The Gibbon Classic

    Edward Gibbon. Five of Six Volumes of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. London: A. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1787-1788.

    Includes Volumes II-VI. Volumes II and III are New Editions, and Volumes IV-VI are first editions. Quarto. [7, contents], [1, blank], 640; [7, contents], [1, blank], 640; viii, [7, contents], [1, blank], 620; [8, contents], [8, contents], 684; [9, contents], [1, blank], 646, [51, index], [1, errata] pages.

    Contemporary tree calf with decorative gilt rules on the front and rear boards and additional decoration in gilt on the spines. All joints cracked and tender with additional shelf wear and scuffing. Text blocks quite sound and clean. Former owner's bookplate on the front pastedown of each volume. A generally very good partial set, rare when considering volumes IV, V, and VI are first editions.

    Gibbon's scholarship on the subject and his extraordinary literary talent remain unequaled.

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