The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Edward GIBBON.
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1781-88. Six volumes, volume I second edition, volumes II-VI first edition, 4to. Portrait frontispiece in volume I plus 3 folding maps. Contemporary quarter calf, speckled boards with some mild rubbing to edges, the set rebacked retaining the original backstrips, volumes I-III with similar but differing designs to volumes IV-VI. "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..." (Printing and the Mind of Man 222). The map of Constantinople is folded with wide margins; it being more commonly found trimmed and bound sideways. Item #30820

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