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GIBBON, Edward.
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.
London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1781-89.. Six volumes, volume I fourth edition, volumes II and III "new" (but also fourth) editions and volumes IV-VI first editions, 4to. Portrait frontispiece in volume I plus 3 maps, 2 of which are folding, marbled endpapers, bookplates removed from paste downs. Contemporary speckled calf, double gilt rules, gilt spines with red and black labels, much of the gilt rubbed away, some recent restoration of spine ends and joints with one label replaced to style, a very good set. "This masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless historical works... Gibbon brought a width of vision and a critical mastery of the available sources which have not been equalled to this day..." (Printing and the Mind of Man 222).
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