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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire [1789] - 14 Volumes [Complete]

£250.00

Product description

An interesting and uncommon octavo edition of Gibbon's Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire published in 1789, printed in Switzerland. Full tan leather binding, 5 raised bands on spine with gilt lettering and spine labels. Marbled end papers.

Published by Basil, Second Edition. volumes 1-12, together with volume 13 consisting of notes to the first 6 books, and volume 14 notes to the last 6.

Considered as a 'pirate' international edition; meaning that no money was probably paid to the author, there being no international copyright at the time. However the Norton's bibliography states that this edition is 'an important one' and Gibbon himself, stated that the text is 'wonderfully correct' at the same time urging the printing of the London octavo to forestall the pirates.

In fair to good condition. Several volumes have cracked along the spine strip, volume one's boards are detached. Some spine labels are missing. Marks and and staining on the covers. Light yellowing and foxing to the pages. All pages appear to be complete and the bindings are sound and tight.

Please contact the Witney shop if you would like any further information or photographs.

This item will be dispatched using a courier service.

Item details

Added value:
Interesting and Uncommon Edition
Author(s):
Edward Gibbon
Condition:
Fair
Dimensions:
21.5cm x 14cm
Edition:
1789
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
0
Publisher:
Basil
Title:
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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About this item

An interesting and uncommon octavo edition of Gibbon's Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire published in 1789, printed in Switzerland. Full tan leather binding, 5 raised bands on spine with gilt lettering and spine labels. Marbled end papers.

Published by Basil, Second Edition. volumes 1-12, together with volume 13 consisting of notes to the first 6 books, and volume 14 notes to the last 6.

Considered as a 'pirate' international edition; meaning that no money was probably paid to the author, there being no international copyright at the time. However the Norton's bibliography states that this edition is 'an important one' and Gibbon himself, stated that the text is 'wonderfully correct' at the same time urging the printing of the London octavo to forestall the pirates.

In fair to good condition. Several volumes have cracked along the spine strip, volume one's boards are detached. Some spine labels are missing. Marks and and staining on the covers. Light yellowing and foxing to the pages. All pages appear to be complete and the bindings are sound and tight.

Please contact the Witney shop if you would like any further information or photographs.

This item will be dispatched using a courier service.

Added value:
Interesting and Uncommon Edition
Author(s):
Edward Gibbon
Condition:
Fair
Dimensions:
21.5cm x 14cm
Edition:
1789
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
0
Publisher:
Basil
Title:
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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