The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Author: Edward GibbonPeter Jones
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 1872
By Edward Gibbon
Printed In London For Bell & Daldy
The Volume is in Very Good Condition bound in half calf over marbled boards, with the spines divided into six gilt-stamped compartments by five gilt & raised bands, with red morocco letter-piece in the second compartment from the top, green author and volume number label in the fourth, with marbled leaf edges. Externally the boards and spines are lightly scuffed in general with no significant splits or chipping to the spines, and with board corners and edges bumped a bit. Internally the leaves are generally clean and amply margined, with some mild toning or foxing, and with some small stains occasionally in the margins, and little else in the way of tears or creasing otherwise.
The Volume is Complete in All Respects with frontispiece portrait and Two Maps.
See below for pagination & dimensions.
Of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is a six-volume work by the English historian Edward Gibbon. It traces Western civilization (as well as the Islamic and Mongolian conquests) from the height of the Roman Empire to the fall of Byzantium. Volume I was published in 1776 and went through six printings. Volumes II and III were published in 1781; volumes IV, V, and VI in 1788–1789. The six volumes cover the history, from 98 to 1590, of the Roman Empire, the history of early Christianity and then of the Roman State Church, and the history of Europe, and discusses the decline of the Roman Empire among other things. Gibbon’s work remains a great literary achievement and a very readable introduction to the period, but considerable progress has since been made in history and archaeology, and his interpretations no longer represent current academic knowledge or thought. In The World of Late Antiquity (1971), Peter Brown offers an alternative interpretation of the period between the second and eighth centuries AD, and Framing the Early Middle Ages (2005) by Christopher Wickham presents hitherto unavailable evidence from both documentary and archaeological sources.
Pagination & Dimensions
The volume is paginated as follows: Vol. I.: [iii]-l, -522. Vol. II.: [v]-xiv, -560. Vol. III.: [v]-xiv, -582. Vol. IV.: [iii]-xiv, -554. Vol. V.: [iii]-xii, -535. Vol. VI.: [iii]-xiv, -573, . Vol. VII.: [v]-xviii, -594. The volume collates as follows: Vol. I.: [x]1, b-d, B-2K8, 2L4, 2M1. Vol. II.: [x]1, [A]6, B-2N8. Vol. III.: [x]1, [A]6, B-2O8, 2P8. Vol. IV.: [x]1, A6, B-2M8, 2N4, 2O1. Vol. V.: A6, B-2N8, 2M4. Vol. VI.: [x]1, [A]6, B-2N8, 2O7. Vol. VII.: [x]1, [A]-2P8, 2Q1. Each volume measures about 18 cm. By 12.5 cm. By 3-3.5 cm. Each leaf measures about 175 mm. By 115 mm.