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Gibbon's Decline & Fall of Roman Empire 1st edition  

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Gibbon, Edward


Printed for W. Strahan & T. Cadell



6 volumes. With engraved portrait & 3 engraved folding maps. (4to) 28x22 cm (11x8¾"), old half calf & marbled boards. First Edition (2nd issue of Vol. I). 

First edition of one of the great works of history, Gibbon’s Decline and Fall is considered a "masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style"; many would deem it to be the greatest historical work written in English. It is the first modern history of ancient Rome, and covers the period of the Roman Empire from the 2nd Century A.D. to its collapse in the west in the 5th Century and in the east in the 15th Century. Offered together with the first edition of Gibbon's Miscellaneous Works in two volumes, 1796, uniformly bound with and from the same publisher as the Decline and Fall.. 

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Bindings worn, some covers detached, a couple of volumes missing portions of their spine strips; three volumes with some yellow staining, not affecting legibility; good condition overall, worthy of restoration.

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