The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire.
A new edition, with notes by Dean Milman, M.Gizot, and Sir William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D. New impression.London: John Murray, 1903 Stock Code: 140457
A 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 (219 x 142 mm). Contemporary brown half calf by Henry Brown and Sons of Liverpool, red and brown morocco labels, gilt compartments, brown cloth sides, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt.
With portrait and maps.
With the bookplate to front pastedown of Sir Benjamin Sands Johnson, appointed High Sherriff of Lancashire in 1923. Bindings in fine condition, light foxing to initial and final leaves else contents clean; an excellent set.
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