The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire

GIBBON, EDWARD:  [ Bognummer: 166660 ] 6 vols. London: Strahan, and Cadell, in the Strand 1776-88. With engraved portrait and 3 engraved maps of which 2 are folded. A few leaves weakly foxed otherwise well-preserved, rebacked copy with coloured labels and richly gilt on spines, wide margins. With handwritten name on flyleaves. Bindings nicely restored.
Vols. 1-3 in second edition. Edward Gibbo [1737-1794] was an English historian, writer and Member of Parliament. This, his most important work, was first published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788 and is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organised religion. Yet his works are considered outdated today as Edward Gibbon's central thesis, that Rome fell due to embracing Christianity, is no longer accepted in academia today. [Wikipedia].
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