10 December 1999
GIBBON, Edward (1737-1794). The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. London: A. Strahn, T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1776-1788.
6 volumes, 4o (264 x 208 m). Half-titles and errata leaves, engraved portrait after Reynolds, 3 folding engraved maps (occasional faint marginal browning, some minor foxing). Later half tan morocco, marbled boards, spines gilt, red and black spine labels (spines slightly faded).
FIRST EDITION, first issue of Vol. I, with the preface dated February 1776. Gibbon's celebrated history of the Mediterranean world from the death of Marcus Aurelius in AD 180 to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. A "masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style" (PMM). Rothschild 942; Grolier English 58; PMM 222.
[With:] GIBBON. Miscellaneous Works of Edward Gibbon, Esquire with Memoirs of his Life and Writings, composed by himself. London: A.Strahan, T. Cadell, W. Davies, 1796. 2 volumes, 4o (264 x 208 mm). Later half tan morocco, marbled boards, spines gilt, red and black spine labels (spines slightly faded). FIRST EDITION.
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