The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
New Edition.London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1848 Stock Code: 139271
NotesA very attractive 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).
8 volumes, octavo (213 x 134 mm). Contemporary calf, twin orange and green morocco labels, spines gilt in compartments, gilt fillet to sides, bind roll turn-ins, marbled endpapers and edges.
Engraved frontispiece portrait frontispiece and 3 engraved folding maps.
Armorial bookplate of Robert Thornton to front pastedowns. Bound without first half-title. Very light spotting to calf, offsetting from frontispiece, very occasional foxing but generally clean and fresh inside. A superb set, handsome and without wear.
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