London: Methuen and Co., 1900-1905. [Late Antiquity] LEATHER-BOUND SET. Eight volumes. Octavo. Contemporary binding of half brown calf by Bickers with gilt titles and gilt to spines, brown cloth boards with gilt rule, top edges gilt others rough trimmed, marbled end papers. With folding maps. Binding slightly rubbed to extremities, some chipping and pulling to endcaps, uneven darkening to spines. Internally clean and sound. A very good set indeed, generously annotated. Originally published sequentially in six volumes between 1776 and 1788, Gibbon's 'Decline and Fall' is universally acknowledged as a historiographical and literary giant of the English language. It has been read by historians of Rome and Byzantium ever since publication, though Gibbon's pessimistic attitude is currently unfashionable amongst scholars of Late Antiquity. Nevertheless, the breadth of his coverage and the depth of his knowledge remains unrivalled. Item #37671
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