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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Quarto, 6 volumes. Mixed early editions. Three quarters leather; elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, two burgundy gilt morocco lettering labels. In near fine condition. The frontispiece portrait of Gibbon is after Sir Joshua Reynolds, the three engraved folding maps are of the Western and Eastern Roman Empire, and a folding map of Constantinople this map is in its original folded issue, instead of the more common method of having the plate trimmed to the margin and inserted; it is more rare in this folded state.
The books cover the Roman Empire after Marcus Aurelius, from to Gibbon is called the 1st modern historian of ancient Rome. Although he published other books, Gibbon devoted much of his life to this one work. He compared the publication of each succeeding volume to a newborn. Gibbon offers an explanation for why the Roman Empire fell, a task difficult because of few comprehensive written sources, tho he wasn't the only historian to tackle the subject.
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is a six-volume work by the English Gibbon offers an explanation for the fall of the Roman Empire, a task made difficult . Writings is devoted largely to his reflections on how the book virtually became his life. . Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire ( ).
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