 36 - 176. ESTC T78357.T78360.T78362.T78365.T78365. T78365. Printing and the Mind of Man 222. Norton 21.23.23.29.29.29. Bookseller Inventory # 4482

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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

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Item Description: 1782. "GIBBON, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. London: Printed for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1782-1788. Six volumes. Quarto, contemporary full tan calf rebacked in elaborately gilt-decorated calf, red and green morocco spine labels. $10000.Mixed edition set, including three first editions (Volumes I-III are early "New" editions, and Volumes IV-VI are first editions) of one of the greatest classics of Western thought, with three engraved maps by Kitchin, two of them folding. Beautifully bound."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 equaled to this day; and the result was clothed in an 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). All 1000 copies of the first edition of Volume I were sold within two weeks of publication in January 1776. Volume I here is the 1782 edition or fifth overall; Volumes II and III are the 1787 edition or fourth overall. Volumes IV-VI are first editions. With map of the "Western Part of the Roman Empire" in Volume I and maps of the "Eastern Part of the Roman Empire" and "Parts of Europe and Asia Adjacent to Constantinople" in Volume II. Frontispiece engraved portrait of Gibbon in Volume I; bound with half-titles in all volumes except Volume I. Norton 26, 27, 29. Rothschild 942, 945. Grolier 100. Portrait, maps and text clean and fine. Expert restoration to extremities of contemporary calf covers. An excellent set of this classic work.". Bookseller Inventory # 104352

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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 W. Strahan and T. Cadell (1776)

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Item Description: W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Complete in six volumes. All First Editions except volume 1, which is a Second Edition. Large quarto. Full contemporary mid-brown calf with early 20th century rebacks (vol. 1 fully renewed at the same time) and replaced endpapers, raised bands, red lettering piece and black numbering piece. Tips worn and exposed, boards edge-worn. Sporadic light foxing throughout. A handful of small closed tears and marginal stains. Vol. 1 has some offsetting from engraved frontispiece portrait to title page as well as heavy foxing to both; first page of preface torn and missing about half; small wax stain on pages 471-4. Vol. 2: both maps present with small marginal tears but no loss. Vol. 3: binder mistakenly placed duplicate of map, "The western Part of the Roman Empire," in previous volume rather than "The eastern Part." map. An attractive set of Gibbons' magnificent history. Bookseller Inventory # 160730004

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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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Gibbon, Edward

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

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Item Description: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand 1776-1788, London, 1776. Quarto, 6 volumes, bound in contemporary calf, red and green morocco spine labels, marbled endpapers, gilt tooling to the spine, 3 folding engraved maps. Volume I and II are second editions, volumes III-VI are first editions. In near fine condition, rebacked, light rubbing and wear. 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). Bookplate of industrialist Sir Joseph Verdin Bart to each volume. A very nice 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 # 38092

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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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The History of the Decline and Fall: Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon

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Item Description: - London- W. Strahan and T Cadell, 1781. Hardcover. Book Condition: VERY GOOD INDEED. First edition. An attractive mixed edition set of Gibbon's famous historical work. An attractive and early set, complete with folding maps and in an unusual mottled tree calf binding. VolumeI is a 'new edition' of 1782, volumes II and III the second edition, volumes IV-VI are first editions. Collated: Complete with three folding maps, aportrait frontispiece to the first volume and errata pages. Half titled to volumes 2-6. Map ofConstantinople is in its rare folding state rather than having beentrimmed to fit. Edward Gibbon was an English historian for whom this was his most important work. Published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788 it traces the trajectory of Western Civilisation through the Roman Empire to the fall of Byzantium. Gibbon's Decline and Fall is praised for its objectivity and heavy use of primary sources, making it a valuable model for later historians. A fascinating work, it covers the history of early Christianity and of the Roman State Church, and is a broad look at the history of Europe. Condition: In contemporary tree and mottled calf bindings with gilt decorated spines with contrasting morocco labels. Volumes I and IV neatly rebacked preserving spines. Rear joint starting to volume III and VI but still reasonably firm. Slight wear to spines particularly to volume VI and at the tail of all spines. Spine label to volume IV rubbed. Bookplate of George Preston to front pastedown of all volumes. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright and generally clean with some patches of heavier spotting. Spotting heavier to pages 53-63 and 185-195 of volume 3 and pages 449-456 of volume V. Occasional handling marks, heavier at pages 305-320 of volume V. Small closed tears at crease of both large folding maps. Small closed tear to one page of index to volume VI. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED. Bookseller Inventory # 051176

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Item Description: London; W Strahan & T Cadell/A Strahan. T Cadell Jun & W Davies 1777-8 & 1796., 1777. Decline & Fall Vol I is third issue, Vol II second issue and other four vols are all FIRST EDITIONS. Quarto. Vol I [xxiv], 704 pp; Vol II [xii], 640 pp; Vol III [x], 640 pp,[1]; Vol IV viii, [8],620 pp; Vol V [12], 684 pp; 12, 646 pp, [52] Index. Frontispiece portrait engraving to Vol I and 3 folding maps (2 to Vol II and 1 to Vol III). Miscellaneous Works, 1796First Edition. Vol I [xxvi], 702,[1], Vol II viii, 726 pp,[2]; silhouette portrait frontis Vol I. Book Condition: Very Good. Decline & Fall : full tan calf sympathetically rebacked using original boards. Red and black morocco labels to spine; gilt titles, double-gilt bands and gilt decoration to compartments; gilt border to boards. Miscelleaneous Works: full tan calf with red and green morocco labels to spine, gilt titles and decoration, gilt foliate border to boards and marbled endpapers. Edges rubbed with small wear to corners, some scuffing and scratching to boards and bump to upper rear corner Vol VI Decline & Fall; front joint cracked and large chip to lower edge of lower board Vol II Miscelleaneous Works. A little scattered foxing. Corner crease to title and loss to lower margin final leaf (approx 2 inches,without loss to text) to Vol I Decline & Fall and ownership inscription to verso ffep Vol I Miscelleaneous Works, otherwise contents exceptionally clean and bright. First editions of Vol I Decline and Fall are rare, as the original print run was for only 1000 copies. Gibbon's magnum opus was an immediate runaway success and is widely considered to be "esteemed as the greatest historical work ever written" (Adams, Manual of Historical Literature), placing Gibbon at the "very head of the literary tribe" in Europe according to Adam Smith. David Hume (who read Vol I on his death bed) praised the book. Publisher William Strahan was rightly of the opinion that "it will remain a lasting monument to the genius and ability of the writer" (ODNB). Bookseller Inventory # 4872

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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]

Published by Printed for A. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, London (1790)

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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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Gibbon, Edward

Published by printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell., London (1779)

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Item Description: printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell., London, 1779. Contemporary Vellum. Book Condition: Near Fine. First Editions. 8vo. Mr. Gibbon's spirited self defense bound with both the initial cause and a reply to his reply. THREE VOLUMES BOUND AS ONE: DAVIS (Henry Edwards). AN EXAMINATION OF THE FIFTEENTH AND SIXTEENTH CHAPTERS Of Mr. Gibbons History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. In which his view of the Progress of the Christian Religion is shown to be founded on the Misrepresentation of the authors he cites. London: printed for J. Dodsley., 1778 [8], iv, 284p. ESTC T79424 BOUND WITH: GIBBON (Edward). A VINDICATION OF SOME PASSAGES IN THE FIFTEENTH AND SIXTEENTH CHAPTERS Of The History Of The Decline And Fall of the Roman Empire. By The Author. London: printed for W. Strhan; and T. Cadell., 1779. [4], 158, [2]p. ESTC T50834 AND: DAVIS (Henry Edwards). A REPLY TO MR. GIBBONS VINDICATION OF SOME PASSAGES IN THE FIFTEENTH AND SIXTEENTH CHAPTERS of the "Hisotry of the Decline And Fall of the Roman Empire Wherein the Charges Brought Against Him in the Examination Are Confirmed. London: Printed for J. Dodsley., 1779. [4], 178p. ESTC T80327 Three works in one. Contemporary full parchment, ms. title to spine, red sprinkled edges, slight wear to spine. Small ms. Label 'Mr. Malthouse in one vol. in parchment' tipped in following first title page. The Gibbons title is complete with half title and final advert leaf. The second title by Davis has the called for half title. All three books are fine and the original binding has held up very well. Bookseller Inventory # 27633

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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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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

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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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THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL: Gibbon, Edward

Gibbon, Edward

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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

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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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Gibbon, Edward (Author)/ Womersley, David (Introduction by)

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ISBN 10: 041516320X ISBN 13: 9780415163200

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Item Description: Routledge, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 4100 pages. 11.75x7.00x8.00 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __041516320X

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The History of the Decline and Fall: GIBBON, Edward

GIBBON, Edward

Published by John Murray, London (1887)

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Item Description: John Murray, London, 1887. Eight volumes, octavo, single portrait frontispiece, 14 maps (12 folding and 5 coloured); understated half brown morocco, gilt spine with raised bands. A most attractive set of Gibbon's opus, first published in 1776 and here re-issued with notes by Dean Milman, M. Guizot and William Smith. The first volume includes a portrait frontispiece of Gibbon by Sir Joshua Reynolds. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire remains an intriguing work; although in some respects superseded by the following century of (primarily German) classical scholarship, Gibbon style is fresh and intriguing, and the historiographical questions he raises are effectively timeless. Bookseller Inventory # 3805637

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