The Decline and Fall Of The Roman Empire Gibbon 8 Volumes Folio Society 1983-90


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The History Of The Decline and Fall Of The Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

A superb eight volume edition of Gibbons History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, first published in 1776 with completion in 1788. Edited and with introduction by Betty Radice, the text used in this edition is reproduced from the Everyman Edition,1910, published by J M Dent and Son. Contents Volume 1: The Turn of the Tide, Volume 2: Constantine and the Christian Empire, Volume 3: The Revival and Collapse of Paganism, Volume 4: The End of the Western Empire, Volume 5: Justinian and the Roman Law, Volume 6: Mohammed and the Rise of the Arabs, Volume 7: the Normans in Italy and the Crusades, Volume 8: the fall of Constantinople and the Papacy in Rome. One volume published each year, thus volume 1 published in 1983, volume 2 in 1984, etc. to volume 8 published in 1990.

Edward Gibbon is the greatest of the historians of the Enlightenment, the only one of them who is still read not only as a stylist but also as a historian. Two centuries of massive scholarship and constant intellectual evolution have inevitably left many marks on Roman, Byzantine and even more on medieval European history; but it remains a remarkable fact that anyone who wishes to study the later Roman or Byzantine Empire will still find Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire the best, as well as the most readable narrative of it. Gibbon is the first great historian of a remote past whom the work of later centuries has not driven from the field.


  • Publisher Folio Society, London; 1983-90
  • Brown Cloth Hardback with Gilt Titles and Decoration, 320, 348, 367, 394, 394, 377, 440, 363pp
  • Illustrated throughout with maps to endpapers, b/w plates and maps
  • Size 260 x 165mm, 8.5kg

Condition: Very Good – Good Slipcases, No Inscriptions, Very Good Mostly Unread Copies

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