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Gibbon, Edward (Esq)
THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE (SIX VOLUMES, COMPLETE)
London, England: W. Strahan & T. Cadell, 1788. Mixed Set: (First Edition Vols. II - VI, Third Issue, Vol. I). Leather-bound. Very Good Plus. Complete in 6 thick large quarto 4to volumes. (11 3/8" x 9 1/4"). Vol. 1, 704 + lxxxviii, Notes; Vol. 2, Table of Contents to Vol. 1, Table of Contents to Vol. 2, 640 pp. + erratta; Vol. 3, Table of Contents to Vol. 3, 640 pp. + erratta; Vol. 4, Preface, Contents, 620 pp.; Vol. 5, 684 pp. Vol. 6, 646 pp. + General Index. Half-title pages and errata present. Bound uniformly in early, most likely original, full polished, mottled calf, (similar to tree calf) and rebacked to sympathetic period style. Boards are bright, with modest wear at edges and corners. Dual contrasting leather spine labels, bright and unchipped. Spine compartments ornamented in gilt. Original heavy laid cotton rag endpapers, guarded by japan paper. Handmade laid paper throughout is high-quality rag stock. No library or ex-library markings. Original hand-sewn headbands and tailbands and silk ribbon placemarkers present (some remnant only). Three original folding maps, large, well- struck on heavy stock, and clean. Eastern Roman Empire map shows some professionally repaired paper weld repair of crease-wear-and-tear on reverse side. Western Roman Empire map reveals at least one paper weld repair on reverse side. Light foxing to text and maps -- less than is often found for this set. Vol. I engraved frontispiece portrait of Edward Gibbon by John Hall after Sir Joshua Reynolds. Volumes II through VI (are the true London Large Quarto First Edition, issued 1781 through1 … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: AARDVARK BOOKS, Member ABAA, ILAB & IOBA [EUGENE, OR, U.S.A.]
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