* GIBBON, Edward (1737-1794). History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume the First [-Sixth]. London: W. Strahan & T. Cadell, 1776-1788.
6 volumes, 4to. Vol. I: undated engraved portrait frontispiece by Hall after Joshua Reynolds, 12pp. contents, x4 and a4 are cancels, errata leaf; Vol. II: full-sheet folding map of the Eastern Roman Empire by Thomas Kitchin dated 1 January 1781 bound before p.1, half-sheet map of Constantinople and environs by Thomas Kitchin dated 1 January 1781 bound before p.22., G1 and Ll1 are cancels, errata leaf, ; Vol. III: full-sheet folding map of the Western Roman Empire by Thomas Kitchin dated 1 January 1781 before p.1, p.177 correctly numbered, p.179 line 18 reading "Honorious," errata leaf; Vol. IV: H3 and L2 are cancels; Vol. VI: errata for volumes IV-VI on 4Uv. (Lacking half-titles to all volumes, some scant spotting or staining, otherwise fine.) Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, smooth spines gilt (some light overall wear, some light chipping to spine ends, a few joints starting, a few covers detaching). Provenance: Sir Edward Crofton, 3rd Bart. (signatures); Lady Charlotte Crofton (bookplates).
FIRST EDITIONS, FIRST STATE OF VOLUME I with cancels x4 and a4 (so signed) and with the balance of the errata uncorrected. While the first volume was on the press, Strahan decided to increase the print run from 500 to 1000 copies; the second 500 or so copies, constituting the second state, have the errata corrected through p.183 (here uncorrected). The portrait frontispiece and 12pp. of contents, issued with volume II, are bound in to volume I. "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is the only historical narrative prior to Macauley which continues to be reprinted and actually read" (PMM). Grolier English 58; Norton 20, 23, 29; PMM 222.
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