One of the most influential history books written in English.
GIBBON, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. London: Printed for T Cadell, Strand et al, 1838.
8vo, [8 volumes]; recently rebound in half morocco over marbled boards with cloth hinges, spine with contrasting morocco lettering-pieces in 2 compartments, all edges brown; steel-engraved portrait frontispiece of Edward Gibbon by F.A. Dean after Sir Joshua Reynolds in I, 3 engraved folding maps by J. Cross, Cursitor Street and H. Mutlow of the Eastern and Western part of the Roman Empire and of the parts of Europe and Asia adjacent to Constantinople; bound without half-titles in five volumes, slight marginal toning throughout, usual foxing to maps, very slight foxing and slight creasing to a few leaves, minor ink spotting to III, pp. 566-567 and 570-571, offsetting from frontispiece and map in vols I and VI respectively, one map with small marginal tear; nontheless an attractively-bound and fresh set.
New edition. 'This masterpiece of historical penetration and literary style has remained one of the ageless historical works which…maintain their hold upon the layman and continue to stimulate the scholar although they have been superseded in many, if not most, details by subsequent advances of research and changes in the climate of opinion.' Printing and the Mind of Man, Munich 1983, no. 222.
Lowndes, II, 884.