GIBBON, EDWARD. 1737-1794.
1. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. London: W. & A. Strahan & T. Cadell, 1776-1788. 6 volumes. , 586, , lxxxviii, [1 errata]; , [1 errata], [1 blank], 640; , [1 errata], [1 blank], 640; , viii, , 620; , 684; , 646, , [1 errata] pp. Half-titles. List of contents for vol. 1 bound in vol. 1. Frontispiece portrait by Hall after Reynolds, three folding engraved maps. 4to (269 x 208 mm).
2. Miscellaneous Works. London: A. Strahan, T. Cadell Jun., W, Davies, 1796. John Murray, 1815. 3 volumes. Edited by John, Lord Sheffield. Without half-titles. 2 frontispiece portraits. Folding genealogical table. Ads in vol. 3. 4to (270 x 203 mm).
Together, 9 volumes. Uniformly bound in period speckled calf, spines gilt in compartments, raised bands, red and black gilt-lettered morocco spine labels. Very intermittent spotting (including to maps), marginal repair to an index leaf, vol. 2 title and half-title washed, vol. 7 frontispiece laid down, vol. 9 frontispiece offset to title, rebacked with original spines laid down, new endpapers, vol. 1 spine creased, 2 vols. with nicks to spines, vols. 6 & 7 upper joints starting.
First editions, first issue of the Decline and Fall, with errata uncorrected and cancel leaves x4 & a4 in volume one. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is generally acclaimed as the greatest historical work in the English language. The original print run of 500 copies was expanded to 1000 on a hunch, hence the presence of two states. Scarce in contemporary binding and with all half-titles present. The first half-title bears a manuscript notation under "volume the first," viz., "The 2 is not yet published." A handsome, fresh set, particularly attractive as it was expanded to include the Miscellaneous Works. Norton 20, 23-29; Rothschild 942; Grolier/English 58.