DescriptionEdward Gibbon. An Essay on the Study of Literature. Written Originally in French. Dublin: Luke White, 1788. Krown & Spellman retail: $750. First Dublin Edition. 12mo. B12, B-I12,K6. 227p. Contemporary tree calf, re-backed retaining original morocco lettering piece, blank upper margin of t.p. torn away (to remove old owner's name). From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
More Information: This was Gibbon's first book. "He (Gibbon) began to form a library of his own and to make abstracts of books. He had begun his French 'Essai sur l'Etude de la Litterature' at Lausanne in 1758. He finished it in February 1759, and published it, at his father's desire, in 1761. It succeeded better abroad than at home, and was reprinted at Geneva in 1762. An English translation appeared in 1764. After the publication of his history it was much sought for and pirated in Dublin, but he refused to republish it himself, " DNB. ESTC t130337. Norton 6.
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