The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

Finely Bound Example of Edward Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

GIBBON, Edward.


Item Number: 111029

London: Virtue and Co, 1781-1788.

Finely bound illustrated edition of Gibbon’s masterpiece. Octavo, two volumes, bound in full vellum, morocco spine labels, gilt embossed tooling to the spine, front and rear panels, marbled endpapers, illustrated throughout, folded maps, gilt titles to the spine, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, red and green lettering labels within raised bands. With notes and a memoir by F.A. Guizot. In excellent condition with some light wear, contemporary bookplate to volume one. A very nice presentation.

"This masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless historical works Gibbon brought a width of vision and a critical mastery of the available sources which have not been equalled to this day; and the result was clothed in inimitable prose" (PMM 222). "For 22 years Gibbon was a prodigy of steady and arduous application. His investigations extended over almost the whole range of intellectual activity for nearly 1500 years. And so thorough were his methods that the laborious investigations of German scholarship, the keen criticisms of theological zeal, and the steady researches of (two) centuries have brought to light very few important errors in the results of his labors. But it is not merely the learning of his work, learned as it is, that gives it character as a history. It is also that ingenious skill by which the vast erudition, the boundless range, the infinite variety, and the gorgeous magnificence of the details are all wrought together in a symmetrical whole. It is still entitled to be esteemed as the greatest historical work ever written" (Adams, Manual of Historical Literature, 146-7).

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