History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
New Edition, revised and corrected by the Author, with notes, references. Complete in Four Volumes. With Maps.Liverpool: Edward Howell. 1861 Stock Code: 144886
A handsome set of Gibbon's great history. First published between 1776 and 1788, "This masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless works which... maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar... The Decline and Fall is the only historical narrative prior to Macaulay which continues to be reprinted and actually read... 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).
4 volumes, octavo (214 x 136 mm). Contemporary tan half calf, brown morocco labels, elaborate tooling to spines gilt, separated by raised bands, marbled boards, endpapers and edges.
Engraved frontispieces and folding maps.
Leather bookplates to front pastedowns, moderate foxing to prelims, board edges rubbed. A very good set.
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