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HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE.|THE
(New York, NY): The Limited Editions Club, 1946. small 4to. quarter leather, marbled paper-covered boards, gilt spines, slipcase. lxviii, 345+(1); (viii), 347-738; (viii), 739-1103+(1); (viii), 1105-1480; (viii), 1481-1848; (viii), 1849-2212; (viii), 2213-2537, (3) pages. 7 volumes. Limited to 1500 numbered copies (LEC 174). Illustrated with the etchings of Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Table of contents in each volume, with a table for the entire work at the beginning of Volume I. Text edited, with editor's introduction and index, by J.B. Bury. Introductory letter to the reader by Philip Geudalla. Marginal notes throughout text. Includes maps of the Empire, in various stages of its history, on endpapers of each volume. Richard Wendorf notes that Gibbon found Piranesi's "juxtaposition of the old and the new not only the inspiration for, but also the central thesis of what would become his magnum opus." See Wendorf, "Piranesi's Double Ruin" in Eighteenth Century Studies 34:2 (Winter 2001), 161-180. Volumes one and two sunned on spine. Loss of leather to all volumes except volume V, with severe loss to the head and tail of spine of volume III. Slipcase present, yet cracked at the upper hinge.
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