London: John Murray, 1854.
Leatherbound. 8 volumes. Bound in three-quarter wine morocco leather by Bayntun with marbled boards, top edges gilt, and raised bands. With portraits and maps throughout. Very good. Item #1362
H: 9" W: 2" D: 5.75"
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) was an English historian, writer and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was 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 polemical criticism of organised religion.