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6 volumes. Large 4to. 11 x 9 inches. Bound in fine tree-calf leather bindings, red and light green leather spine labels lettered and numbered in gilt, with gilt decorations to spines. Publishers binding is by Foyle of London. White endpapers. Pale yellow page edging. A superb set. In very good condition. Some minor rubbing to spines and ends, Corners are slightly bumped. Bindings are nice & tight. Boards are lovely and bright showing stunning “Tree-Calf” pattern. But a couple of small handling marks and surface chips/scuffs to boards. Vol.1 has repaired crack to front hinge. Inside page very clean; Some minor light foxing spots to a few pages, one minor tear to edge of p318 in vol.6. Else overall inside pages all very clean, bright and tight throughout. The maps are both clean and bright, no marks or tears. Endpapers have a couple of small penned shelf codes; “D.7.3 / K.3.II.” etc. Else all very clean and tight copies. A stunning set. 6 vols. With an engraved portrait frontispiece and three impressive engraved folding maps by T. KITCHIN. (2 in vol.2., 1 in vol.3.) When Vol.1 was published "the general acclamation was disturbed by the scandal of the famous chapters 15-16, which showed Gibbon in the role of the fifth-century pagan philosopher deriding Christianity in discreet sarcasms"....."The "Decline & Fall" is literature as well as history and his pessimism sets the tone for the work. His detestation of enthusiasm is a mark of his age, and he is no less severe on pagan than on Christian superstition. Here again his cynicism adds a spice to the work which relates it to literature rather than history. His accuracry in the use of his sources has not been questioned."(Chambers).
Title: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. In Six Volumes.
Publisher: London, Printed for W.Strahan, 1776-1788, Volume I (1776) is Second edition. Volumes II - VI (1781-88) are first editions.:
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Seller ID: 82856
Keywords: HISTORY Maps, Military, KITCHIN, Miscellaneous Subjects, Strahan, Roman Empire, History, foreign travel, 18th century, antiquarian books, GIBBON, 1776, 1788, maps, engravings, italy, europe, fine leather binding, tree calf