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Throughout his life, George Washington acquired an extensive collection of books on the subjects of military history and politics. This six-volume set, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by the English historian Edward Gibbon, was listed in the inventory of Washington's library composed after his death. By studying the causes of the decline of the Roman Empire, Washington learned valuable lessons from the political errors of past military generals. Washington marked all six volumes with his bookplate and autograph, however his signature was clipped from Volume I at an unknown later date.

For George Washington's other volumes from this series, see W-401/B, W-401/C, W-401/D, W-401/E, and W-401/F.

Description

Volume one of a set of six volumes. Brown leather calf binding, octavo size. The front and back covers are embossed with gilt along the edges. The spine is covered with embossed gilding and contains the book's title embossed with gilt on a red ground: GIBBON'S / ROMAN / EMPIRE. Below the title, the spine contains the volume number embossed with gilt on a black ground: 1 [encircled]. This volume contains a portrait frontispiece and a fold-out map. George Washington's bookplate inside the front cover. Recto of first fly leaf carries the bookplate of John Matthews, and the bookplate of W. K. Bixby. Recto of second fly leaf carries the bookplate of William H. and Miriam Lutcher Stark. Two fly leafs in the front of the book fold-out and contain a letter from Mrs. H. J. Lutcher Stark (Nita Hill Stark, the daughter-in-law of Miriam Lutcher Stark) to Mrs. Maxey dated February 25, 1927. Edward Gibbon devoted much of his life to this landmark publication on Roman history and he is often referred to as the first modern historian of ancient Rome.

The full title of this volume is THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE; BY EDWARD GIBBON, ESQ.; VOLUME THE FIRST; A NEW EDITION

Pagination: xiv, 456
Size: 8 vo.

Date

1783


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Material/Technique

Leather, gilt, ink, laid paper


Dimensions

Overall: 8 1/2 in. x 5 3/8 in. x 1 5/8 in. (21.59 cm x 13.65 cm x 4.13 cm)


Credit Line

Gift of Miriam Melissa Lutcher Stark, 1927


Signed

None (Note: George Washington signed the top section of the title page, however the signature was clipped. The missing section of paper was filled by a conservator.)


Object Number

W-401/A


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