GIBBON, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire London: For W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1776-88. 6 volumes. 4° (275 x 220mm.). Engraved portrait after Reynolds, 2 folding engraved maps, half-titles, errata leaf at end of vol. II & III (without the final blank in vol. II, III & VI, occasional light foxing).
Contemporary tree calf by J. Forsyth of Elgin with his ticket, flat spines gilt-ruled in Greek key pattern into 6 compartments, red morocco lettering pieces and blue morocco numbering pieces (upper joint of volume I skilfully repaired).
Provenance: Late eighteenth centry inscription on title-page 'Library of Castle Grant', seat of the Countess of Seafield. Second edition of vol. I, FIRST EDITION of vol. II-VI. Printing and the Mind of Man 222; Norton 21, 23 & 29; Grolier: One Hundred Books Famous in English Literature p.117
A VERY FINE COPYS