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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

By Edward Gibbon

1791-1792

A Strahan; T Cadell : London

8.5" by 5.5"

xiv, 456pp; xv, 496pp; viii, 412pp; viii, 443pp; vii, 432pp; viii, 420pp; xii, [1], ii-viii, 424pp; viii, 375pp; xii, 502pp; xii, 460pp; xii, 460pp; [12], 432pp, [86]

 

 

 

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The complete twelve volumes of this 'New Edition' of Edward Gibbon's magnum opus, 'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' in a lovely contemporary tree calf binding. This work was published in this twelve volume form two years after Gib

With a frontispiece and two large folding maps to volume I. The first folding map being the Eastern Part of the Roman Empire, the second folding map being the Western. Volumes II - VI are dated 1892 and volumes VII-XII have half-titles as called for in this edition as stated in the ESTC listing for this work. This edition is ESTC no T79691. 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 and therefore spans a nearly 1500 year period 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. The original first three volumes of this work was published in 1781 with the final three volumes being completed and issued in 1789. These twelve volumes were published two years after his final three volumes and present the contents of all six volumes across twelve octavos. With a further preface to volume VII which is the preface for the initial final three volumes Gibbon had published in 1789. 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 uniform contemporary, full tree calf bindings. Externally, rubbed to the spines, resulting in loss to the gilt. Spine label to volume V is lacking. Patches of slightly heavier rubbing to the rear board of volume VI resulting in some loss to the leather. Small score mark to the rear of volume VIII. Slight bumping to the extremities of volume I, II, III, VI, VII, Minor loss to the head and tail of joints to volume I. Very small crack to the head of rear joint to vol II. Minor cracks to the tail of both joints to volume V resulting in the hinges starting but remaining firm. Very small cracks to the head of joints. Hinges to volume VII are slightly strained but firm. Hinges to volume XII are strained but firm. Small loss to the head of volumes II, III, IV, IX, XI, due to rubbing. Very small hole to the tail of rear joint due to worming. Small amount of worming to the tail of front joint. Cockling to the endpapers of volume III affecting the rest of the textblock very slightly, which has a small amount of cockling. A very small amount of chipping to the top of the contents pages to volume V at the fore edge. Light offsetting to the title page of volume I from frontispiece. Small closed tear at the gutter of map of eastern part of empire, not affecting text and no larger than 2cm. Minor creasing and folding to the edges of map of eastern part of Roman Empire, due to map being too large for binding, not affecting the overall view of map. A few light scattered spots to the maps. Internally, firmly bound. Page 210 of volume IV remains untrimmed, with the corner being folded to contain the page in the binding. Very light spotting to the first and last few pages of all volumes, in addition to some minor offsetting to the pastedown and page edges of the first and last few pages, otherwise pages are clean.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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