The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (6 Volume set). Edward Gibbon.
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (6 Volume set)
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (6 Volume set)

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (6 Volume set)

London, 1787-1788: A. Strahan and T. Cadell. Quarto. Item #027507

Volumes I-III are the New Edition, 1787-1789; Volumes IV-VI are all first editions, 1788. "To this task 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" (Printing and the Mind of Man, 222). It was Robert Caro's thorough reading of this major work at Princeton which he considers the finest writing of history both in terms of its style and its amassing of facts without losing the serious reader. J.E. Norton's A Bibliography of the Works of Edward Gibbon details the impact the work immediately made in England and its translation into all the major European languages. Both Adam Smith and David Hume lavished praise on Gibbon's accomplishment while those the names of those who disparaged it have been relegated to the distant past. This edition has the frontispiece of Edward Gibbon with the following maps: Volume I, the large folding map of the western part of the Roman Empire, Volume II, the large folding map of the eastern part of the Roman Empire as well as the full page map of Europe and Asia. Volume VI has a page with one small piece of paper torn away from the outer margin not extending to the text. All volumes bound in full calf with decorative gilt roll to board edges, marbled endpapers, handsome early rebacking, retaining original marbled endpapers, raised bands with compartments decoratively stamped-in gilt, double green morocco spine labels gilt, decorative gilt turn-ins only occasional leaves with scattered foxing or toning.,

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