New York: Allen Lane/The Penguin Press, 1994. Reprint. Hardcover. vg+ to near fine. Quartos. B/w illustrated slipcase. B/w illustrated dust jackets with white lettering on front covers and spines. Black cloth boards with silver lettering on spines. The set is a modern reprint of Gibbon's now classic work, originally published in six volumes from 1776-1789. The work follows the development Western civilization from the height of the Roman Empire in 98 to the fall of Byzantium in 1590, including the history of early Christianity, the Roman State Church, and the history of Europe. "Because of its relative objectivity and heavy use of primary sources, unusual at the time, its methodology became a model for later historians. This led to Gibbon being called the first 'modern historian of ancient Rome'." Dust jackets with some minor smudging and some light creasing at cornes and edges. Bindings with some minor bumping to tailes of spines. Interiors with some occasion minor smudges. Slipcase, jackets, bindings and interiors all in overall very good+ to near fine conditon. (Inventory #: 41312)
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