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Gibbon, Edward
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
Dublin: Printed for Luke White -1789, 1788. 6 vols. I: pp. [2], vii, [1], iii-x, [12], 599, [1] + engraved folding map; II: pp. [2], [8], 527, [1] + 1 engraved folding map; III: pp. [2], [10], 547, [1] + 1 engraved folding map; IV: pp. [2], [8], 522, [2] (last blank); V: pp. [2], [8], 560 (title dated 1788); VI: pp. [2], [10], 596, [72]. Occasional very light age yellowing, I: map and last verso a little foxed, title minimally dusty, II: map a bit dusty and foxed, small repair to verso, III: light water stain to upper blank margin of gathering B, scattered ink smudges to B7-8, V: small tear from upper edge of 2L2, VI: light marginal water stain to first gathering. Contemporary Irish tree calf, marbled endpapers, single gilt ruled, spines gilt with fleurons, star and rolls of ropework, gilt-lettered morocco labels. Spines a little cracked and scuffed at head or foot. 19-century bookplate of Charles H. Tuckey to front pastedowns. A fresh, clean, tall copy of this Irish edition of Gibbon's masterpiece, with three handsome folding maps, and in an attractive, gilt Irish binding. The work is an account of Western history from the apex of the Roman Empire to the fall of Byzantium, including a discussion on the origins of Christianity and of eastern and middle-eastern civilisations. Its six volumes were published in the course of several years, between 1776 and 1789. 'The London booksellers were continually troubled during the eighteenth century by the activities of their Irish confrères, who reprinted the English editions as soon as they were published and sold them at a lower pri … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Unsworth's Booksellers, ILAB, ABA, PBFA. [Folkestone, KENT, United Kingdom]

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