Miscellaneous Works Of Edward Gibbon, Esquire. With Memoirs Of His Life And Writings,




Printed for A. Strahan, and T.Cadell Jun, and W, Davies (Successors to Mr, Cadell) in the Strand, Vols. I-II; Printed for John Murray, 50, Albemarle-Street (Vol. III).




1796; 1815

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THREE VOLUMES. FIRST EDITIONS (Vol. III, first 4to edition). 4to. 9 x 11.5 inches. Vol. I, xxv + [i] + 703 pp.; Vol. II, viii + 726 + [2] pp. errata and publisher's advertisement; Vol. III, x + [ii] + 691 pp. The Latin epitaph of Gibbon is here placed at the front of the volume, rather than at the end as indicated by the table of contents. Some text in French. Bound in full calf boards with gilt borders; spines in compartments with gilt bands and decorations, with contrasting red morocco title labels, gilt. Marbled endpapers. Some scattered foxing and stain left by silk tie, Vol. III, pp. 400-01. A little age wear to extremities, but otherwise a very good crisp set. Armourial bookplates of Baron Northwick. Illustrated by silhouette and portrait frontispieces, folding genealogical table and by tables in text. Decorated by tailpiece vignettes. [Contents:] Vol. I, Memoirs of My Life and Writing. Letters to and from Edward Gibbon (including Lord Sheffield), nos. 1-210. Vol. II, Abstracts of my Reading; Extracts from my Journal; A Collection of his Remarks and Detached Pieces; Outlines of the History of the World; A Vindication of some Passages in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth and Sixteenth Chapters of the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire; Antiquities of the House of Brunswick [and five other sections]. Vol. III, 29 sections, including classical and historical studies, ancient weights and measures, the Position of the Meridional Line, Section IV of the Antiquities of the House of Brunswick, and Letters to and from Mr. Gibbon, nos. 1-74. A greater part of this volume is in French. The original two 1796 volumes of the miscellaneous works of Edward Gibbon with the additional third volume of 1815, which was republished by John Murray in quarto (after the first five volume complete octavo edition of 1814) in order to match the first two volumes. These were edited by Gibbon's close friend and literary executor, the politician, John Holroyd, Earl of Sheffield (1735-1821). The three volumes include Gibbon's autobiographical account, journal extracts and letters and a wide variety of miscellaneous writings, on classical and historical subjects, many in French. This copy is from the library of John Rushout, 2nd Baron Northwick (1770-1859), landowning peer and art collector, who travelled in Italy, and numbered Gibbon and the Hamiltons among his friends. (ESTC T19696). THIS IS A LARGE AND HEAVY SET WHICH WILL INCUR SHIPPING COSTS ABOVE THE DEFAULT RATE QUOTED BY ABE. PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY IF YOU WOULD LIKE A QUOTATION FOR POSTAGE BEFORE ORDERING.

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