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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

By Edward Gibbon, William Smith (Editor)

1855 - London - John Murray

9" by 5.5"; xxxii, 415pp; x, 425pp; viii, 433pp; viii, 410pp; viii, 415pp; viii, 428pp; x, 412pp; ix, 434pp.

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

DETAILS

The complete eight volumes of Gibbon's popular and most notable historical work.

Edited by William Smith, an English lexicographer.

With folding map illustrations to all volumes. Volume III onwards have the frontispiece misbound to the rear of the volume. 

Illustrations are as follows:

Portrait frontispiece of Gibbon to volume I and two plates of maps to the rear, the Eastern Part of the Roman Empire and the Western Part.
Map of the Migrations of the Barbarians. A folding map frontispiece to volume II with two map plates to the rear. First map is of Propontis, Hellespont and Bosphorus. Second map is of Constantinople.To volume III there is a map of Western Asia, as a folding frontispiece, though bound at rear. To volume IV the folding map frontispiece is of Europe in the fifth century, bound at rear. To volume V there is a folding frontispiece map of Italy and a folding map of the Eastern Empire divided into themes both bound at rear. To volume VI there is a folding frontispiece of a Map of the Mahometan Empire and a map of Europe and Part of Asia and Africa at the Time of Charlemagne, all are bound to rear. To volume VIII there is a Map of the Crusades intended as a frontispiece, with two folding maps of Ancient Rome and the Environs of Rome, all are bound to rear.

Collated, complete.

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire traces the trajectory of Western civilisation from the height of the Roman Empire to the fall of Byzantium. The work spans from 98 to 1590 of the Roman Empire. Therefore, Gibbon discusses the history of early Christianity, the Roman State Church as well as the history of Europe. The popularity of this work rests on Gibbon's objectivity and heavy use of primary sources. In the eighteenth century the use of primary sources for historical was very rare which was why his work was extremely popular. His methodology also became a model for later historians. 

Edward Gibbon wrote many historical works, but is best known for this title. This is due to its quality, the use of primary sources as well as the open criticism of organised religions.  The work earned him a reputation as the first modern historian of Ancient Rome.

CONDITION

In uniformly bound tree calf bindings with gilt stamped border edges and spines. Externally, very smart with just some minor rubbing to joints and spines. Small loss to gilt border to front board to vols II, III, V and VIII. Evidence of cloth repairs to hinges of all volumes. Front hinge to volume I is weak after front endpaper, held by one cord only. Small loss to bottom of spine to volume IV. Small crack to head of front joint to volume VI. The Times Newspaper article on Gibbon from 1987 loosely inserted to volume I. Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Pages are bright with some spotting and offsetting to endpapers with the odd spot throughout. Overall: VERY GOOD INDEED.


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