London: Printed for W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1777-1788. Third edition of Vol. 1, First editions of Vols. 2-6. Six volumes, uniform 4tos; frontispiece portrait of Gibbon from a painting by Joshua Reynolds, I: , vi-vi, , (1)-704; II: , (1)-640, with folding map between pp. 22-23, [1 errata]; III: , (1)-640, [1 errata]; IV: [i], ii-viii, , (1)-620; V: , (1)-684; VI: , (1)-646, [51 General Index], [1 errata]; contemporary three-quarter calf and marbled boards; folding map loosely inserted in Volume 1; bound without half-titles. Neat, contemporary ownership signatures; hinges worn and most covers detached or nearly so; spine dried and flaking; extremities rubbed; portrait in Vol. 1 foxed, otherwise the set is internally clean and with only scattered marking and soil, a few inoffensive spots of foxing. Item #206212
Complete set of the indelible work that invented the modern discipline of history writing. (Additional shipping charge required).