London: John Murray, 1862. [Late Antiquity] FINE PRIZE BINDING, a new edition. Eight volumes. Octavo (22 x 15 x 28cm). With a frontispiece etching of the author to volume I, and one or two folding maps to each volume. Slightly later black full morocco with gilt titles to spines and gilt arms of King's College London to upper boards. All edges gilt; yellow coated endpapers. KCL Prize plate for English Literature to front pastedown of volume I, dated 1880, with a smudge of tipex to each volume. Largely crisp and clean internally, with a couple of small tear to maps joins, and a couple of mis-folds. Light wear to spines and joints. Very good. 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 #52143
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