Lot 526 of 721:
Gibbon's Decline & Fall of Roman Empire 1st edition  

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Lot closed - Sold For:$7,200
Estimate:
$12,000 - $18,000

Title:
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Author:
Gibbon, Edward
Place:
London
Publisher:
Printed for W. Strahan & T. Cadell
Date:
1776-1788
Description:

6 volumes. With engraved portrait & 3 engraved folding maps. (4to) 28x22 cm (11x8¾"), old half calf & marbled boards, rebacked with modern leather, spines ruled & lettered in gilt. 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. 

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Condition:
Some rubbing to boards with a bit of corner wear; three volumes with some yellow staining, not affecting legibility; very good condition overall.
 
Item number:
287523
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