Description:"8vo, pp. , 293; frontispiece portrait, 10 plates (1 double..."8vo, pp. , 293; frontispiece portrait, 10 plates (1 double page), 3 full-page illustrations in text; some annotations throughout (mostly corrections); original black cloth, gilt spine; near fine copy."
Publisher: Bibliographical Society, London, 1950 second issue of the first edition...
Description:A Fine unopened copy of the scarce second issue. Edition of...A Fine unopened copy of the scarce second issue. Edition of fewer than 100 copies. Original linen-backed boards, 8vo. 288 pp, 14 ills. Though Gibbon's library was dispersed after his death, the catalogue probably lists "quite five-sixths of the books composing Gibbon's 'numerous and select library' ". The preface-which Keynes clearly took pride in having written in Gibbonian style-describes Keynes' research and sources and the value of attempting to reconstruct Gibbon's library. The introduction sketches Gibbon's life in terms of his interest in books. Keynes' work was first published in 1940 by Jonathan Cape but with a war on very few copies sold and most of the stock was destroyed by bombs. Fewer than 100 sets of sheets were salvaged, bound (with one missing section reprinted) and issued by the Bibliographical Society in 1950. This is one of those copies-the second issue of the first edition.
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