EDWARD GIBBON (1737-1794), born in Putney, Surrey. He was a sickly child and his education at Westminster and Magdalen College, Oxford, was irregular. At the age of 16 he became Catholic. Within weeks of his conversion, the adolescent was removed from Oxford and sent to live under the care and tutelage of Daniel Pavillard, reformed pastor of Lausanne, Switzerland. There he also met the daughter of the pastor of Crassy, a young woman named Suzanne Curchod, who would later become the wife of Louis XVI's finance minister ...
EDWARD GIBBON (1737-1794), born in Putney, Surrey. He was a sickly child and his education at Westminster and Magdalen College, Oxford, was irregular. At the age of 16 he became Catholic. Within weeks of his conversion, the adolescent was removed from Oxford and sent to live under the care and tutelage of Daniel Pavillard, reformed pastor of Lausanne, Switzerland. There he also met the daughter of the pastor of Crassy, a young woman named Suzanne Curchod, who would later become the wife of Louis XVI's finance minister Jacques Necker, and the mother of Mme de Stael, but his father persuaded him to break off the engagement. In 1754 he reconverted to Protestantism. From 1759 he served as a captain in the Hampshire Militia until he left again for the Continent in 1763. He published in 1761 his "Essai sur letude de la litterature, of which an English version appeared in 1764. In 1774 Gibbon entered Parliament and was made a commissioner of trade and plantations. It was in Italy that he formed the plan of his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1788). According to Gibbon, the Roman Empire succumbed to barbarian invasions in large part due to the gradual loss of civic virtue among its citizens. Christianity had also his own responsibility because it created a belief that a better life existed after death, which fostered an indifference to the present among Roman citizens, thus sapping their desire to sacrifice for a larger purpose.
New in New jacket. Lang: -English, Vol: -Volume 2, Pages 503. It is the reprint edition of the original edition which was published long back (1787). The book is printed in black on high quality paper with Matt Laminated colored dust cover. We found this book important for the readers who want to know more about our old treasure so we brought it back to the shelves. We tried to manage the best possible copy but in some cases, there may be some pages which are blur or missing or with black spots. We expect that you will understand our compulsion in these books. Print on Demand.
Gian Battista Piranesi. Good. No Jacket. Hardcover. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Minor edge and corner wear, scuffed and scratched, corners are gently bumped and rubbed, some chipping in the top and base of the spine, overall a clean used copy! Marbled boards with black leatherette binding and gilt lettering and design on the spine. Mapped endpapers. Pages number 1481-1848 and are very clean unmarked, uncreased and full of historical content. "Edward Gibbon is one of those few who hold as high a place in the history of literature as in the roll of great historians. He concerns us here as an historian; our business is to consider how far the view which he has presented of the decline and fall of the roman Empire can be accepted as faithful to the facts, and in what respects it needs correction in the light of discoveries which have been made since he wrote. But the fact that his work, composed more than a hundred years ago, is still successful with thegeneral circle of educated people, and has not gone the way of Hume and Robertaon, whom we laud as 'classics' and leave on the cold shelves, is due to the singularly happy union of the historian and the man of letters. Gibbon thus ranks with Thucydides and Tacitus, and is perhaps the clearest example that brilliance of style and accuracy of statement----in Livy's case conspicuously divorced----are perfectly compatible in an historian....."-----from the Introduction. Volume V.
Fair. No Jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Copy half bound with marbled paper on boards. Top section of calf spine missing. Spine rubbed around edges and on corners. Patterned end papers. Light foxing to early and late folios and occasionally through contents. Clean text.
Fair. No dust jacket. 1809. First Edition Vol V. 423 pages. No dust jacket. Brown and green leather boards with gilt lettering, contains pictorial plates. Pages remain bright with light cracking to hinges causing boards to be a little limp. Moderate staining and light foxing inside. Binding is firm with light corner bumping and rubbing around the edges of the boards. Spine is tanned with moderate edge wear and scuffing to the ends. World of Rare Books Item ref. 1491991653HJG (Use this ID when enquiring about this item. )
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