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He also believed its comparative pacifism tended to hamper the traditional Roman martial spirit. Finally, like other Enlightenment thinkers, Gibbon held in contempt the Middle Ages as a priest-ridden, superstitious, dark age.

It was not until his own age of reason and rational thought, it was believed, that human history could resume its progress. Gibbon sees the Praetorian Guard as the primary catalyst of the empire's initial decay and eventual collapse, a seed planted by Augustus at the establishment of the empire. He cites repeated examples of the Praetorian Guard abusing their power with calamitous results, including numerous instances of imperial assassination and incessant demands for increased pay.

Catalogue: Folio Society. With Notes By the Rev. Milman, in Six Volumes. London, John Murray. Moderate foxing of fold-out maps else clean and tight with only very occasional foxing. Wear to fore edge of volume one and bottom of spines ofvolumes 3,4 and six.

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Bright gold spine titles. Overall a very nice,solid, set. Hand marbled boards, raised bands. Heavy set will require additional postage. Catalogue: Roman Empire. London, Oxford University Press, , Reprint. West Wessex Books Professional seller.

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Catalogue: History. Edited and with an Introduction By Betty Radice. Eight Volume Set in Two Slipcases. London, The Folio Society. Carmarthenshire Rare Books Professional seller. With notes by Dean Milman and M. A new edition, with additional notes by William Smith in eight volumes. John Murray, London, First edition, Original Decorated Blindstamped Cloth. With folding coloured frontispiece maps. Front joint slightly cracked. Binding otherwise tight. Note on verso front free endpaper and blank leaf.

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Slight fraying to head and foot spine. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. The History of the Decline and. With folding coloured frontispiece map. Spine somewhat soiled. The History of the Decline and F. London, Folio Society. Books and slipcases in vg clean condition, hardly used. Eric T. Moore Books Professional seller. For the use of families and young persons. Reprinted from the original text, with the careful omission of all passages of an irreligious or immoral tendency.

By Thomas Bowdler. Ecken berieben, stellenweise leicht stockfleckig. Brown hardback half-leather cover. G : in Good condition without dust jacket. Barter Books Professional seller. Although volumes II and III are second editions, they are, in actuality, reissues of the first editions with canceled titles, and have three new maps not present in the firsts.

A beautiful set. His investigations extended over almost the whole range of intellectual activity for nearly years. And so thorough were his methods that the laborious investigations of German scholarship, the keen criticisms of theological zeal, and the steady researches of two centuries have brought to light very few important errors in the results of his labors. But it is not merely the learning of his work, learned as it is, that gives it character as a history. It is also that ingenious skill by which the vast erudition, the boundless range, the infinite variety, and the gorgeous magnificence of the details are all wrought together in a symmetrical whole.

It is still entitled to be esteemed as the greatest historical work ever written" Adams, Manual of Historical Literature, Octavo, original three quarters leathers, gilt tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers and endpapers, frontispiece of Gibbon to volume one. From the library of Andrew Dickson White, with his bookplate to each volume. Dickson White was a United States diplomat, historian, and educator, who was the co-founder of Cornell University. In very good condition.

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Cadell, in the Strand, Quarto, six volumes, bound in full contemporary calf, engraved portrait, 3 folding engraved maps, gilt titles to the spine, elaborate gilt tooling to the spine, red and green lettering labels within raised bands. In excellent condition with some toning and light wear, contemporary bookplates. London: A. Strahan and T. Cadell Jun. First editions. Quarto, 3 volumes.