Lot 184

Edward (Gibbon)

History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Abridged, 2 vol., occasional spotting, bookplate of Matthew Fortescue, 2nd Baron Fortescue, contemporary tree calf, rubbed, vol. 2 hinges started, 1790; The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, A New Edition, 12 vol., first complete 8vo edition, 4 engraved folding maps of the Roman Empire, author’s portrait, slight offsetting, occasional spotting or foxing, ownership note of G. Maddison, contemporary speckled calf, marbled endpapers, rubbed and worn, 1st vol. upper board detached, [Norton 38], 1791-92, Strahan & Cadwell; Guizot (M. F., transl.) Histoire de la decadence et de la chute de l’Empire Roman, Nouvelle edition, 13 vol., half titles, occasional spotting, light browning, contemporary French cobalt polished calf, spine elaborately gilt, gilt tooled arms of the Lycée Louis-le-Grand to upper boards, marbled endpapers and fore-edges, corners and spine rubbed, [Norton 85], Ledentu, Paris, 1828, with another, all 4to (27)

***The third edition is a translation by Guizot, later Prime Minister of France.

Third title’s provenance. From the Lycée Louis-le-Grand, the leading Jesuit college in France. Founded in 1563 by the Jesuits as the Collège de Clermont, it was renamed in King Louis XIV of France’s honour after he extended his direct patronage to it in 1682.

Estimate: £300-£400