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Lot 86: Gibbon (Edward) The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 6 vol., first edition, 1776-88.
November 15, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: Gibbon (Edward) The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 6 vol., first edition, first state with cancels as called for, half-titles to all but vol.5, errata to vol. 1,2 & 3, errata to vol. 4,5 & 6 at end of vol.6 as called for, engraved portrait frontispiece to vol.1, 3 engraved folding maps, light offsetting from portrait, vol.2 D2 mounted on stub, vol.6 lacking final blank, some very occasional light spotting or foxing, bookplate of Holland House, contemporary polished calf, spines gilt in compartments with red and green morocco labels, some chipping to labels, some cracking to joints but a handsome set overall, [Rothschild 948; PMM 222], 4to, for W.Strahan & T.Cadell , 1776-88. ⁂ "This masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless historical works which... maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar..." PMM.
Notes: Category: Literature, Manuscripts and History