"Let us do justice to that intrepid spirit"; First Edition of Gibbons Memoirs and Writings Bound In Contemporary Full Leather
Miscellaneous Works With Memoirs Of His Life and Writings, Composed By Himself: Illustrated From His Letters, With Occasional Notes and Narrative, By John Lord Sheffield.
Item Number: 3586
London: A. Strahan and T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies. 1796; John Murray, London, 1815.
First editions. Quarto, 3 volumes. Bound in full brown contemporary leather, with gilt tooling and titles to the spine, ruling to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers.
Shortly following Gibbon's death, his good friend and literary executor, John Lord Sheffield undertook to edit and in 1796 published the first edition of the Miscellaneous Works of Edward Gibbon in order that the reading public have an opportunity to gain a broader insight into the historian and his overall body of work.